How to Reduce Your Environmental Impact

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle – see our full guide here

Eat more sustainable food, based on vegetables & grains, and with mainly plant-based protein, eg beans, lentils, seeds and nuts. Buy less beef, pork, chicken, dairy & eggs and buy these from local Pasture for Life (eg Brunskill Beef) or biodynamic farms. Globally, food accounts for about a third of all energy use and emissions, and 72% of all water withdrawals. However, some foods are worse than others, eg, beef uses 60% of farmland, but provides only 2% of total calories, and UK supermarket chicken and eggs are produced using soya-based feed grown on cleared forests, wetlands and grasslands.

Don’t waste food. Better planning, shopping, storage and use of left-over food in the UK could be the equivalent of taking 1 in 4 cars off the road, and could save the average UK family £720/year.

Choose not to fly, especially long-haul flights or business class, and don’t buy food that is air-freighted, eg out-of-season berries. Aviation accounts for 3.5% of global warming even though 80% of the world’s population don’t fly.

Use less energy to travel: walk, cycle, car-share, use buses & trains, research electric cars and choose local over far-flung destinations. Currently, road passenger transport accounts for about 15% of UK emissions.

Switch to a bank & pension that doesn’t fund the fossil fuel industry, eg Triodos, some Building Societies. Globally, private-sector banks, including top UK banks such as Barclays and HSBC, have invested about $4 trillion in fossil fuel industries since the Paris Agreement came into force in 2016.

Use less energy in your home, and research fossil fuel alternatives. Energy use in homes accounts for about 15% of UK emissions.

Support environmental charities, eg Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, Population Matters, WWF, BBOWT and find out about local environmental groups.

Tell your MP about your environmental concerns. Give your name and address, and follow up with a phone call after 2 weeks if no response. Newbury: Laura Farris, House of Commons, London SW1A OAA, 020 7219 4829, Reading West: Alok Sharma, House of Commons, London SW1A OAA, 020 7219 7131,

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