Our planet is warming, we are experiencing more extremes of weather, here in Dorset we have recently suffered from flooding and landslides. The latest report from the International Panel on Climate Change confirms that these changes to our weather and climate are linked to human activity.
We are using too many of the earth’s resources, the One Planet Living eco footprint tool estimates that the average European lives as though they had three planets not one. If we carry on like this we will continue to see changes to weather and climate and there will be less and less for future generations.
So what can you do?
We can think about your lifestyle and see how you can use less. There are many tools such as carbon footprint calculators that can help you do this, but some top actions you can take are shown below:
1. Use less energy at home
Most homes in the UK are heated by oil or gas, these are fossil fuels that have been laid down under the earth over millions of years. The World Health Organisation recommends that we live at a minimum temperature of 18°C, but we can still conserve these fuels. When you switch on a light or appliance you are drawing electricity from the national grid. This electricity is generated from a range of sources: around 66% fossil fuels, 21% nuclear and 13% renewable, this balance changes constantly to view it now click here.
• Check your walls and loft are insulated
• Turn your thermostat down by 1°C – to save 10% on your heating bills
• Turn off lights and appliances that are not in use
• When you replace or buy more appliances look for the most energy efficient.