Lucy Curno Future Stewards

Tackling the climate crisis with small daily actions, together.

 

We talk a lot about taking small daily actions for the natural world around you. With the release of the IPCC Report on climate change – deemed a code red for the world – we’re advocating more than ever for the importance of small daily steps that lead towards a path of change for our world. We believe in the power of humanity to change the narrative for our collective future, and it’s a pivotal time in history to come together and create that movement. 

“People who are alive today will determine the fate of humanity.”
– Joelle Gergis, Australian Scientist, and co-creator of the IPCC 2021 report 

Now, we’ll stop for a second here, because I know at this point it’s incredibly easy to become overwhelmed. Believe me, we’ve all been there. Often multiple times in a day. Sometimes it feels easier to tune out of the reality of our natural world, and tune into your to-do list instead. Remember that washing that needs to be done? Or the dogs that need to be taken for a walk? Some days it is easier to change the station all together. Yet, we believe there’s a balance between acknowledging our part in restoring the natural world and future of our planet, and doing this in a collaborative, supported and empowered way – a way in which you want to tune in. In fact, you even want to encourage others around you to listen to the same station.  

Once again, Joelle Gergis summarises it poignantly when she discusses the sheer amount of agency held by a community when you stop to think about what we can do as individuals. The catch here, is that as individuals we also need to realise we live in a time where everyone is needed. Where small daily actions have a huge impact if we all do them together. 

“This problem isn’t going away and we really need to step up and realise there is so much worth saving.” 

Damon Gameau, the force behind the game-changing documentary 2040 is another powerhouse in the world of tackling climate change and advocating for nature-based solutions. Damon says ultimately there just needs to be a narrative shift in the story we’ve been told about our interaction with the planet. And we couldn’t agree more. 

“If you look prescientific revolution, lots of cultures told a different story about their interaction with the planet. If you look at even our own indigenous culture, the language is custodians of the land – the native American Indians was mother earth and father sky…” 

As a society we’ve felt the effects of the dwindling loss of our deep-felt connection to nature, and the loss of our understanding that we are in fact a part of nature, not apart from it. But now is our chance to start again. Now is our opportunity to re-define our relationship with the world around us, which shares both our breath and our heartbeat.  

“We’ve seen the planet as this cold rock floating through a brutal galaxy, and we’ve lost the meaning and significance, the story of what it actually means to us. So, if we are going to get out of this mess, I think it’s really crucial that that metaphor and underlying story we tell ourselves needs to be re-told in a spectacular new way.” 

Damon adds that we don’t often give ourselves the opportunity to be idle anymore. To stop and dream, and it’s time to give ourselves the space to stop and imagine a brighter future. 

So now’s the time. The stories we tell can limit us, but we can begin to tell a new story, starting with ourselves. What is the story of a brighter future you hope for? Is it one of transforming feelings of despair into hope and achievable action? 

CVA is on a mission towards a world where people and nature flourish together, but how do we kickstart this new story?  

Great question. We’re here to offer a few ways you can show up for the world in your daily life – and remember, we’re in this together.  

 

Here’s how we can start taking daily actions to connect us, and tell ourselves a new story of hope: 

 

  • Learn from one of our Project Officers about how you can be more conscious of your plastic use.

GIVE ME TIPS FOR REDUCING PLASTIC

 

  • Join us for an event near you to meet like minds and roll up your sleeves to look after country, together. 

SHOW ME VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

 

  • Conversations with friends and family – sometimes the most courageous thing to do is start a conversation! 

Here are a few suggested convo topics from the Climate Council, who have made it fun and easy to think about how you could bring up climate change topics (who doesn’t love fun and easy!)

I WANT TO START CONVERSATIONS

 

  • Gather friends and family and watch the 2040 documentary.

Source some enviro-friendly snacks and get ready to be uplifted and inspired to do your part to tackle climate change and start those conversations.

I'M READY TO WATCH!