I am so cold. It’s only April and it’s absolutely freezing. It’s not usually this cold this time of year either. Every year the seasons get more and more out of whack and it’s obvious that the current climate emergency has a big role to play in that. It’s so disheartening to experience climate change first-hand and it also sucks that it’s so cold so early! The fact that it’s this cold in April means I’m going to have to turn on the ducted heating. In Sydney, it’s common not to turn the heater on before June, when it actually becomes winter.
By turning it on in April I’m going to have to pay so much extra for my electricity or gas bill (whichever one it is) and it’s also not good for the planet! It’s a double-edged sword. I feel bad that I’m contributing to the climate crisis by turning on my heater and using more resources, but I have to because of how cold it is.
I promise that I’m making up for my emissions by doing other things that help the planet. Unfortunately, I’m not going to be able to survive long in my house if I don’t have the heater on and so I can’t do anything about that. But what I can do is reduce the amount of plastic that I use, reduce my meat consumption and shop at op shops to stop fast fashion. Although I still feel guilty any time I turn on the heating. In Sydney I hope it doesn’t become the norm to be this cold this early in the year. It really isn’t a good sign about the health of the planet.
Okay, I’ve upset myself enough for one night. I need to stop worrying about the things I can’t control and just focus on what I can control. I can control the recycling that I do and the decision I make to walk to work instead of driving.