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