• Take Climate Action

    Do you want to take action to help to reduce climate change? If so read on…

Steps You Can Take

Steps you can take:

Buy less stuff – everything you buy has to be made and transported.  Manufacturing and transportation are major sources of carbon emissions.

Re-Use – Try to reuse things instead of buying new.  For example, carry a reusable water bottle around with you. That way, you do not need to use disposable cups or bottles which is wasteful and bad for the environment.

Recycle – Separate your waste into glass, plastic, metal and cardboard and put them in the right recycling bin- at home and out and about.  It takes more energy (mining, manufacturing, transporting) to produce glass, plastic, metal and paper than it does to recycle it.

Turn Things Off – turn off all of your electronic devices when you are not using them. This includes TVs, games consoles, iPads and tablets, computers and laptops, and of course lights.

Avoid leaving phones, laptops and tablets charging overnight and unplug chargers when they are not being used. Chargers don’t stop using electricity when the phone is fully charged or even when the phone has been unplugged! Unless it’s unplugged or turned off, the charger still uses two-thirds of the amount of electricity it uses when charging.

Use Less Electricity – Ask yourself if you need to use your electrical items.  For example, hang washing out to dry instead of using a tumble dryer.

Switch off your games console / phone and do something doesn’t use electricity like drawing, reading, craft activities, football, a board game etc.

Travel Carbon Free – Walk, cycle or scoot wherever you can, instead of taking the car. If the journey is too long, then consider taking a bus, train or tram.

Be Heat Sensible – Turn the heating down by 2°C and wear a jumper, or snuggle up under a blanket.

If the heating is on, don’t leave windows or outside doors open.

If you are leaving the house remind your parents to turn the heating off!

In the summer, open windows if it is cooler outside than inside. This is better than using air conditioning or fans which both use electricity.

Eat Sustainably – Eat less meat and dairy.

Ask your parents if you can grow your own fruit, salad and vegetables.

Buy local produce instead of food that has been imported (travelling miles to get to your plate).

Share the Message – Tell your friends and family about Climate Change and why you are worried about it. Reminding people that it matters will remind them to make more sustainable choices.

Write to your local MP and your favourite brands explaining that you want more to be done about tackling Climate Change.

Join Greta Thunberg and show that you care about our climate at a Climate Strike near you!

Steps for Parents to take:

Ask your parents to do the following:

Reuse– Take a reusable shopping bag with you to the shops.

Second hand– If you need to buy something, consider purchasing it from a Charity shop.  That way you are not adding carbon into the manufacturing and transportation of goods and you are donating to a good cause.

Repair –Try and repair items when they get broken, rather than buying new.

Turn Things Off – turn off all of your electronic devices when you are not using them. This includes TVs, iPads and tablets, computers and laptops, cookers, microwaves, washing machines and of course lights.

Avoid leaving phones, laptops and tablets charging overnight and unplug chargers when they are not being used. Chargers don’t stop using electricity when the phone is fully charged or even when the phone has been unplugged! Unless it’s unplugged or turned off, the charger still uses two-thirds of the amount of electricity it uses when charging.

Use Energy Sensibly – Switch to an energy provider who will provide you with 100% renewable energy. These energy providers are sustainable and are often cheaper than using the ‘big six’ energy companies.

Swap old lightbulbs for LED lightbulbs. Confusingly so-called ‘Energy saving lightbulbs’ no longer save as much energy as LED lightbulbs. LED lightbulbs use a lot less energy and they last a lot longer, so they are better value for money too!

Ask if it is possible to put solar panels on your roof. Solar panels cost money to put up, but once they are there, they give you free, renewable electricity during the day.

Ensure your home is well insulated.  Insulation is relatively cheap and can save you hundreds of pounds in heating costs and carbon.

Consider renewable heating systems– Such as Ground Source and Air Source Heat Pumps. They can be more cost-effective than oil or gas if you can get the Governments Renewable Heat incentive.

Save Electricity – Ask yourself if you need to use your electrical items.  For example, hang washing out to dry instead of using a tumble dryer.  Wash dishes by hand rather than putting them through the dishwasher.

Travel Carbon Free – Walk or cycle wherever you can, instead of taking the car. If the journey is too long, then consider taking a bus, train or tram.

Buy a vehicle that does not run on fossil fuels.  For example, consider switching to an electric car. They are a more sustainable way of travelling than petrol or diesel cars and their range is further than you would expect. You can claim up to £500 from the government to set up an electrical charging point outside your home.

Be Heat Sensible – Turn the heating down by 2°C and wear a jumper, or snuggle up under a blanket.

If the heating is on, don’t leave windows or outside doors open.

If you are leaving the house remind your parents to turn the heating off!

In the summer, open windows if it is cooler outside than inside. This is better than using air conditioning or fans which both use electricity.

Eat Sustainably – Eat less meat and dairy.

Grow your own fruit, salad and vegetables.

Buy local produce instead of food that has been imported (travelling miles to get to your plate).

Say no to food and cosmetics with unsustainably sourced palm oil in them. Check ingredients lists for the word ‘palm’ before you buy.

Share the Message – Tell your friends and family about Climate Change and why you are worried about it. Reminding people that it matters will remind them to make more sustainable choices.

Write to your local MP– and your favourite brands explaining that you want more to be done about tackling Climate Change.

Use Your Money Wisely – Never invest in companies which support oil or gas extraction.

Purchase sustainable products- Ones that you know have been produced by companies that are concerned about Climate Change and are taking steps to reduce their impact.