Things you can do about climate change

Hawthorn berries in the hand

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Celebrate Sustainability

Small changes - big impact!

We are in the middle of a climate and nature emergency, and the two are inextricably linked. Climate change is driving nature’s decline and the loss of green spaces is leaving us ill-equipped to reduce carbon emissions and adapt to change. 

But, there are simple and easy things that we can all do to reduce our carbon footprint, adapt to climate change and make a big difference to the natural world. Small and simple changes can have a lasting effect, if we all contribute. 


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Change what you eat

Agriculture accounted for 10% of UK greenhouse gas emissions in 2018. Buying local, eating plant-based and reducing your food miles will shrink this footprint.

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Change how you travel

Transport currently accounts for 27% of UK emissions. Making small changes to how you get from A to B will make a big difference!

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Change your energy use

Energy used in buildings accounts for around 17% of total emissions. Reducing your household energy use by switching to a renewable energy supplier or purchasing a heat pump will help cut down.

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Needle and thread


Number 4

Recycle and reuse

Recycle, upcycle - and make do and mend! Production of household waste needs to decrease by 33% by 2037 to reach emissions targets. So get out that needle and thread!

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Weed in pavement
Number 5

Reduce your flood risk

Across the UK 1.9 million people currently live in areas of significant flooding. This number could double as early as the 2050s. Make a difference and avoid paving over gardens. Instead, replace hard surfaces with grass and plants.

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Number 6

Reduce your heat risk

Currently, around 20% of homes are at significant risk of overheating. Shading your windows and planting more greenery around your house will help lower the temperatures.

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Tap running

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Number 7

Reduce your water use

The average person uses around 140 litres of water a day. But huge water deficits are on track to occur in the next 50 years - so we need to start cutting down. Water metres, water-efficient appliances and water butts are just a few of the things that can make a big difference!

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Number 8

Contact your MP

By writing to your MP or meeting them in person, you can help them to understand more about a nature or climate issue that you care passionately about.

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Plastic Pollution
Number 9

Reduce your plastic waste

Sir David Attenborough told us during Blue Planet 2 that “we dump eight million tonnes of plastic into the sea every year”. It’s killing and harming marine life and our natural world. Many of the sea creatures we love – birds, fish, turtles and whales – die because of the plastic that’s suffocating our seas.

We need to act now – there’s no time to waste. Plastic poses a huge threat to wildlife because it doesn’t just disappear; it simply breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces. 

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Wilder Future
Number 10

Campaign for a Wilder Future

People-power is one of the most underestimated sources of energy and drivers of change.

If you believe in something, then campaign for it – and in this case a Wilder Future! 

There's nothing greater than getting our voices heard, so share our messages and spread the word!

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Number 11

Reduce your food waste

Did you know more than a third of food produced for human consumption is wasted? Food waste generates about 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions. So anything you can do to limit what you chuck in the bin will make a big difference to your carbon footprint.

Reducing food waste in your household is simple, you just need to put it into practice. 

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