20 ways to help halt climate change!
I recently read Naomi Klein’s, This Changes Everything as part of the Sustainable Book Club (read more about that here). It is a scary book and it is trying to shake us and tell us to wake up – climate change is on our doorstep. It would easy to read the book, pretend I hadn’t and move on because what difference can one person make to this vast issue? Well I think doing even just one thing is a whole lot better than not doing anything. To quote Lao Tzu – ‘a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step’.
There are 20 ideas below for things each of us could do to help halt climate change! They may not all be for you (they aren’t all for me) – but let’s do what we can
How can we help climate change?
1.Switch to a renewable energy provider
2. Compost garden, food and other biodegradable waste
3. Avoid using paper wherever possible. Take a look here into how to stop unsolicited mail.
4. Conserve energy around the home
5. Walk, cycle and take public transport where possible
6. Don’t buy anything new for a year (read about Jen’s experience of that here)
7. Grow your own fruit, herbs, vegetables
9. Boycott fossil fuels and fossil fuel products (you could switch to a renewable energy supplier).
10. Avoid meat and dairy products or at least reduce your intake of them. Ease yourself into it by having meat free Mondays.
11. Move your money away from banks which fund the fossil fuel industries read more here
More ways you can help climate change
12. Write to your MP – e.g. to ask for a fracking ban.
13. Start up a government petition (or several) here
14. Susie suggests joining your local councils community panel – read more here
15. Take good care of the stuff you do have and make it last
16. Join in with protests and marches over environmental issues
17. Spread the word about climate change and what we can do about it even if it is just sharing stuff on social media sites.
18. Host events in your home – a sustainable book club, clothes swap, a food swap…
19. Give unwanted food to friends, family and neighbours before it goes off. If you don’t know anyone locally to do that with, set up a food sharing group (read more here).
20. Give talks about climate change and what we can do about it – if you have kids do a talk at their school, if not volunteer to do one at a local community centre or library. Talking about climate change in person and what can be done about it brings the subject to life and connects with people who may not want to read about it.
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