Did you know? A typical resident in the Western World emits an average of 10 tons CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) per person per year. The world average is 5 tons CO2e per person per year.

You can work out what your footprint is and how much you can reduce it by visiting the Climate Hero carbon calculator.

The bigger your carbon footprint, the larger an impact you are having on the climate and ecological crises right now.

Therefore, we have put together the following simple tips to help you reduce your emissions and mitigate your impact. How many can you commit to?

Change your food habits

1. Switch to a more sustainable, healthy diet. 

Agriculture accounted for 10% of UK greenhouse gas emissions in 2018. By switching to a more vegetarian, plant-based diet, you can save a lot of carbon – especially if you choose to grow your own or buy locally-grown, seasonal produce.

2. Cut down on food waste. When you throw food away, you waste more than a meal. You’re also wasting the energy that was used in growing, producing, packaging and transporting it.

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Read our blog on how to reduce food waste

Change your travel habits

3. Before you get in the car, stop and think: Can I arrive at my destination another way? Is it within walking or cycling distance? More than 40% of car journeys are less than 4km long and transport currently accounts for 27% of UK emissions.

If you use the car to commute, why not car share or try a cycle to work scheme instead? Is there public transport? 

Update your home

Energy used in buildings accounts for around 17% of total emissions. Reducing your household energy use by switching to a renewable energy supplier or purchasing a heat pump will help cut down.

4. Does your house have the essentials such as insulation? Adding insulation reduces emissions from heating by 20-50%.

5. Save on energy consumption – can you install solar panels to produce your own renewable source of energy instead? Solar panels can save on average up to 1.5 tons of carbon emissions per year!

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You can also save energy with simpler and cheaper actions, such as not leaving appliances on standby at home and in your home office. Be efficient – three quarters of us in the UK overfill our kettles for our daily cuppa, costing us £68 million a year and wasting energy.

Reduce waste

Producing new consumer goods often generates a lot of carbon pollution. Take a modern smartphone for example - around 85% of its entire carbon pollution comes from its manufacture, not from using it. By repairing or reusing your current items, you are saying no to the manufacturers and demanding change, favouring a circular economy which is more sustainable, as opposed to favouring the sale of items which become obsolete.

6. Rather than throwing away your broken appliances which will inevitably end up in landfill, try taking them to a store for repairs, such as Paul’s Repair Academy in Melksham. Production of household waste needs to decrease by 33% by 2037 to reach emissions targets. 

7. Wear clothes to last – around 336,000 tonnes of used clothing in the UK gets thrown in the bin each year!

Learn how to become a sustainable refashionista

8. Say no to single use plastics. 295 billion pieces of plastic are thrown away in the UK every year!

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Learn methods to reduce plastic waste

Use your voice

An overwhelming majority of people are worried about climate change - but they often assume other people aren’t. Or they don’t know what they can do to make a real difference. This is where you can help.

9. Have your say on Wiltshire Council's Climate Strategy! 

From Wednesday 1st September to 11.59pm on Sunday 17th October, you can comment on the draft strategy, which covers seven delivery themes:

  • transport
  • built environment
  • waste
  • green economy
  • energy generation, storage and distribution
  • natural environment, food and farming
  • carbon neutral council

More about the climate strategy

10. Talk to your friends, family and coworkers. Tell them how simple it is to make these changes, and how they can become a Wiltshire Climate Champion themselves, too.

11. Speak to your MP. MPs want to know what it is you care about. Not only do they want to hear from you, but they also have a duty to listen - their job is to represent you in Parliament! MPs are generally friendly and open for a chat, and an appointment will usually last around 10-15 minutes.

12. Get your community involved. Every space for nature counts! Whether that's turning small road verges into a patch of wildflowers or digging a pond, make sure there are wildlife-friendly areas in your neighbourhood and lobby your local council to mow verges less for example.

Not sure how to start the conversation? See the talking climate handbook by Climate Outreach.

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