Resources for Individuals

Actions by governments, councils and business need to be matched by those of individuals if we’re to get on top of the climate emergency.  But where do you start?  Here are a series of links to some excellent resources on this topic, some from national websites and others from individual SECA member groups.

52 Actions – is a website listing 52 different actions you can take, clustered under the following themes.  https://www.52climateactions.com/

The 52 Climate Action themes

WSCC climate pledgea series of practical pledges you can make as an individual. Sign up to the Facebook Group and you’ll get extra tips and reminders on how to go to the next step. 

What can you do? – 9 practical actions from Nicola Peel’s Eyes of Gaia website.

Pledges for the Planet  Two practical sets of pledges from Carrie Cort’s Sussex Green Living website.on what you can do make a difference.  Use them as a tick list to stick up on the fridge:

What can I do to make a difference?

Switch to green energy

Switcing to a green energy supplier will mean you’ll be doing your bit to encourage the rollout of renewable energy while helping address the climate emergency. And it doesn’t cost any more than dirty fossil fuel based tariffs; in fact it will almost always save you money.

To make this really easy, SECA has teamed up with the Big Clean Switch energy switching service to create this special online switching page.  All you do is pop in your details, say which supplier you’re currently using, and put in an estimate of your current usage. It then comes back with a list of potential green alternatives and how much you’ll save by switching. You can click through to make the change in a few easy steps.  And for each switch made, SECA earns a small commission which will be used to help cover our ongoing operating costs.  For full details, take a look at this blog article spelling it all out.

Measure you carbon footprint

Getting an idea of your individual carbon footprint is an important first step in figuring out where your actions can make the greatest difference.  There are many carbon footprint calculators around;  the WWF calculator is one of easiest to use and compares your estimated emissions to the 2020 target set by the UN.  It asks a series of general questions on your lifestyle and consumption patterns, and doesn’t require meter readings.

Calculate your carbon footprint

Carbon Independent is another good tool which covers direct and indirect emissions.  This is more precise as it asks you to put in actual gas and electricity meter readings, along with travel mileage assumptions.

It’s notable that the two calculators produce quite different figures – reflecting the somewhat different assumptions they are making.  Provided you keep using the same one, you can track your emissions trajectory over time and see how your individual actions can combine to drive down your emissions.

Do let us know of any favourite resources of this kind that you know about. Email us at southeastclimatealliance@gmail.com.

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