In recent years it has become increasingly clear what harmful influence we humans have on our planet. Our actions make the world warm and change the climate. From rising sea levels and forest fires to increasingly erratic weather phenomena, the way we live is changing the earth.
Governments around the world are determined Reducing global emissionsbut they can’t do it alone. We all have a role to play if we are to slow down (and hopefully reverse) the rate of change in our environment. Here are just a few ways we can all make small changes that together make a great overall contribution to the goal of a net zero future.
The concept of net zero explained
In simple terms, we will reach net zero when we find a balance between the amount of greenhouse gases we produce and the amount we remove from the atmosphere. We are unlikely to ever get to a point where we are not producing harmful emissions, but as long as we can find ways to eliminate them we will stop choking the planet with our production. At the moment it seems like a long way to go – but that can only be done if you don’t take into account the contribution we could all make. Tiny changes in lifestyle will lead to massive changes in our environment. As the saying goes, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a first step” – we all have a role to play in this journey.
Important steps we can all take towards a net zero future
A greener lifestyle doesn’t have to make huge sacrifices. Small changes are required, of course, but most are just sensible lifestyle adjustments – and many even save money:
Recycle more: Increased recycling and reuse are the key to our future, not to free the world from its resources and to take a more proactive and responsible attitude towards our planet. The way we live now is not sustainable and we are currently using more of the earth’s resources than it can produce. Earth overshoot day is a symbolic date of the year that precisely defines the day on which the amount we take out of our world is greater than what it can produce in the same year. In 1970 there was an overshoot on December 29thth. By 2019, the data had jumped alarmingly to July 29thth.
Reduce your water consumption: Treating, pumping and heating water requires an enormous amount of energy. So using less water can lead to a huge reduction in emissions. Reducing water waste at home will reduce your carbon footprint, but don’t forget the impact that lower water use could have in the workplace as well. Companies like Utilitybidder.co.uk can help you reduce your company’s water usage – and also help you find the best deals from suppliers.
Use less energy: Our energy requirements put the environment under unbearable and unsustainable pressure. Experts suggest that reducing our electricity consumption is the most effective way to reduce emissions. In the digital age, smart devices can help monitor energy consumption at home and at work. They can even be set to turn devices off automatically to reduce energy consumption. With less energy, you not only save the environment, but also a lot of money.