For the past few decades, Mother Earth has been facing a growing crisis – climate change. The rise in global temperatures, devastating extreme weather events, and the increasing levels of carbon dioxide emissions worldwide have all contributed to this pressing issue.
Last year, the average global temperature increased by 1.02 degrees Celsius, and if we don't take action soon, it's projected to rise even further, potentially reaching 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels in the coming years. Of the warmest months ever recorded, the top two warmest months have happened in July and August this year!
In light of these alarming statistics, the International Day of Climate Action serves as a beacon of hope. This day, which falls on October 24th each year, is dedicated to raising awareness about climate change and inspiring individuals to adopt environmentally-friendly habits for the betterment of our planet. At Kualesa, we are proud to be a part of this global movement for change, and we are committed to playing our role in addressing climate change.
The History of International Day of Climate Action
The International Day of Climate Action, as we know it today, originated as a direct action protest format initiated by environmentalists in 2005, in connection with the Global Climate Campaign. Its primary focus has always been to educate people about the adverse effects of human activities on global warming. Furthermore, this day calls upon elected representatives of governments to honor the commitments set forth by the Kyoto Protocol, an international treaty aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
In its early years, the movement saw participation from more than 35 countries worldwide, all united in their efforts to combat climate change. Fast forward to 2020, and this movement had expanded to include more than 154 countries and 2,362 cities hosting events to raise awareness about the rapid increase in global emissions and resource consumption. However, it's important to note that the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 limited the participation of many individuals and groups due to health and safety restrictions.
Despite these challenges, climate activists from diverse communities around the world continue to gather on March 19th with one shared goal: to increase awareness of climate change and inspire collective action.
Objectives of International Day of Climate Action
The International Day of Climate Action is driven by several key objectives:
1. Inform Everyone About Climate Change
Climate change is undeniably one of the most significant challenges humanity faces today. It is imperative that we educate ourselves about how it will impact our planet in the years to come and what changes we can make to mitigate its effects.
2. Change Peoples' Thinking
This day aims to encourage individuals to reflect on the importance of our planet and consider how they can show their appreciation by adopting sustainable habits. It challenges us to rethink our consumer choices and reduce our carbon footprint.
3. Take Action
A vital aspect of celebrating the International Day of Climate Action is motivating individuals in our communities to take concrete steps to protect our world. This can start with simple actions like choosing reusable products over disposables, recycling paper and plastic, and being mindful of energy consumption.
To put this into perspective, consider the impact of recycling: a single recycled plastic bottle saves enough energy to power a 100-watt bulb for four hours. Additionally, it leads to 20% less air pollution and 50% less water pollution compared to producing a new bottle. These small changes can collectively contribute to a significant reduction in climate change and global warming.
What Can We Do to Address Climate Change?
As climate change continues to shape the future of our world, there are roles to be played by governments, corporations, and individuals:
What Governments Need to Do
Many countries have taken significant steps by signing agreements like the Paris Agreement, which aims to limit global temperature increases to below 2 degrees Celsius, ideally 1.5 degrees Celsius. Nearly every country on Earth has endorsed this accord, and now it is time for governments to take concrete actions to fulfill the commitments outlined in the agreement.
What Big Corporations Can Do
Large corporations, with their broad reach and resources, can play a pivotal role in raising awareness about climate change. They can organize knowledge-based virtual seminars and events to educate the public about climate change and inspire action. Platforms like SCOOCS provide opportunities for hosting virtual events on various themes, including climate change awareness.
Responsibilities as an Individual
As individuals, we also have a vital role to play in protecting our planet. Consider these actions:
- Power your home with renewable energy sources.
- Choose energy-efficient products.
- Unplug devices and appliances when not in use.
- Reduce water wastage.
- Recycle plastic and other materials.
- Minimize your carbon footprint by using public transportation, carpooling, or driving fuel-efficient vehicles.
Kualesa's Commitment to Climate Action
At Kualesa, we recognize the urgency of addressing climate change, and we are dedicated to making a positive impact. Here's how we are contributing to a sustainable planet:
1. Planting Mangroves in Indonesia
In collaboration with our impact partner, Handprint, we are actively involved in planting mangroves in Indonesia through support from Yagasu. Yagasu focuses on restoring and protecting mangrove ecosystems by establishing mangrove nurseries. This initiative not only benefits the environment but also empowers local communities through livelihood and educational programs.
2. Eco-Friendly Packaging
We understand the environmental impact of packaging in the fashion industry. To reduce our footprint, we have adopted a completely renewable packaging process. Our biodegradable, compostable mailer bags are made from cornstarch and printed using eco-friendly, water-based inks. Our thank you cards and hangtags are also made from FSC-certified card, ensuring responsible and sustainable sourcing.
3. Bamboo Fabric
Our commitment to sustainability extends to the materials we use. Bamboo, as a sustainable resource, plays a significant role in our clothing production. Bamboo is known for its rapid regeneration, making it an eco-friendly alternative to materials like cotton and synthetic fabrics. Bamboo fabric is biodegradable and less harmful to the environment, aligning with our mission to reduce our environmental footprint.
In conclusion, climate change poses a significant threat to our society and planet. It is our collective responsibility to take meaningful steps to reduce its negative impacts. Governments, corporations, and individuals must all work together to address this global challenge. Celebrating the International Day of Climate Action is one way we can raise awareness and inspire action. At Kualesa, we are proud to contribute to a sustainable future, and we invite you to join us in our journey toward a more eco-conscious world. Together, we can make a difference and protect the Earth for generations to come.