There has been a lot in the news about climate change recently, from protesters taking a stand to high profile supporters such as Sir David Attenborough calling on everyone to take urgent action to save our world. It might leave you wondering what you can do that will make a difference.
The problem can feel insurmountable, as if any actions we take individually won’t make much difference. But if we all commit to do whatever we can to protect our environment, these actions will be multiplied together and start to have an impact. We may also find that we save money and get healthier in the process too!
The cost of energy is rising both in terms of our bills and the cost to the environment. Where possible we need to reduce what we use, which could help us save money too. There’s lots of great advice at moneysavingexpert.com/energy.
Perhaps you could look into the range of green energy companies out there, such as Bulb, Octopus Energy, Green Network, Pure Planet and many more. Renewable energy can be more expensive, but it’s worth considering whether you can afford it for the environmental impact.
Use the car less
We can all try to walk or cycle more where possible. Maybe you need a car for commuting, but perhaps you could try a vehicle-free day once a month, by car-sharing with a colleague, cycling, walking or using public transport.
Each day when we’re not using the car we can be getting fitter, saving money, and reducing the fuel used and exhaust fumes churned into the environment.
Reduce plastic waste
There has been a lot of awareness raised about plastic waste recently. It’s vital that we each try to reduce our reliance on plastic in some way.
Just go and take a quick look in your kitchen or bathroom and you’ll find plenty of plastic there – shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, tomato sauce, cola, juice, the list goes on! The range of products sold in plastic containers is phenomenal and, worst of all, most of it is not being recycled. Did you know 73% of beach litter worldwide is plastic?
To reduce your own plastic use, why not swap to products packaged in more environmentally friendly ways, e.g. washing powder in a cardboard box rather than liquid in a plastic bottle (this also tends to be cheaper per wash and more effective at cleaning!) You could swap your plastic toothbrush for a bamboo one too, helping to cut down the millions of plastic toothbrushes we throw out every year in the UK. Check out thebamandboo.com for example.
We all have a limited amount of money to spend, but when we change our buying habits and consider our ‘pound power’ as consumers, collectively we can have an effect on massive corporations and the government to save this world for our children, grandchildren and beyond.
Every little bit we do can and does make a difference.
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