Forgetting your bag for life and having to fork out for a plastic one has quickly become one of life’s great annoyances. It's not just a pain in the wallet, it's a slap in the face to your eco-conscious self, like a mini fail in the quest to shrink your carbon footprint.
And while it’s great that we’re all doing our bit to help combat climate change - are those with power doing enough on their end?
Whether it’s through government policies, green initiatives or caps on carbon emissions, Channel 4’s new Change Climate season is looking at solutions for the ongoing climate crisis.
Back in 2017, The Guardian reported that “just 100 companies have been the source of more than 70% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions since 1988.”
So while we’re stressing about which coloured bins to use, the world is still reaching record temperatures, wildfires are devastating countries and sea levels are rising. There’s no denying that as individuals we need to be continuing our efforts, but could those with power be doing more?
Since the 70s, there has been an emphasis on individual responsibility to solve climate change. And as soon as the term carbon footprint became popular we embarked on a bit of a guilt trip; splitting up our recycling, getting rid of plastic straws (and pathetically failing to use their paper counterparts!) and choosing greener modes of transportation to try and combat climate change.
We’ve been diligently changing our day-to-day habits to successfully reduce the impact we personally have on climate change. Go us! But the experts have set out the path to tackling climate change and it requires those with power to implement and enforce these changes, and do their bit too.
The term “carbon skidmark” has been coined to refer specifically to the impact big businesses, big oil companies and politicians are having on the environment and Channel 4’s skidmark pants shine a light on its upcoming series about the climate crisis, exploring solutions to the issue.
We're worried about our carbon footprint, but what are those with power doing about their carbon skidmark?
Click here to stream the Change Climate Season