10 Steps you can consider to help tackle climate change
10 Steps you can consider to help tackle climate change.
Commit to taking urgent action now to reduce your carbon footprint
Measure your impact – where does your carbon dioxide come from? How big an impact are you making through your lifestyle and choices? Calculate your carbon footprint on the WWF website.
Turn the heating down - even turning the heating down by one degree will save you money and reduce your carbon footprint. Make sure your home is properly insulated too – draughts can end up being heating-draining monsters.
Speak to your employer about your workplace’s footprint –The Carbon Trust has some great office efficiency guides to get the ball rolling, but why not see if you can support your organisation to reduce its carbon footprint? Are there workplace initiatives to support people to cycle to work? What is your workplace’s energy provider? Does your workplace know its carbon footprint?
Reduce meat and dairy from your diet – research shows that by cutting our meat and dairy, you can cut greenhouse gas emissions. Eating more plant-based food and choosing fewer meat and dairy options is crucial for tackling climate change, so why not challenge yourself to have more meat-free and dairy-free days?
Travel smarter - air quality and pollution is a challenge in Halton, and we all need to adopt the mind-set that we aren’t ‘stuck in traffic’, but that ‘we are traffic’. Leave the car in the garage more often, car-share, cycle, use public transport or walk.
Reduce, reuse, recycle - Think about products you buy – are they locally sourced and ethical? Can you buy local products that don’t come with unnecessary packaging? Do you know what you can/can’t recycle? Consider where you buy products from and how they will get to you – and, above all, really consider whether you need to buy the product in the first place.
Choose renewables if you can – switching to a green supplier is easy to do online and should only take a few minutes to sort. If you’re in a position to, could you consider local renewable energy generation (eg solar panels)? And, even if you aren’t yet with a green provider, make sure to switch to LED lightbulbs, buy energy-efficient appliances (like fridges and washing machines) and switch your electrics off at the mains – don’t leave them on stand-by!
Conserve water – take a quick shower instead of a bath, turn the tap off when cleaning your teeth, boil only the water you need for your brew and collect rainwater for your plants, rather than using a hose. There’s loads you can do to save water – and money – with further information on the United Utilities website.
Spread the word - be an advocate and celebrate your own carbon conscious actions and choices. Share the amazing work you’ve been doing to reduce your carbon footprint and support those around you to do the same. Help other people understand the importance of the climate emergency – The Carbon Literacy Trust is a great place to start. And speak to your local and national politicians and ask for their help in amplifying the important climate emergency message
Living sustainable lifestyles
- Reduce the amount of waste you produce and use reusable products
- Cut down the amount of plastics you use
- Buy sustainable products
- If you use carrier bags reuse them or better still buy a reusable cotton or other permanent shopping bag
- Recycle as much as you can
- Reduce the amount of food you waste
- Support local food growing and redistribution alternatives and organisations
Using renewable energy in how we heat and power our homes
- Install renewable energy at your home
- Switch to a renewable energy supplier
- Plan now for when you next need to replace your current heating systemWalk and cycle for short journeys
Looking after our natural environment
- If you have a garden or an allotment, manage this for wildlife
- Visit, spend time and be active in green and water spaces
- Volunteer for projects that protect or improve the environment in your local area
Keeping our homes warm
- Get the basics right – including LED lighting and draught-proofing
- Upgrade your home insulation – loft, cavity wall and draught
- Think about whole house retrofit, particularly if carrying out renovations
Using sustainable types of travel
- Walk and cycle for short journeys
- Use public transport for longer journeys
- Cut costs, congestion, parking problems and pollution by sharing a car with a colleague or friend.
- Switch off your engine when at a standstill
- Buy an electric car – if you do, make sure you are on the right electricity tariff