Friends of the Earth’s share some eco-inspired New Year resolutions.
As the year ends many of us will be thinking about new year resolutions.
Friends of the Earth wants everyone, especially those in power, to make 2020 the year we save the planet from catastrophic climate breakdown.
It can be small, individual actions, or making the decision to join other people for collective change.
So, whatever you resolve to do, start the new decade feeling positive that we can all make a difference.
Muna Suleiman from the organisations says:
“With the world in the middle of a climate emergency we can all play a part in cutting down emissions. There are lots of things we can all do in our lives to reduce our own carbon footprint – but crucially we need to force our politicians to act too. Let’s make 2020 the year we all take action to end the climate emergency.”
Cut down on flying – especially long-haul
Aviation is a huge problem for climate-wrecking emissions. Heathrow airport is one of the UK’s biggest single source of carbon emissions. From the stunning Scottish Highlands to Cornwall’s beautiful coasts there are lots of wonderful places to visit in Britain without getting on a plane. And with its extensive rail network, Europe is a great destination too. Book early to get the cheapest rail options.
Power yourself with plants
Our high consumption of meat and dairy produce is fuelling the climate crisis, warns a UN report published earlier this year. By eating less meat and dairy you can limit your impact in terms of carbon and methane emissions and enjoy a healthier diet. Try easing yourself in with meat-free Mondays in 2020.
Ask your council to double tree cover
There’s lots that local government can do to make your area more climate friendly, and doubling tree cover is a great place to start. Not only do trees help mitigate harmful emissions, they’re also important habitats for a variety of fauna and flora. Contact your local councillors and ask for more trees: https://act.friendsoftheearth.uk/target/call-your-councillors-double-tree-cover
Watch your (food) waste
Plan your meals so you only buy the ingredients you know you’re going to use. Freeze your leftovers or make them into a packed lunch. By only using the food you need you’ll save on emissions coming from production and transport – and save money, too.
Leave the car at home
Petrol and diesel cars are a huge source of emissions, bad for both air quality and our climate. By hopping on your bike or walking into town you’ll also find yourself getting fitter – as well as saving money. For longer journeys use public transport as much as possible and if you do need a car why not hire one or carpool?
Get active where you live
Changing your lifestyle is fantastic – but with the planet facing a climate crisis, we need to get active too. Join a Climate Action Group – there are scores already up and running across the country. Check out the website to find one near you: https://takeclimateaction.uk/get-involved