Urgent action on climate
In August 2021, the UN released its latest scientific report on climate. The report was widely reported as "code red for humanity", and was the starkest warning yet of the need for urgent action.
The challenge seems overwhelming, but solutions are in reach. Whether that's joining a community group and working at a local level, or calling in government to invest in green jobs, we can all play a role in protecting people and planet.
Here's some ideas to get you started.
1. Take action in your community
Climate Action groups are the local solution to a global crisis.
Right now people just like you are coming together to develop practical, local solutions and make their towns and cities more climate-friendly.
Are you ready to join them? Find out what's happening near you.
2. Ask the government to act on climate
Polling reveals that two thirds of Britons believe climate change is as serious as coronavirus, and the majority want climate to be prioritised in our economic recovery.
Together we need to urge our leaders to create climate-friendly communities across the country, with warm homes, clean air, green jobs and thriving wildlife.
3. Become a member
We can't fight climate breakdown without the help of people like you.
Will you help fund groundbreaking work to create a greener, fairer world for everyone? Your money could:
- Provide 200+ local action groups with essential resources and training.
- Ensure our policy and insight team can carry out vital new research to help drive new government policies.
- Fund our expert campaigners to pressure government to adopt our solution: a plan for a green and fair recovery from coronavirus.
4. Power up on plants
Meat and dairy production is responsible for 14% of global climate-changing emissions.
Too much meat is no good for your health either. Each year we could prevent thousands of early deaths in the UK, and save the NHS a fortune, by eating low-meat or no-meat diets.
There's plenty of easy ways to reduce your impact, for example order a veg box straight to your door or eating less (and better) meat and dairy from local farms.
5. Top up your fitness
Petrol and diesel cars spew out lots of climate-wrecking emissions. They also increase air pollution.
Most car trips in the UK are relatively short – under 5 miles. So it's fair to say many of us could be leaving the motor at home more than we are.
Top up your fitness and tackle climate change at the same time by cycling or walking. Too tired? Hop on the bus or train.
6. Get your electricity from the wind and the sun
Wouldn't it be nice to weaken the big climate polluters that burn fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas?
You can. What's more, every person choosing a green tariff adds to the movement for more renewables.
You could even be in for a surprise saving. Clean tariffs are often cheaper than the standard fixed-rate tariffs most UK households are on.
7. Take the train, not the plane
Your carbon emissions will be sky high if you fly frequently.
From the mountains of Snowdonia to Cornwall’s beautiful beaches, think about all the beautiful places in the UK you can reach without flying.
Europe is home to some of the world's most beautiful train stations. From the botanical garden at Madrid Atocha, to the Neo-Baroque central station of Antwerp and the powerful Art Deco and Art Nouveau of Milano Centrale. Another reason to ditch the plane for the train.
8. Save energy at home
Even though a lot of our electricity now comes from renewables, the UK still powers up on a lot of climate-wrecking gas. So an energy-guzzling home is bad for the climate as well as your pocket.
Turning off lights and unplugging appliances will help, but your heating could be undoing all your good work. Make a dent in your carbon emissions by properly insulating your home. There are more eco-friendly heating options too, like smart controls and heat pumps.
9. Move to a green bank
Are your savings for the future being used to make that future worse? Choose a bank that invests in the type of things you agree with.
Our partner, Triodos, invests in socially and environmentally beneficial projects. Your money will help slow climate change, create jobs and drive green industries.