Climate change

Climate change is one of the most pressing issues facing the planet. Since 1900, the average temperature and the sea level on the planet have both risen. There is now very strong evidence that these changes can not be explained just by natural variations and that human emissions of greenhouse gases are changing the world’s climate.

The main greenhouse gas is carbon dioxide (CO2), which is produced when fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas are burned for energy. It is estimated that over 40 per cent of CO2 emissions in the UK come directly from what individuals do – for example, using energy in the home (the main use is heating) and driving vehicles. That means you have an important role to play and can make a real difference to tackling climate change.

Calculating your carbon footprint is an important first step. Everyone has a carbon footprint – it is your own personal measure of how much carbon dioxide you create and how much you contribute to climate change.

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CO2 Calculator

Recycling

Nearly two thirds of all household rubbish can be recycled.   People in the UK are recycling three times more rubbish than they were 10 years ago, but an average family can still double or even treble the amount they recycle. Recycling reduces the need for landfill and saves new materials and energy, helping to tackle climate change.

Recycling aluminium requires only five per cent of the energy it takes to make new aluminium – and produces only five per cent of the carbon emissions. Recycling just one aluminium can saves enough energy to run a television set for three hours.  Find out how to recycle a wide range of goods, including wood, engine oil, fluorescent light tubes, textiles, batteries and TVs. Recycling saves a lot of energy and raw materials, and avoids waste going to landfill.

RECYCLE

Carbon Trust

The Carbon Trust is a world-leading organisation helping businesses, governments and the public sector to accelerate the move to a sustainable, low carbon economy through carbon reduction, energy-saving strategies and commercialising low carbon technologies

The Carbon Trust’s mission is to accelerate the move to a sustainable, low carbon economy. Source:www.carbontrust.com

Carbon Trust

Plant a Tree

Every tree planted adds to the forest and every tree planted begins a lifetime consuming carbon emissions. We know that we can’t solve the world’s environmental problems overnight, but we can make an effort towards tackling CO2 emissions.

Woodland Trust

Trees for Life

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