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.
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.
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!
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.