2020 to 2030 The Decade Of Climate Action: Together We Can Make a Difference

The future of humanity and indeed all life on earth depends on us

We’re all becoming increasingly aware of the urgency of the Climate Change Emergency – extreme weather events, the loss of wildlife, deforestation and plastic pollution. It’s no longer a ‘maybe’. It’s now and it may be irreversible. The recently published INTERGOVERNMENTAL PANEL ON CLIMATE CHANGE Report says ‘It’s ‘Code Red for Humanity’

The power is largely with big businesses, banks and investors and governments – many of which will “greenwash” their activities to try and make themselves look much greener than they really are.  However, ordinary people can still take action. We’d like to offer some ideas – and therefore, some hope. People Power can be effective.

 

SOME ACTIONS WE CAN ALL TAKE …. Be a Net Zero Hero – make a change today by choosing actions from each list.

Start off by calculating your carbon footprint here: footprint.wwf.org.uk

 

LIFESTYLE

• Switch to ethical banks and pension schemes which do not invest in fossil fuels 
makemymoneymatter.co.uk

• Think about and avoid unethical companies
thegoodshoppingguide.com
ethicalconsumer.org
info.ecosia.org/what

• Ask your employer to make climate positive changes

• Buy less – ask yourself do I need it? 

• Repair, re-purpose and re-use

• Say no to fast fashion, buy clothes to last. 

• Buy second hand, online or in charity shops

• Re-fill detergent and soap bottles at a re-fill location
risc.org.uk/global-refills 

Make your green space wildlife friendly
nationaltrust.org.uk

FOOD

• Buy less, and waste less food
truefood.coop 

• Shop local and seasonal
repaircafe.org

• Recycle packaging-avoid overpackaged goods
recyclenow.com/local-recycling

• Reduce meat and dairy
godairyfree.org

• Avoid factory farmed meat

• Buy ethical – seek out Fairtrade and sustainable food accreditations. Buy from a zero waste shop
thezerowaster.com/zero-waste-near-you

• Grow your own and compost green waste
make-your-own-compost

• Adopt a plant based/vegan diet 
downtoearth.org
foodrevolution.org

ENERGY

• Hang clothes to dry, wash clothes at lower temperatures

 • Shower with an efficient shower head, don’t bathe

• Lower your heating thermostat temperature

• Switch to a green energy supplier
energysavingtrust.org.uk  

• Upgrade to low energy lightbulbs

• Reuce your home carbon emissions eg by improving your home insulation 
carbon.coop

TRAVEL

• Walk/cycle for short journeys

• Use public transport 

Avoid long-haul flights or indeed any flight if you can

• Carbon offset your travel emissions
goldstandard.org

Replace your car with electric or hybrid. 

• Live car-free 

• Use car share/taxis/hire car 
westberks.gov.uk/carclub

BEYOND
(PUSH FOR CHANGE)

 • Support your local council in delivering their climate strategy, if they haven’t got one, ask for one

• Join, donate or volunteer to a climate action campaign/ charity 

• Write to your MP about the climate crisis, tell them how worried you are and ask them to act now and support the Climate & Ecology Emergency Bill 

• Stay informed about the climate emergency. Involve your community; share your climate actions with friends, family and colleagues and be a force for good


“IT’S SURELY EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILTY TO DO EVERYTHING WITHIN OUR POWER TO CREATE A PLANET THAT PROVIDES NOT JUST A HOME FOR ALL, BUT FOR ALL LIFE ON EARTH.”

“REAL SUCCESS CAN ONLY COME IF THERE’S A CHANGE IN OUR SOCIETIES AND IN OUR ECONOMICS AND IN OUR POLITICS.”                                                              

                                                                                                                                        SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH

For more informaton please join the West Berkshire Climate Action Network Facebook group here: www.facebook.com/groups/WestBerksCAN/

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