WHat You Can Do

Feeling overwhelmed?

To fight climate change we must urgently restore and protect our oceans and wild habitats, because they can absorb huge amounts of carbon. Yet the droughts, floods, diseases and wildfires caused by climate change are accelerating the loss of these very places.

Can small individual actions really make any difference in the face of a situation that seems so complex and urgent?

Ambitious action is undoubtedly needed from governments and industry – but bottom-up change is crucial too, and if enough of us act it really can have a huge combined impact.

However, our emissions need to fall by at least 10% per year – more than the reduction we saw during the Covid lockdowns. This shows the huge scale of the challenge ahead.

That’s why we all need to get on board to do our part – and encourage everyone around us too. 

What can I do?

You can find vast amounts of resources online about how to cut your personal carbon footprint and environmental impact. Start by using a carbon calculator such as Giki Zero to work out your personal carbon footprint…. Challenge yourself to see how much more lightly you could tread!

Some things will be challenging, for example it is hard to go car-free if you live in a rural area with poor public transport connections.

However, many other smaller but simple steps could make a big difference if adopted widely – for example changing your search engine to Ecosia, eating more local, seasonal food, turning your garden into a refuge for wildlife or switching to a renewable energy supplier.

Find out more specific ways of helping by visiting each film's own page >

Want to take things further…?

  • Use your voice. Write to your MP and local councillor to stress your feelings about the climate and ecological crisis. Don’t be deterred if you get a disappointing response from them. Even if you are too young to vote, remind them that one day soon you will be 18, and you will be voting for candidates with the strongest programme on environment and climate.
  • Find out about local climate groups or green organisations and see how you can get involved, support or volunteer with them.
  • Educate and inspire yourself with great climate change podcasts such as So Hot Right Now, or Outrage and Optimism. Read empowering books such as The Future We Choose by Christiana Figueres. Subscribe to Carbon Brief to stay up to date with the latest climate science and news.
  • If you are lucky enough to have a pension or investments, make sure that these are with green, ethical funds that support renewable and regenerative industries rather than fossil fuels and environmental destruction.
  • You could even consider what happens at the very beginning and end of life too. One of the biggest impacts you can have is by choosing to have fewer children - while after death a green woodland burial has a much smaller carbon footprint than cremation. Some companies even offer more extreme options, such as body composting!

Resources in Cornwall

There are some great resources right here in Cornwall to help connect you with what’s already going on and give you some inspiring ideas.

If you have any other ideas or suggestions please let us know – we’d love to hear them!

Our carbon footprint

As a project to document the facts around climate change in Cornwall, we take our own carbon footprint very seriously and aim to tread as lightly as possible.

We operate in accordance with an environmental policy that covers everything from our transport (which accounts for the bulk of our emissions) and banking to data storage and battery charging.