The global effect of climate change can feel daunting, but by making small changes, collectively we can make a bigger impact in helping slow climate change and take care of the planet.
Five small, key ways you can help slow climate change are:
The most important thing you can do is to talk about climate change. Whether that’s getting involved with local or national campaigns, encouraging the people you know to live greener or sharing accurate information and resources to help educate others on the subject, all of these actions can create a bigger impact against climate change. Share the changes you’re making and urge others to do the same so that everyone can make a positive contribution.
Reduce energy usage
Turn electrical items off standby, switch lights off when they’re not in use, and be more conscious of the energy you use. Opt for energy-efficient appliances or light bulbs and take time to consider the amount of energy you use and how you use it, these new alternatives will have a more positive impact on the planet. If you’re looking for more information on energy efficient appliances then take a look at our How to choose energy efficient appliances article.
Making more conscious choices and reducing the amount of waste you and your household produces will also have a positive contribution. Whether this is buying more second-hand, avoiding single-use plastics or choosing environmentally-friendly brands, your choices can impact the amount of waste you are responsible for. Less waste means fewer unwanted items or materials in landfills, which releases more greenhouse gases as it decays.
Plant more trees
Something as simple as planting more trees can offset the effects of climate change. Whether this is expanding your own garden or getting involved in community projects, planting more trees in any capacity helps absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
Opting to walk more, cycle, choosing public transport or carpooling can all have a positive impact on the environment. Fewer cars on the road mean fewer carbon emissions, which will in turn slow down the negative impact on the environment.