“Buy less, choose well.”
Nowadays, everyone wants to do their bit for the environment. But knowing how to go about it is hard. Recent UK news might make you think plastic is the top priority. Then again, you may have read that CO2 emissions from planes or ships need to fall, so maybe finding better ways to travel is key.
The challenge is; our planet and environment are complicated. Every day, we see new articles or news stories urging us to lead sustainable lives.
Many might ask “ How do we start living a green lifestyle?”
Turn it off : Energy conservation is one of the most important things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint.
Don’t waste food : Waste not, want not. Did you know that 7.3 million tons of food is wasted in the UK every year? This isn’t just a huge waste of food and money, it adds to the amount of CO2 being created in landfills.
Try to cut out plastic : Plastic seems to have found its way into every single aspect of our lives. However, giving it up isn’t as difficult as you might think – bring a canvas bag with you when you go shopping, buy your fruit and veg loose and stop buying bottled water.
Plant some trees : Ecological sustainability is very important when it comes to eco-friendly living. Without a stable ecosystem, things start to fall apart. Making sure that we’re planting more native trees to replace those that have been felled to make room for developments is something that more people and businesses need to do to protect the environment and improve air quality.
Invest in eco-friendly technology : Want to go further than simply turning it off? Make sure that the tech you have got is as energy-efficient as possible. This way, you’re using much less energy for the time that the product is on, saving money, and reducing your energy output.
Grow your own : Growing your own veg isn’t just a good way to save money, it’s also a great way to cut down your carbon footprint and be eco-friendly. Don’t have any outside space? Windowsill boxes are a great way to brighten up your view, filter the air coming into your home and offer plenty of space for herbs and small vegetable patches.
There are many more things we can do to have a clean & sustainable planet, all you need to do is to step up and do your role for this planet. After all, there is no planet B.
By: Bhavagnya Bellapukonda (9-A)