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Climate change in the spotlight: Tips to reduce your impact

Scientists are meeting to give inputs on a crucial climate change report that focuses on warming and the impacts. Picture: Wassim Chouak on Unsplash.

With climate change firmly in the spotlight in the next few weeks, we have some suggestions on how you could reduce your carbon footprint. Please feel free to send us any clever tips you might have, by interacting through the comments section below or sending us a message on Facebook (@meanderchronicle).

Recycle, by all means. And better if you can separate into plastics, paper, tin and bottles, and take to a recycling centre. Even better still, reuse the items in your home, repurpose for use in gardens, in your shed, for storage or any practical means by which you can get multiple uses.

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Plan driving routes carefully to limit unnecessary mileage. Picture: Tuan Nguyen Minh

When driving, think about your routes. Use less petrol where possible and reduce emissions. If you have the means, seriously consider going electric or hybrid. Use fuel-saving driving tactics, such as avoiding hard acceleration on take-off and sticking to or driving below the speed limit.

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Downsize and buy a more fuel-efficient car, especially if you do heavy mileage. Use public transport where possible.

Recycle, catch water, grow your own to try to limit carbon footprint and work towards water security. Picture: Jonathan Kemp/Unsplash

If you are a business owner, aggressively go green wherever possible. Recycle water, catch water, use solar, carefully monitor vehicle usage and cut down on unnecessary driving by yourself and staff members. When using suppliers, try to use those whose green credentials are the strongest.

When it comes to food production, grow as much as you can, network locally to source and trade products. Try to have a low footprint while doing this. Recycle kitchen waste and build your own compost supply. Try to maintain healthy soil, limit soil erosion and embrace low impact techniques.

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If you have the means, purchase kitchen and household appliances that have the best energy ratings (ie use less electricity).

When buying new appliances, try to opt for those with the best energy rating. Picture: Riccardo Annandale/Unsplash

Author of The Flexitarian Foodie, Jax Moorcroft, is a big believer in refusing all the “stuff” you don’t really require in the first place. A simple concept, but one many of us fail to follow every day. Jax has some really strong ideas on food production and consumption and how to limit your environmental impact. As a mom of young kids, for her, it’s an all-consuming way of life, a complete paradigm shift.

There’s no need for extremes, every little thing you do to live lightly is a win

Here are some more suggestions on how to think about reducing your carbon footprint. You may not agree with all of them, some may not be practical for you, but they provide good food for thought on this vital issue.

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