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We are in a Climate and Ecological Emergency

Act as if your house is one fire.  Because it is. Right now!

“Net zero by 2050 blah blah blah…..
Hope is taking action…
Hope comes from people”
Greta Thunberb, 2021

Fingers Rolling Dice with Act Now wording

Read the tips, think about what you feel you can do or are doing, work towards doing more and feel good about contributing in a positive way.

AT HOME
1. Repair stuff rather than throw it away. Learn how to repair things

2. Never use single-use anything if you can, reject disposables and the throw away culture

3. Wash clothes in cold water. Saves 0.25 tonnes of CO2

4. Take fewer showers or take shorter onesWater Drip Above A Hand

5. Install a low flow shower head

6. Don’t use a fresh towel every day!

7. Don’t use Wet Wipes; they cause a lot of damage

8. Change your cleaning products out of plastic bottles to using Vinegar, Bicarbonate of Soda and Citric Acid

9. Save water whenever you can – look online for some ideas

10. Use a pressure cooker to cook food in less time, so saving energy

11. Recycle as much as you can, especially aluminum – £36,000,000 worth thrown away every year

12. Reduce all waste – if you cut open tubes and plastic bottles at the “end” of their life you will discover a lot of usable products in there

13. Use old newspaper to line waste and compost bins in the kitchen rather than use plastic bags or even “compostable” bags which are made of corn or potato starch

14. Use newspapers or brown paper to wrap presents

15. Re-purpose glass jars for storage of dry goods like oats, sugar, sultanas, or screws and other items in the garage

16. Use re-usable coffee filter; easily made out of cotton and can be used a thousand times or more – better than using a thousand paper filters and you save money!

17. Use a material dish and floor cloth instead of throw away paper towels; saving money and trees

18. Opt for electronic bills rather than paper if possible

19. Get a programmable thermostat World And Thermometer

20. Go make-up free for a week! Be daring!

21. Try re-usable pads and menstrual cups

22. Use a bamboo toothbrush or one with a removable head

23. Avoid plastic straws and all polystyrene items

24. Use natural materials for washing up – like loofah and coir products. The last ages and do not release plastic fibers and filaments into the water course

GENERAL
1. Waste nothing – water, food, clothing, time; waste zero

2. Reduce everything – mainly reduce your CO2 emissions!

3. Respect nature and all things – family, friends, colleagues, animals, trees, plants, sea life, bees, soil and all life

4. Educate yourself, become enlightened. Ask questions; search online, for example, “Why should I avoid palm oil?” “Why should I change to a renewable energy supplier?” What is my carbon footprint?”

5. Care. Only when we really care about something do we take the trouble to find out more and get involved

6. Reduce, re-use, repair, rejuvenate, re-evaluate, recycle

ENERGY USE
1. Turn your home heating down a notch and put on another jumper

2. Change to LED light bulbs which use only a quarter of the energy, but last 25 times longer

3. Use a fan to cool your house over air conditioning as it will use less energy

4. Change to a Green energy supplier

5. Turn off all lights and appliances when not needed; do not leave them on standby – it still uses power

6. Use a laptop instead of a desk computer; they use up to 80% less energy

7. Get ground or air source heating installed instead of using fossil fuels

8. Insulate your home to a high degree, including the loft and all pipes

9. If you do not have double or triple glazing fit secondary glazing

10. Use a portable ‘spot’ heater in the room you are in instead of heating the whole house

11. Fit a wind turbine in the garden Wind Turbine

12. Putting up thick thermal lined curtains at your windows; can prevent heat loss through the glass

13. Fix gaps around doors where draughts enter; fit a door
curtain or door sausage dog

14. Get solar panels installed on your roof

15. Buy a solar charger for electronic devices

SHOPPING
1. Buy loose fruit and vegetables, reject plastic packaging

Water Bottle

2. Take your own reusable bag every time you go shopping

3. Shop at markets where plastic use is minimal

4. Use a refillable coffee cup or water bottle

5. Avoid buying products containing Palm Oil – increased use is leading to rainforest destruction and destruction of land belonging to indigenous people

6. Buy locally produced food. Avoid buying food which has travelled thousands

7. Reduce or cut out eating meat and dairy. Meat eating contributes 14.5% of man-made global emissions

8. Eating a plant-based diet could save 0.8 tonnes of CO2 a yearLight Blub With Plant In The Centre For Eating Smart

9. Eat food that is in season

11. Buy from refill shops; take your own containers

12. Buy Eco friendly cleaning products

Useful Websites

Big Clean Switch
Why not switch your energy supplier to a renewable energy supplier?

Make Money Matter
Move you money, it could be more beneficial than you think.

Switch It
Invest your money in a green bank.

Ecosia
Switch your search engine to one like Ecosia they use their ad revenue to plant trees, and produce twice as much renewable energy as they use, making them a ‘carbon negative’ organisation.

Olioex
Allows you to share any surplus food you might have with people nearby.

Love Food Hate Waste
Shop smarter and see beyond the bin.

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