Climate change / Global Warming / Greenhouse Gasses. We hear and read about it with an increasing frequency. But until you see the effect of climate change and global warming on Swiss glaciers, it is hard to imagine what it really means. Last week we decided to go to the mountains. As Chloe-Sofia will start school soon, and Alex is looking for a new job, we felt we needed a break before we dive into this new school year in full force.
Zermatt is a popular and famous Swiss ski destination. It is a beautiful, stylish village which reachable only by train. It is also the starting point for anyone who wants to see Matterhorn (4,478 m). We decided to take a train up to the Gornergrat to get a good look at the mountain and the glaciers. In the photos below, you can see the effect of climate change and global warming. It is shocking how much ice has been lost in such a short time.
THE GORNER GLACIER
THE ALETSCH GLACIER
What can you do to reduce your emission of greenhouse gasses? Just a few ideas:
- #shopstop – stop buying new clothes unless you need it (wear your clothes longer, take better care of it, learn to repair it, favor buying clothes at second-hand stores or on an online marketplace such as @depop @vinted @thredup @vestiercollective).
- Reduce the number of flights that you take, and choose public transport/ carpooling/ bicycles instead of traveling by car.
- If you travel by car, you can offset your carbon emissions via myclimate.org.
- Reduce the amount of meat you eat (if going vegan is too much for you).
- Use only the energy that you need it (switch off the lights, heating, AC/ TV, etc.).
- Connect your house to clean, renewable energy (if possible).