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How can we change our daily lives to help combat the climate crisis?

Being more environmentally friendly in the way we live can range from little changes to big commitments. Here are some of our favourite sustainable actions

Slow travel

Our constant need to go on holidays has a huge negative effect on the environment. Slow travel is all about making travel more sustainable, as well as taking more time to travel and enjoy experiences.

It means taking more time travelling, engaging with the culture and environment around you, rather than rushing to get through as many holidays as possible, which we are all guilty of doing.

Slow travel also encourages those who travel to have less of a damaging impact on the environments they travel to.

This means avoiding using planes and cruise ships which are to blame for the majority of vehicle pollution on the planet, encouraging the use of trains and personal vehicles to travel instead.

Motor homes

One of the best ways you can drastically change your living, to become more sustainable and environmentally friendly, is to buy a motor home.

While they still emit fossil fuels, motor homes are a sustainable option when it comes to travel, as well as day-to-day living, especially as more and more motorhomes have more environmentally friendly features such as solar-powered energy.

Many people are beginning to live permanently in a motor home, not only to save money on rent or mortgages, and various bills, etc. But to become more sustainable.

Motor homes provide a comfortable living space, while also reducing emissions.

If it is not practical to live permanently in a motor home, then why not invest in one for travel.

By travelling in a motor home, instead of flying, you can save the planet a whole load of environmental damage, whilst taking in more from your holiday, and saving you money on flights and hotels.

Changing eating and shopping habits.

Taking just production, agricultural emissions account for about 15 per cent of global greenhouse gases.

If you include land-use change and the other farm-to-plate impacts, this figure rises much further. The science behind the measurement of farm-level emissions is complex.

It involves, not just carbon dioxide, but a range of other greenhouse gases; notably nitrous oxide and methane.

Farm activities also, of course, involve the use of a range of fossil fuels for cultivation and transportation.

Not surprisingly, the accounting of the emissions from agricultural products is lagging some way behind other sectors.

Measurement is inconsistent, technically challenging and linked closely to activities which require on-farm knowledge and expertise.

We can each do our own bit to lessen the damage of the food industry on the environment.

By eating locally sourced produce, as well as cutting down on environmentally damaging foods such as meat and dairy, not only can you improve your own health, but the health of the planet.

Saving water

Whether you think we need to save water or not, sustainable living requires a frame of mind that never takes any resource for granted.

In any case, we can all be prepared for the day when ‘they’ give out some prolonged sunshine and not be caught out if as a result of a bureaucratic mix-up you find your water is metred.

  • Fit a water displacement device into your toilet cistern or if you can bear it.
    if replacing old toilets make sure the new one is flush efficient.
  • Shower instead of bathing.
  • Fix dripping taps and lag outside pipes to prevent bursts and leaks.
  • Turn taps off when brushing teeth, this saves 5 litres of water per minute.
  • Use a watering can instead of a hose.
  • Let lawns grow longer in summer (it retains moisture)
  • Don’t be tempted to use a sprinkler.
  • Water plants early in the morning or late at night to prevent loss through evaporation.
  • Don’t water too often, shrubs and established plants will put down deeper roots and be stronger plants if you leave them to fend for themselves.
  • Use ‘grey’ water (e.g washing up water) for non-edible plants.
  • Get a water butt

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