The Isle of Wight is hosting the solar festival this Saturday to show locals how easy it is to live a more sustainable given the threat of climate change.
The Solar Festival, which has been part-funded by the European Commission, will offer advice on how to adapt our lifestyles to become more environmentally sustainable. As the understanding of a warming climate increases, and the impact this will have on the Island is recognised, there is a demand for safety to be addressed and measures to be taken to prevent damage to the Island's infrastructure, economy and resident's well-being.
The Isle of Wight's Euro MP Catherine Bearder, commented:
"The signs of climate change are there for all to see. It's so important that people start to live more sustainably otherwise the impact of climate change will get worse."
"The Solar Festival will be a great event and I hope people will come along to learn more about how to tackle climate change and live sustainably."
To find out more about the solar festival please visit www.changingclimate.org.uk.
Brief summary of likely climate changes for the Isle of Wight:
Rising global temperatures will bring changes in our weather patterns including increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather and rising sea levels. However, the warmer summers could boost our tourist trade and allow us to lead a healthier outdoor lifestyle. There are conflicting theories about how our winters will change, we could experience milder and wetter winters or the micro effects of climate change may result in more snow and ice.
Climate Adaptation and Mitigation:
Adaptation focuses on altering behaviour and researching ways to reduce the impact of a changing climate and more extreme weather events, then taking action to reduce the impacts. Adaptation is an important part of equipping ourselves with the necessary tools to reduce the impact which these weather events may throw at us, reducing the infrastructural and personal damage they can cause.
Mitigation against climate change addresses the causes of our warming climate, reducing the GHG (greenhouse gas) concentration in the atmosphere by limiting the amount of anthropogenic emissions.