Kittens, climate change and winning amazon vouchers

You know that classic interview question: ‘what is your biggest weakness?’ I am yet to be asked it but my honest answer would have to be time management. And, in this period of the academic year, more splattered with assignments, dissertation developments and stress than most, it is a concern I should take seriously.

Along with doing flatmates’ washing up and watching two episodes of Home and Away, viewing a kitten fall asleep fitted neatly into my advanced diet of procrastination this week. Deadlines are impending yet credit-laden essays do not stimulate nearly as much curiosity or concern as their subjects deserve. I don’t think I am alone here, right?

The problem I have is that there is a good two weeks until my next deadline. Its looming presence is yet to really sink in. And, it’s not going to sink in until I receive that metaphoric cold shower of realisation – that horrible threshold that, when crossed, drops a slowly sinking fear of the ever-closer Turnitin hour of doom into your stomach.

Yeah, that fear inevitably forces me to cobble something together on time, but, it is never as good as I wanted it to be. Maybe it was not as well researched or as eloquently worded as it could have been. Maybe I miss that percentage that I could have attained.

This got me thinking, how similar is my ineptitude regarding time management to the global response to climate change? Both situations fail to deal with the issues of tomorrow because we are more concerned with making ourselves, and others, happy today. Or maybe we are inherently lazy.

The Giddens Paradox states that action will not be taken to tackle climate change because the dangers are not tangible. However, when they do become tangible it will be a tad too late to do much about it. Climate change needs to be made tangible, away from the distractions of daily life.

So, that’s the solution to climate change then – a worldwide ban on videos of cute kittens.

Alternatively, we could try incepting that same slowly sinking fear into the stomachs of the policy makers who will go to the Paris climate change talks in December.  Applying pressure in whichever way to show that the future of the world is something that should be appropriately dealt with today might just see some positive outcomes. But to do this effectively, those applying the pressure would need the appropriate knowledge.

Decisions on when, where and how to take action on climate change are all questions we discuss pretty regularly here on the MSc Carbon Management course. One project we are currently running is looking into the energy future the UK needs to meet its 80% carbon emissions reduction target.

We are running a competition to see who can create the best UK energy future for 2050 using an online calculator and game. We would love to get as many people engaged and continuing this conversation as possible.

So, if you feel like avoiding an assignment for just another couple minutes, please do give it a try! Click here to enter on the blog or enter on facebook. Create the most viable and impressive scenario and you will win a £10 amazon voucher. Disagree with someone else’s then ask about it.

Right, time for another episode of Home and Away

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