Lights! Cycle! Action!

The Starting Point

From showering in the morning, to checking your emails or boiling a kettle, many of the activities that we engage in on a daily basis lead to carbon emissions that contribute to climate change. Many of our daily carbon emissions come from the burning of fossil fuels for personal transport and to power/heat our homes. Other greenhouse gases are emitted indirectly, from the way in which we live our lives, for example, through food production and processing, making of electronics and plastic for our consumption, and through the construction of roads and new buildings.

Every individual has a part to play in the collective effort to act on climate change. You and everyone else have a key influence over the goods, services and technologies that businesses produce and have the power to influence government action. This section explores the many steps that individuals can take towards leading a low-carbon, more environmentally friendly life. By making simple changes in our behaviour, we can help reduce carbon emissions, save money, and contribute to the shared effort to act on climate change.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has". Margaret Mead, American anthropologist, (1901 -1978).


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