Blog | Climate change and a lot of hot air

31 January 2018

The start of 2018 has seen a torrent of wild weather hitting not just the UK and Ireland, but northern Europe and the United States. Strong winds and snow may not be unusual at this time of year, but the strength and frequency of the storms is surely a clear indication of climate change.

Unless you’re Donald Trump of course. I try to stay away from politics in my blog posts, but as severe cold and record amounts of snow swept across the east coast of the USA, the President’s Tweet that his people “could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming” is hot air that just cannot be ignored.

The term ‘global warming’ is misleading and has potentially been damaging for the sustainability of our planet. It allows people to believe in a simple process and think that maybe it would be OK to be a few degrees warmer, or that perhaps things would even be more pleasant that way and therefore not to change their behaviour. It also often leads to the phenomena being dismissed if ever things are a bit colder than usual.

Climate change by contrast “refers to a broad range of global phenomena created predominantly by burning fossil fuels, which add heat-trapping gases to the Earth’s atmosphere. These phenomena include the increased temperature trends described by global warming, but also encompass changes such as sea level rise; ice mass loss in Greenland, Antarctica, the Arctic and mountain glaciers worldwide; shifts in flower/plant blooming; and extreme weather events” [].

I’ve seen evidence of this myself when visiting Norway recently. The way the glaciers have retracted in past 10 years compared to the previous 100 is frightening.
Climate change will have a lasting effect on our planet and it should be our priority to do what we can to reverse it, for the sake of future generations. That’s why we introduced carbon neutral cleaning, through our C2Zero scheme, and limit chemical and water use among other initiatives.

Maybe we can’t rely on the ‘most powerful man in the world’ to protect our planet, but we can all take steps to ensure that we aren’t adding to the problem.

Jan Hein Hemke,
Managing Director at Facilicom UK & Ireland