Climate change is one of the gravest threats our world faces today. After recent reports that the carbon in our Earth’s atmosphere has reached the highest level in human history, you’d expect an uproar from those who are in power, right? Except, there wasn’t one. Relying on our current governments to take action is not getting us anywhere. And yet, we needn’t feel completely powerless. There is a lot we can do to reduce our own impact on our planet. If enough of us lead by example, we can hope our governments will get the message.
Fighting climate change one step at a time.
First things first.
- Switch to renewable energy. This is probably the easiest transition to make. There are several providers of 100% renewable electricity out there and most claim to have at least some green gas too. Check out Good Energy and Ecotricity as good places to start or see what renewable tariffs your current supplier has to offer.
- Cut out meat. Although it’s said a vegan diet is best for the planet, many current omnivores might balk at the idea. Even a vegetarian diet is better for the environment than a meat-eating one. It is a massive change to make and like most lasting habits, it’s one best made gradually. Every meatless meal you have helps protect our planet by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, saving water, energy and land, and reducing antibiotic usage. source
- Grow your own. Reduce reliance on supermarkets by growing some of your food yourself. It doesn’t have to be a lot – even some salad leaves and herbs on a windowsill will help. Not only will you save on food waste and carbon dioxide emissions by not buying those things in a supermarket, but the plants you grow will take carbon dioxide from the air around you and convert it into oxygen.
- Reduce your food waste. Energy used producing food will go to waste if it’s not used. Freeze the curry leftovers and rotate your fridge regularly. The Love Food Hate Waste website has loads of great ideas to help you. Check them out!
- Reject unnecessary packaging. Force supermarkets to cut back on their unnecessary packaging by leaving it in store. Choose unpackaged goods whenever possible.
- Walk or cycle more. Walking is the most energy-efficient form of transport – leave the car at home for trips to the shop or school! It’s also better for your health.
- Embrace public transport. Using transport that is already there means less energy is used and there is less traffic on the roads. If you’re not sure how you can get from A to B, Google Maps is your friend!
- Get an electric car. If you have to use a car, make it an electric car powered by your renewable energy supplier or your very own solar panels.
Other planet saving tips.
- Plant trees every time you search online. Small tweak to routine = massive impact to the environment. I’ve been using Ecosia for just over a year and have “planted” about 200 trees. Check out my review now.
- Help the bees. We rely on bees for 1/3 of our food worldwide. Bees are in decline and it’s up to us to help them. Plant wildflowers, leave the pesticides in the stores. This article from Friends of the Earth has several easy tips.
- Reduce energy consumption at home. Even if you do have a renewable energy supplier, it makes little sense to use more energy than you need to. Swapping old appliances for more energy-efficient models is a good way to reduce consumption but it shouldn’t end there. Switch appliances off when they aren’t in use and ask yourself whether or not you really do need the heating on.
- Buy second hand. Buying second hand means you still get what you want/need, but nothing new is produced. If your second hand item comes from a charity shop, you raise money for your favourite charity as an added bonus.
- Go solar. Going solar could save you a lot of money, or even make you some money if you produce enough energy from the sun. Energy companies will pay your to produce electricity and there is a subsidy scheme that pays you for hosting electricity generating panels on your home or business.
- Reuse your waste. Most of us know that recycling is good for the environment: we stop valuable resources from going to landfill when we put our glass jars and plastic bottles in the correct kerbside boxes. However, processing these items for recycling take a lot of energy in itself. While recycling is good, reducing your waste and reusing what you have is better. There’s a reason they say Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
While you get on that, feel free to enjoy this GIF of King Leonidas defying corrupt politicians to try and fight the advancing Persian army. We shouldn’t wait for someone else to swoop in and save the planet for us. What can we do?