1. Eat less meat (or no meat). Giving up meat reduces your food-related carbon emissions by around 30%, possibly as much as 50%. As less land area is needed to feed people on veggies, less animal production frees up huge areas of land that could be used for enhancing biodiversity and/or climate change mitigation.
2. Think about how you travel. Could you make it more carbon friendly, like using public transport or cycling, where possible?
3. Invest in renewable energy. Is your house suitable for solar panels or a heat pump? Or more simply, switch to a green energy supplier.
4. Look at ways to improve the energy efficiency of your home. How’s your loft insulation?
5. Use less energy where possible. This will also save you money. What can you turn off?
6. VOTING: Vote for politicians and parties with strong climate change commitments.
7. Reducing your plastic footprint, reduces your carbon footprint. Give up plastic where possible.
8. When it comes to consumption of materials (food, clothes, electronics etc.) remember: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
9. Have conversations with people about climate change and spread the word.
10. Learn more about the issue. A great website is the American site: Skepticalscience.com
11. Be optimistic! There are so many things we can do globally and as individuals to tackle climate change. There are just loads of inputting solutions to the problem; just as there are loads of inputting causes of climate change.
12. And finally – GET ACTIVE. There are loads of ways to get involved with climate action. It could be as simple as regularly sharing climate change stories on social media and regularly writing to politicians. If you have more time to spend on getting active, there are loads of groups out there doing some amazing things. A quick Google will find these on-line.