September 2019 - Climate Strike - Uncategorised
Climate Strike demonstrations were held up and down the UK and across the world recently urging Governments, businesses…… just about everyone to take action. The planet is warming up at a rapid rate causing climate change which can only end in disaster if is not stopped. Global warming is a man-made problem so the good news we can do something about it.
We are urging all our students to be more sustainable in their daily activities. Here are a few small things you can do to help save our precious planet.
DO NOT USE SINGLE USE PLASTIC
Make sure that you take your reusable bags when you go shopping. Do not use/buy single use plastic bags, bottles etc. Always re use/re fill plastic water bottles and reuse plastic bags.
If you are buying pre-packaged food make sure that the packaging can be recycled. Recycling reduces landfill so make sure that all your cardboard, paper, plastic and glass bottles, cans etc. are recycled. Try to upcycle old items you don’t need or want any more instead of just throwing them away. Make sure you recycle your clothes where possible and when buying new items of clothing make sure they are made from sustainable materials or better still buy from a charity shop.
BUY ECO-FRIENDLY PRODUCTS
Be a conscious consumer and look for brands that are environmentally responsible in their production methods. There are lots of companies selling products that are eco-friendly, fair trade and organic.
WALK OR BIKE
You live in a small city…. do you really need a car? Cut down on your carbon footprint by walking or biking to University. Its great exercise, will save you money and at the same time will help save the environment too.
It is one of our most important resources and millions of gallons are wasted every day. So turn off the tap whilst you are cleaning your teeth, washing your face or having a shave. Take a shower instead of a bath. Cut down your shower time. A couple of minutes less in the shower every time makes a huge difference to your water consumption and if everyone makes this small sacrifice it will make a big impact on water resources.
Use energy efficient LED bulbs. Turn off lights and other electrical appliances when not in use.
Be careful with the heating controls. Your house does not need to be boiling hot inside. It is not healthy and very expensive to have the heating on too high all day. So make sure the heating is set at an ambient temperature (20/21 C) and that it is on a timed setting to come on twice a day (normally morning and evening). When indoors in the cold winter months wear clothes that are suitable for the weather i.e. jeans and a jumper.
Intensive farming creates plentiful cheap meat, poultry and fish supplies for the supermarket shelves but this type of farming is not good for the animals, for the environment and also is not good for your health. Look for sustainably caught ocean fish and organic, free range meat/poultry. It will cost more so eat less of it. You will be more healthy for it and you will also be making a difference to the environment and the lives of the animals concerned.
DO NOT WASTE PAPER
Your studies would be impossible without either a laptop or tablet so make sure that anything to do with your studies is created digitally i.e. study notes, books, media etc.
Try to stop junk mail/publicity being put through your letter box. Always opt for online correspondence when you have an online account. It can save a massive waste of paper being put through the letter box. In turn this will save resources and reduce climate change.