Guest blog: The Common-sense Solutions to our Climate and Nature Crises
Guest blog by Neil Kitching: a geographer who works as an Energy Specialist for a public agency in Scotland. His role is to support innovation and investment by businesses in renewable and low carbon heat and water solutions.
The Sustainable Development Goals are a comprehensive package of targets to make the planet greener, to improve equality and to enhance our lives. However, most politicians and pressure groups only have the capacity to focus on one major issue. I have written my first book, Carbon Choices, on the common-sense solutions to our climate and nature crises. What is interesting is that when I look at the book in relation to the 17 sustainable development goals I find that my book touches on them all. Maybe that is the geographer in me coming to the fore – jack of all trades, but master of none. Clearly ‘climate action’ and ‘clean energy’ is at the core of the book. We need to tax fossil fuels, subsidise new greener technology and support developing countries in order to accelerate the transition to renewable energy. But unsustainable consumption is at the heart of our climate crises – whether that is our unhealthy diets, travelling unnecessarily or buying fast fashion. ‘Responsible consumption and production’, consuming less, but better quality and businesses adopting a circular economy where everything is reused or recycled will help.
Water – too much of it, too little or poor quality – will be the medium through which most of us first feel the effects of climate change (flooding or drought). The goal of ‘clean water and sanitation’ is relevant here. Meanwhile ‘gender equality’ provides women with rights and empowers them to choose the size of their family which helps to prevent unsustainable population growth.
I wrote this book out of frustration that society was doing too little to tackle climate change. Part of the problem is that the people in power were never taught about climate change and its devastating impacts at school – hence ‘quality education’ is important. But the climate crisis is not just about the weather and its impact on humans. Nature will be affected adversely by a changing climate; whilst the destruction of nature, such as loss of forests and mangroves, increases climate change. The SD goals of ‘life on land’ and ‘life below water’ are relevant.
To support a sustainable economy and planet we need much stronger, and sensible, government regulations. Business then needs to apply the regulations and only then can retailers offer consumers clearer and better carbon choices.
Carbon Choices is available on or you can read more at This book will interest all those who have an interest in climate, nature and our future. I will donate one third of profits to rewilding projects.