In this series of articles (published in GreenSpirit Magazine) we look at a selection of practical and achievable things you can do to reduce your impact on the life on planet Earth. We all know that the health of our living planet is deteriorating as the human population grows, climate change and pollution increases, and wildlife and wild spaces suffer as we are now within what is termed the sixth mass extinction.
Many people feel depressed and helpless about this and wonder what difference they can make. But there are many things that we can do to reduce our own impact, and along the way we will inspire others and feel better that at least we are doing something, however small it may seem. All these small things can add up and make a huge difference. Be the change…
It’s important to consider the effectiveness of various actions when choosing what to tackle first. For example, you may think you are doing your bit by recycling your waste paper, but if you knew that was only a tiny bit as effective as something like changing your energy supplier, you may want to do that as a priority! A good source of information about the effectiveness of various actions, especially relating to climate change, is from Project Drawdown, which researched and modelled the 100 most substantive, existing solutions to address global warming – see www.drawdown.org.
Each article looks at five different actions you can take. They will cover areas such as climate change, pollution, ethics, land and water use, animal welfare and so on. Some may be obvious and some you may well have actioned already, but we hope you will find some inspiration and ideas from the suggestions. Right, let’s get started: