If you’ve not been listening to or reading the news for the last few years, it might come as a bit of a shock that we are in a climate emergency.
Global warming and climate change are here and our planet is suffering life-threatening consequences as a result.
Effects include rising sea levels, extreme weather, and temperatures, animal species dying or migrating out of their habitats, and an increase in the frequency of natural disasters like floods, earthquakes, and extreme storms.
Be More Eco-Friendly At Home
Climate change is a global emergency that will most likely shape the future of the human race for hundreds of years to come.
With this in mind, it should come as no surprise that when choosing how to live our lives environmentally, we need to be doing all we can to help slow down and reverse climate change.
Luckily for us, there are a whole host of things that each individual can do to really make a difference on an environmental level.
Be Smarter With Your Heating and Airconditioning
Electricity is one of the top contributors to climate change. Switching to solar or wind power is also a great way to help eliminate greenhouse gases from your home and make a real difference for our planet, but these can be costly investments.
Doing simple things first like improving your boiler efficiency and properly insulating your home can be a great first step that is easy to achieve.
Invest In Rainwater Harvesting
Aside from the fact that rainwater is free, it is also environmentally friendly. Harvesting water from your roof and storing it in tanks for irrigation will not only help to reduce your water usage, but can also prevent water wastage by reducing the amount of run-off that ends up back in our oceans and seas.
Harvesting rainwater in a simple rain barrel can be a very simple project that anyone can do at home to make their life more eco-friendly.
Go Meat-Free One Day A Week
Going vegetarian or vegan may be a great option for some, but for most people, it’s not a change they want to do long-term, so why not split the difference and try meat-free Mondays?
Meat production is one of the largest contributors to climate change. It is high-energy and resource-intensive, so by reducing your meat intake just once a week, you can seriously lower your carbon footprint.
Look For Recycled Building Materials
When constructing or renovating your home, always look for eco-friendly, re-used building materials where possible.
For example, try asking a local builder if they have any recycled wood from old buildings or scaffolding that they can use instead of buying new timber.
Buy produce that’s in season, local, and organic. Not only does this help the local economy whilst reducing the carbon footprint of shipping food over long distances, but it also cuts out the need for large-scale farming.
Big farms use a lot of water and pesticides, but with small-scale farming, you can expect fresh produce that’s grown sustainably.