Climate change is already happening and it is having a devastating impact on some of the world’s poorest people but it is not too late to do something about it. By taking small steps to lower your carbon footprint, you could help make a big difference to communities suffering from the effects of climate change.
Here are some suggestions to get you started:
- Recycle - plastic bottles, paper, glass, food and drinks cans and tin foil can all be used again instead of ending up on landfill sites.
- Remember to switch the light off when you leave the room.
- Fit energy saving light bulbs. They last ten times as long as conventional light bulbs and they will save you money on your electricity bill. If a million people changed just one light bulb, it would save 200,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions.
- Reuse old plastic bags or take a rucksack with you when you go shopping.
- Don’t waste water. Turn off the tap while you’re brushing your teeth.
- Turn electrical appliances off, instead of leaving them on standby. Turning the TV off will save 20kg of carbon per year and turning the DVD player off will save 44kg.
- Turning the heating down by 1°C will save 250kg of carbon in an average winter.