Make a difference
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.
But, there are 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Avoid using peat
Peat-free composts are now widely available to help grow plants in your garden, balcony window-box or allotment. But check the labels carefully when buying, as peat - often imported from peat bogs in Eastern Europe - is still used in many commercial composts.