Green Lifestyle

It’s a climate emergency! Here’s what YOU can do

Thousands upon thousands of people, of all ages, went on strike across the globe demanding action on the climate crisis. I’m gutted that I couldn’t join them. But I was with them in spirit. Seeing the crowds, the young faces and the banners has inspired me and filled me with hope. I decided I needed to do something to show my support, so I wrote this blog to help everyone take steps towards tackling the climate emergency.

Protests are vitally important but so is taking action everyday. The climate crisis is happening now and will affect all of us. We all have a duty to act. If you’re not convinced, here’s a great article about why everyone should be acting to reduce their emissions.

It’s a climate emergency! Here’s what you can do. If you’re not sure where to start this is the place to be! I’ve divided the list up into easy, medium, hard and hardcore actions. You can pick out actions you feel able to do or try out whether you’re new to climate action or just want to do a bit more. You could start with the easy actions and gradually level up over time.

Whatever you do, please do something, whatever you feel you can.

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Easy

Use a metal reusable bottle instead of buying drinks in plastic bottles

Use a reusable coffee cup instead of single-use coffee cups

Set up Ecosia as your default search engine (everytime you search they plant trees)

Stop using plastic straws

Switch to a bamboo toothbrush and plastic-free toothpaste

Switch to shampoo and conditioner bars and soap

Give up paper towels and cling film. Switch to reusable options

Use plastic-free and recycled toilet paper

Switch to eco-friendly cleaning products

Go flexitarian (reduce the amount of meat you eat)

Take part in environmental campaigns such as Greenpeace’s climate emergency campaign

Share these campaigns on social media

Register to vote (and then vote for a party that supports climate action when election time comes)

Join a political party (that supports climate action)

Tweet or Facebook your MP

Let your garden grow a bit wild

Buy secondhand whenever you can

Drive slower and never leave the engine running if stationary for a while

Switch to a renewable energy supplier. Click here to get a discount from Bulb

Share this blog post with friends and family or on social media (Copy this link: http://bit.ly/2mt4Uur )

Follow this blog or my new Instagram for more tips and advice on going green

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Medium

Donate to or become a member of an environmental charity (or several!)

Write a letter to a newspaper

Share your eco-friendly activities on social media

Use your local library for books (instead of buying them)

Give up fast fashion

Plant a tree (or as many as you can!)

Email or write a letter to your MP

Use public transport

Give up eating beef

Give up eating fish

Create a wildlife garden

Feed wild birds

Fly once a year (there and back only) and offset your emissions

Recycle old batteries

Don’t charge electronics overnight

Turn all electronics off when not in use

Only buy things if you actually need them

Subscribe to Ethical Consumer for advice on shopping more ethically

Recycle plastic at your supermarket (some plastics like bread bags can now be recycled)

Make pack lunches for when you’re on the move

Buy vegetables and fruit without plastic (try your local market)

Talk to your friends and family about the climate emergency (don’t get political or aggressive just make them aware)

Join the next climate strike!

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Hard

Meet with your MP

Go vegetarian

Give up junk food

Stop using leather

Compost food waste

Make cards and gifts for loved ones with eco-friendly materials (instead of buying things)

Cycle or walk instead of driving

Volunteer for an environmental charity

Campaign in your local community

Switch to an ethical bank that doesn’t fund fossil fuels like Co-Op

Only buy products made in the UK or Europe

Support local and ethical businesses

Repair your clothes and other items when they break

Replace your phone when it no longer works with a fairphone

Buy organic food

Buy a hybrid car

Create a capsule wardrobe

When you have to buy new clothes opt for ethical eco-friendly made-to-last clothing or buy clothes made out of recycled plastic

Never throw anything away that’s worn out. Sell, donate, give away, upcycle or recycle. Somebody will find a use for it.

Avoid buying anything with plastic if there’s an alternative (e.g. food in glass jars)

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Super Hardcore Mode

This list is for the badasses among you. Can you do the ultimate challenge?

Grow your own vegetables

Go vegan (or at least dairy free)

Go plastic-free

Give up palm oil

Give up soya

Give up your car or buy an electric car

Give up flying

Set up solar panels and cells on your house

Join Extinction Rebellion protests

Stop buying from tax avoiding companies that are not reducing their environmental impact such as Amazon

Become a councillor or MP and support climate action

Commit to not having children (maybe adopt instead)

How many of these things do you already do? Any obvious ones I’ve missed? Let me know in the comments!

5 thoughts on “It’s a climate emergency! Here’s what YOU can do”

  1. What a great post, Sally. I also wrote one yesterday instead of joining a protest (which would have meant a lot of very ironic travelling on my part) but I really think that’s what this is all about, isn’t it? It doesn’t matter how we do it as long as we all do something. Your lists are very comprehensive and provide plenty of food for thought. I love the way you’ve graded them, I’m quite proud to discover in some ways I’m a super hardcore badass granny! Still a long way to go though. Hopefully lots of your readers will be very inspired – keep up the good work! 🙂

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    1. Aww thank you! Yeah I definitely agree, we can all find a way to play a part. I’m glad you liked my lists! And go you for being hardcore! I only am on a couple! But striving to do as many on my list as I can on all the levels 😊 I will have to check out your blog too!

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  2. Your list made me smile in it’s rankings. For many things like giving up flying are easy, but perhaps not very palatable ? Ditto growing your own really isn’t hard. I spend about an hour a week on my allotment ( sometimes a lot longer processing to preserve surplace). This automatically reduces the amount of plastic you use and with increased consciousness and effort in growing the amount of food wasted reduces and composting increases.
    Just goes to show that we all need to try hard at different things and I think start to think about things rather differently.

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  3. This is a fantastic post, Sally! I am so damn passionate about the environment and beauty of the world, and it breaks my heart the damage we are doing to it, especially because we can change. Some things like forgoing one use plastic can’t be 100% done with medical equipment and sterilization, and not everyone can use metal straws, but I love this list because there are SO MANY THINGS people can do, and every bit helps.

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