How can our community help with climate change

How you can help by making some lifestyle changes that will hugely benefit the environment.

Cllr L PepperThe climate is warming up. Even the scientists are surprised at the speed and scale this is happening. The underlying driver of climate change is indisputable. Humans burning fossil fuels has been the primary cause of greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption is by far the biggest source of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions, responsible for a whopping 76% (37.2 GtCO2e) worldwide. The energy sector includes transportation, electricity and heat, buildings, manufacturing and construction, fugitive emissions and other fuel combustion. Carbon dioxide emissions are forecast to jump this year by the second biggest annual rise in history, as global economies pour stimulus cash into fossil fuels in the recovery from the Covid-19 recession.

We have now reached a global acceleration level where only worldwide government driven mass mobilization can save us from total extinction.

Making a green recovery plan should be everyone's sole focus.

We must stop wasting money on things that we know are harming the planet. By making some lifestyle changes, we will hugely benefit the environment.

You could consider:

  • Switching to a green tariff and green pension
  • Buying less meat and stick to plant-based food
  • Supporting your local economy and small businesses
  • Choosing environmentally conscious vendors
  • Eating seasonal items
  • Composting food waste
  • Buying less and throw less items away
  • Repair, recycle and reuse, whenever possible
  • Turning off computers, lights, and appliances
  • Using a washing line instead of a tumble dryer
  • Insulating you home and transitioning to renewable power sources. Cleaner alternatives are solar and heat pumps
  • Making sure the next car you purchase is electric and walk and cycle short distances
  • Taking trains and buses instead of planes and use videoconferencing instead of business travel
  • When you're replacing your petrol lawnmower, buy an electric (and hedge strimmer)
  • Water scarcity could become a serious issue. Shower for 3 minutes and turn off your tap when you're cleaning your teeth. Purchase a water butt. Help our declining wildlife by leaving patches of lawn for rewilding and plant a tree for life.

Time is running out. It is essential that we make sure our children and ecosystems have a sustainable future. The extreme climatic conditions are sending out a clear message. We must act now before it's too late.

Let's make 2021 the year of climate action and smart environmental choices

 

Cllr Louise Pepper

Portfolio holder for Environment and Green Issues and Equalities

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