There is a climate emergency.
It is vital to understand climate change, appreciate what your carbon footprint is and take action to combat climate change.
Some people think that what we do as individuals and households makes no real difference. If you think individual action is irrelevant in tackling climate change, please see this BBC article
Greener Scotland have produced a series of films showing easy ways to help fight climate change, with hints and tips on how to go greener. Find out more here
Have a discussion with a friend about how you could make reductions to your carbon footprint to help tackle climate change. Reducing your carbon footprint could also save you money and be good for your health.
Here is a TED Talk on what someone can do to tackle climate change TED talk
Here is an animated video produced in Canada on what you can do to tackle climate change.
Here is a list of actions to reduce your carbon footprint. You may be taking some of these already. Is there more you could do? Many of these are straightforward behaviour changes.
ENERGY: reduce your home energy use
Additional benefits: you will save money on your energy bills
For the latest news on energy saving, heating and insulation please visit Latest news - Home Energy Scotland
FOOD AND DRINK: eat local and seasonal
Additional benefits: your diet will improve, gardening brings health benefits, you will save money
TRAVEL: greener travel
Additional benefits: you will get more fit, you will reduce stress, you will save money
For more on travel that is kind to the planet please visit here
The Energy Saving Trust answers your questions on electric cars here
PRODUCTS AND WASTE: reduce, reuse and recycle
Additional benefits: you will save money
For much more detailed information on how we can tackle climate change, please see this 1 hour webinar which looks at the issues and gives the likely savings in CO2 and money. Webinar
The savings in C02 from behaviour change can be highly significant, and several little changes add up. For example, here are some energy actions you can take and the average yearly savings in carbon and money (we assume a semi-detached house heated by mains gas and with three bedrooms):
Follow one person’s journey to sustainable living in this interesting one hour webinar. Webinar