Tackling the Climate Emergency together
The environmental improvements we saw as a result of lockdowns across the world are proof that if we make changes individually, together, they have a big impact.
Going somewhere? Can you walk, wheel or cycle there? Every journey made by active travel can help improve fitness, mental wellbeing and save emissions, giving us cleaner air to breathe and stopping harmful gases that contribute to climate change. You can find out more by contacting the Energy Saving Trust to discuss their loans and grants available, including the e-Bike Loan.
Food waste creates harmful gases like methane which feeds climate change. By planning your shop, making a list of what to buy and only buying what you need, you can help prevent food waste. Using food waste apps means that communities and businesses can share food that would otherwise go to waste. And putting all unavoidable food waste in your food waste caddy means you can maximise what you recycle. You can contact your local council to find out how to get a caddy and when your food waste is collected.
Ultra-low emission vehicles
Scotland is phasing out the need for new petrol and diesel cars by 2032 and so investing in electric vehicles (EVs), plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) and electric bikes for journeys, instead of petrol and diesel cars, is the best option for the environment and the future. Scotland is also supported by a network of over 1000 charge points around the country and support is available to help with the cost of buying an EV or PHEV. Contact the Energy Saving Trust to find out more.
Due to coronavirus, many of us have made significant changes to the way we work, with video conferencing and working from home becoming the preferred option. Being able to continue this for the time being and where possible will help reduce pressure on our public transport system as well as reduce emissions from commuting.
Look out for local, in-season food
Making choices about the food we eat can have an impact on climate change. Learn about the food you can source locally and that’s in season to make the most of Scotland’s abundant natural resources.
Reduce and Reuse
Choose foods with less packaging to minimise waste and share or buy second-hand items instead of new on popular apps or online marketplaces. Find out more on about buying less and making things last here.
Call Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282 or visit the website for free impartial energy saving advice, tools, as well as financial support for energy efficient home improvements that could help reduce emissions and keep your home warmer.