Ways to help create a cleaner, greener future - from your home!
When we take small actions to tackle the climate crisis, they add up to make a big difference. Right now it might feel harder to take action - but there are many climate actions you can do from home.
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Did you know that some of the most effective solutions to tackling climate change are found in nature? Trees and green spaces take in carbon and improve air quality, wetlands and riverbeds act as natural flood buffers, and peatlands and seagrass stocks are vital carbon stores. By conserving nature and restoring ecosystems, even in our homes and gardens, we are working to tackle the climate crisis.
Did you know... Peat is vital for locking carbon in the ground - in fact, global peatlands hold more than twice the carbon stored in all forests! However peat is still being dug up so we can use it in our gardens, even though there are many great nutrient-rich alternatives that are great for your plants.
The food industry contributes significantly to global greenhouse gas emissions, with meat and dairy production causing 14.5% of global emissions. By thinking a bit more about what we eat, where it comes from and what we throw away we can reduce our carbon footprint and help to create a cleaner, greener future for all of us.
Did you know... Trees are crucial in tackling climate change - they absorb carbon dioxide from the air and produce oxygen. Despite their importance, only 13% of the UK’s total land area has tree cover (compared to an EU average of 35%). If we’re to slow the rate the world is warming, the UK needs 1.5 billion more trees.
Did you know... Wild garden areas help reduce the impacts of climate change and also provide a much needed habitat for diverse range of insects and wildlife. A 10% increase in planting in urban areas would help control the rise in summertime air temperatures predicted with climate change.
Did you know... Meat and dairy production causes 14.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Vegetarians have approximately half the food-related carbon footprint of meat eaters, and people who eat vegan have even less. Changing your diet just one day a week can make a world of difference!
Did you know... Food that isn’t in season has usually travelled long distances to get to us, or has been grown in non-native climates using fertiliser or greenhouses requiring a huge amount of energy, which produces emissions that contribute towards climate change. Eating seasonally can reduce the carbon footprint of your food by up to 10%.
Did you know... If food waste was a country, it would be the third highest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world. Any food we throw away still had to be grown, stored and shipped, resulting in lots of carbon emissions. We waste about a third of all food produced for human consumption.
Did you know... Road transport accounts for 22% of total UK emissions of carbon dioxide. A fifth of that planet-warming pollution happens during journeys less than 5 miles – short journeys that could be made by foot or bike.
Did you know... An economy-class return flight from London to New York emits an estimated 0.67 tonnes of CO2 per passenger. That's equivalent to 11% of the average annual emissions for someone in the UK or about the same as those caused by someone living in Ghana over a year.
Did you know...In a single year, just one electric car on the roads can save an average 1.5 million grams of CO2. That’s the equivalent of four return flights from London to Barcelona.
Did you know that 20% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions are from housing, and 26% of an average individual’s carbon footprint is from energy usage? It’s not just the homes we live in that contribute to climate change, it’s the items we have in our home too - how often we buy new things, how long we keep things for and how often we use appliances. But there are many things we can do to reduce the carbon footprint of our homes, including switching to a renewable energy provider and repairing damaged household items. We spend so much time in our homes, let’s make them somewhere comfortable to live whilst contributing less to climate change.
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