World Environment Day is celebrated on 5th June every year and is the United Nations' principal day for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of the environment
1. Ditch The Diesel Car
Diesel cars contribute significantly to carbon dioxide emissions and electric vehicles are a more environmentally friendly option. Of course, it is not always possible to live without a car, but you could walk or cycle for shorter trips.
2. Eat Less Meat
The global livestock industry produces 14.5% of all greenhouse gas emissions, with cattle representing 65% of this amount. Therefore, avoiding or reducing your consumption of meat and dairy products is one of the best ways to reduce your environmental impact on the planet. This isn’t just about the effects of farming but about the processing, packaging and distribution of meat.
3. Fly Less
We need to try to reduce the number of flights we take because planes run on fossil fuels and the UN estimate that global aviation accounts for 2.4% of total CO2 emissions annually. Whilst some progress has been made in renewable jet fuel, large scale uptake is not commercially viable at the moment.
4. Switch Electricity Provider
You can switch to a renewable energy provider such as Octopus energy, to help reduce your domestic climate footprint. Did you know that commercial and residential buildings – as a result of electricity, heating and cooling - contribute around 12% of global greenhouse gas emissions annually? Once you have switched provider, the next step is reducing the amount of energy you use (e.g. plugging out appliances when not in use).
5. Be Fashion 'Smart'
The rise of fast fashion has contributed to climate change in a number of ways, such as emissions pumped into the atmosphere during manufacturing and shipping. Emissions from textile manufacturing alone are projected to rise by 60% by 2030, so it is important we alter fashion consumption habits. As consumers, we should focus on buying less clothes and making them last longer, as well as choosing manufacturers who engage in sustainable practices, such as using recycled materials within clothing.