Things you can do about climate change

Things you can do about climate change

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We are in the middle of a climate and nature emergency, and the two are inextricably linked. Climate change is driving nature’s decline and the loss of green spaces is leaving us ill-equipped to reduce carbon emissions and adapt to change. 

Take a look below at the simple and easy things that we can all do to reduce our carbon footprint, adapt to climate change and make a big difference to the natural world.

Find out how we're helping to combat the nature and climate crises and discover more about what's going on at COP26.

 

NUMBER 1

Change what you eat

Agriculture accounted for 10% of UK greenhouse gas emissions in 2018. Buying local, eating plant-based and reducing your food miles will shrink this footprint.

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NUMBER 2

Change how you travel

Transport currently accounts for 27% of UK emissions. Making small changes to how you get from A to B will make a big difference!

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NUMBER 3

Change your energy use

Energy used in buildings accounts for around 17% of total emissions. Reducing your household energy use by switching to a renewable energy supplier or purchasing a heat pump will help cut down.

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Number 4

Recycle and reuse

Recycle, upcycle - and make do and mend! Production of household waste needs to decrease by 33% by 2037 to reach emissions targets. So get out that needle and thread!

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Number 5

Reduce your flood risk

Across the UK 1.9 million people currently live in areas of significant flooding. This number could double as early as the 2050s. Make a difference and avoid paving over gardens. Instead, replace hard surfaces with grass and plants.

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Number 6

Reduce your heat risk

Currently, around 20% of homes are at significant risk of overheating. Shading your windows and planting more greenery around your house will help lower the temperatures.

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Number 7

Reduce your water use

The average person uses around 140 litres of water a day. But huge water deficits are on track to occur in the next 50 years - so we need to start cutting down. Water metres, water-efficient appliances and water butts are just a few of the things that can make a big difference!

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Number 8

Contact your MP

By writing to your MP or meeting them in person, you can help them to understand more about a nature or climate issue that you care passionately about.

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