Climate change is happening now. But simple actions by each of us could change our path away from climate disaster and towards sustainability, for us and future generations.
Lobby for action
Demand more from the politicians that represent you. Climate change is a vast and complex issue that needs action from the grassroots to governments – what are your representatives doing to tackle it?
Support organisations like the Environmental Justice Foundation who will keep the pressure for change high on the political agenda.
This is a powerful way to fight climate change. Avoiding a single roundtrip transatlantic flight will save 1.6 tonnes of CO2 or the equivalent in other greenhouse gases.
We have a tendency to undervalue what is on our doorstep, but why not think more local for your holiday this year?
Ditch or switch your car
Transport now accounts for 26% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions, and living car-free would save an average of 2.4 tonnes of CO2 (or the equivalent in other greenhouse gases) every year.
Ditching the car also comes with all sorts of other benefits, such as reducing the air pollution that chokes many of our cities. Even switching to an electric car can also help bring emissions and air pollution down.
Make a positive change
If you switch to walking or cycling, it will be good for both your physical and mental health. Or look into car sharing, you can make a boring commute into a sociable chat whilst halving emissions.
Choose renewable energy
Overall, 25% of UK greenhouse gas emissions come from energy supplies, second only to the transport sector.
This is an easy pledge, but effective. A simple internet search to find a green supplier and make the switch. Renewable energy is one of the most effective tools we have in the fight against climate change, and wind and solar energy have experienced remarkable growth and huge cost improvements over the past decade.
If you have the funds, you could buy solar panels and produce your own electricity – saving you money over the long term, whilst you help to save the planet.
Eat less meat
In 2016, the world’s top 20 meat and dairy companies emitted more greenhouse gases than the whole of Germany, Europe’s biggest climate polluter.
The meat and dairy sectors are among the biggest emitters of the greenhouse gases. A total of 14.5% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions come from the livestock sector, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization estimates.
If you go veggie today, you could save 0.8 tonnes of CO2 (or the equivalent in other greenhouse gases) every year. Widen your culinary repertoire, explore some interesting new dishes and mitigate climate change, what is there to lose?
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