25 June 2021
We know that responding to the climate emergency can often feel daunting and it can be difficult to know where to start. But that needn’t be the case! There are a great range of resources out there that can help you consider your environmental impact and make easy changes that have a big impact. Often they’ll also help you save money too so you’ll be helping your bank balance as well as the planet!
Below you will find a range of resources and information that can help you consider how to respond to climate change and take part in Andover’s Climate Day of Action on Friday 25 June.
Don’t forget that as part of the Climate Day of Action, we’ll be hosting a Climate Marketplace on Andover High Street between 11am and 2pm, there you will find a great range of local groups that can help inspire you to do you bit!
Working out your carbon footprint
The WWF have created a simple questionnaire that will help you find out your current carbon footprint. It’s quick and easy to use, breaking down its results in a way that’s easy to understand and providing tips for what you could do next.
Take the survey here
Fashion and clothing
Good On You ratings give you the power to make better choices when you shop. They have a directory that ranks big brands based on their impact on our planet as well as on animals and the workers producing our goods.
In England the average person uses over 120 litres of water every day! Bringing this water to your tap at home requires energy whilst treating our waste water is also an energy intensive process.
If you’re out and about and need water, instead of buying a bottle, why not bring your own and refill it? Whilst plastic bottles can be recycled, transporting bottled water is very energy intensive. The Refill project have a map that shows you where your nearest free tap is and the app is available on both Android and Apple devices.
Electricity and gas
When thinking about your carbon footprint at home, electricity and gas are probably two of the main things you think of. There are a range of resources out there to help you reduce your carbon footprint and help save you money.
SSE have a good range of hints and tips to help you with this, so too do the Energy Saving Trust. If you want to know more about switching to a green electricity tariff, which will mean your electricity comes from renewable energy, the Centre for Sustainable Energy have information that can help you.
Resources for businesses
There are a wide range of resources available to businesses, many of these will be targeted to a specific industry or sector. However, here are some more generic resources:
Locally, The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Sustainable Business Partnership exists to encourage and support businesses to adopt sustainable business practices. Looking more broadly, a wide range of information is available from the WWF as part of their Emission Possible initiative and from the Carbon Trust. Both of which are aimed at helping businesses consider and reduce their environmental impact.
Want to know about something else? Hampshire County Council have a good range of information and resources available on their Smart Living website.
Similarly The Environment Centre, a charity based in Southampton, have advice and support on their website that’ll help you save money whilst helping our planet.
These are just a few starting suggestions, there’s a massive amount of other information out there online – take a look and get creative!