Want to make 2020 your cleanest and greenest year yet? Excited to set some goals to help wildlife and help reduce your environmental impact? Here are 5 to start you off! Let's make 2020 a wilder, better place to be!
Burning fossil fuels is one of the biggest contributors to environmental pollution and climate change. Unearthing, processing, and moving underground oil, gas, and coal takes an enormous toll on our ecosystems. As a result, critical wildlife habitats ends up fragmented and destroyed. Coal, oil, and gas development also threat our waterways and groundwater with pollution. Coal mining operations wash acid runoff into streams, rivers, and lake, while oil spills and leaks pollute drinking water.
Fossil fuels emit harmful air pollutants before they’re even burned. Significantly contributing to air pollution, these harmfull pollutants are linked to many cancers. Then, when we burn oil, coal, and gas, we drive the current global warming crisis as well. Fossil fuels produce large quantities of carbon dioxide, which trap heat in the atmosphere and lead to climate change.
By swapping to a renewable energy supplier, you can power your home using the sun, wind and waves. This will instantly reduce your carbon footprint by 50%. Good Energy, Pure Planet and Ecotricity are all paving the way in providing green and clean energy.
Being conscious of what you bin while out on the go is a good place to start. Hold on to recyclables until you get home and even your food waste. Yes, chuck those apple cores into your compost bin. If you don't have a compost bin, now is a great time to build or buy one. It will attract lots of insects and as a result, will welcome many beloved garden wildlife like the hedgehog. It'll also leave you with some fresh compost which is a superfood for helping things grow.
Think of ways you can give your rubbish a new lease of life. Try growing seeds in glass jars, keep hold of tins for storage or to use as jelly moulds, reuse ribbon and magazines for wrapping paper. The possibilities are endless.
If your child is given a helium balloon at a party, remember not to release it into the air. Or, say no to the balloon altogether. Support your children going plastic-free by encouraging them to kindly refuse unnecessary items. Turning down straws, or a free plastic toy that comes with a meal deal, or choosing a magazine without plastic tat is a good starting place.
Put your social media accounts to great use. Everyone is on the prowl for inspiration and guidance, so show them that you care about nature! Share messages and examples on how people can help! Do you go birdwatching? Do you go on litter picks? Do you write to your MP about protecting marine life? Show the world, how united, we can help protect our beautiful wildlife.
There are lots of hidden (and not-so-hidden) ingredients in our products which cause huge environmental damage. Palm oil is one key one lookout for. Only buy products that use sustainable palm oil. You can look for an RSPO label, or check if the listed ingredients states 'sustainable' palm oil.
Here are 5 simple ways to help protect our rainforests and here's some support on sending your children with school lunches that are plastic-free! Here is also how to throw a kick-ass eco-friendly party!
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