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. 

Our films are a great springboard to start local conversations and get communities working together on the issues most relevant to them.

If you would like us to come out and run a screening and discussion event in your local community or school, please get in touch!

What ELSE 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. Many other smaller but simpler steps could make a 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.

However, the single most important thing we can do is look at our finances.

Since the Paris Climate Agreement was signed in 2015, the world's banks and pension funds have financed climate-wrecking fossil fuel projects totalling £2.7 trillion. It is estimated that simply changing your pension provider could have over 20 times the climate impact of giving up meat or flying, changing your energy supplier etc.

Cumulatively, our pensions, bank accounts and savings are worth billions - which could make a huge difference if taken out of harmful investments and used to fund renewables and other positive technologies.

Visit Make My Money Matter and Switch It to find out more about what your money is really doing - and how to switch, hassle free, to help fund a more positive future.

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.
  • 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 are part of a climate action group in Cornwall check out the Cornwall Climate Action Group on Facebook to connect with others and share resources, ideas and events.
  • Cornwall Council’s Carbon Neutral Hive
  • Try out the Ten Pledges, produced by the award-winning Truro-based Climate Vision. See how small you can make your carbon footprint!
  • Retired organisational psychologist Colin Hastings, based in Cornwall, has produced The Carbon Buddy Manual, full of tips to help you cool the planet, broken down into manageable bite-sized chunks.  

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 in order to keep our impact to a minimum. We are calculating the emissions of our work and investigating the most robust and effective local schemes available so that we can offset these emissions in the best way possible upon completion of the project.