8 Ecofriendly Things You Can Do Now

We need to discuss climate change and work together to solve it.

As we reach the middle of Blogtober there is no better time to draw attention to climate change. The Climate Summit is about to begin in Glasgow and I want to see lots of blogs encourage readers to think long and hard about this important matter.

I wanted to suggest some simple changes that you can make to your everyday life. Increasingly I try hard to make changes myself. Some are small and others big. It takes effort and we all have so much to do if we really stand any chance of undoing the climate damage already done.

8 Changes You Can Make Right Now

I wonder how many of these changes you might be willing to make.

1) Have a shorter shower. Instead of spending fifteen minutes in the shower, try to do it in five. Saving water and using it appropriately is one small way to show an ecofriendly attitude to your life.

2) Walk to your local shops twice a week instead of driving to out of town retail centres. By buying local you are supporting small businesses as well as reducing your vehicle usage.

3) Encourage your children to walk or cycle to school instead of driving them there. Having studied this particular aspect of transport I could write a whole article just about this.

More people walking to school and work would make the streets feel safer and reduce the pollution and road traffic accidents which relate to local vehicle use at peak time.

4) Add more plants to your garden. We are losing our wildlife rapidly, as highlighted on today’s national news. By planting a small tree, some shrubs and a few extra plants, you can help to green up your locality. Even better, perhaps have a go at creating a vegetable patch.

5) Change your holiday plans. Swap one of your aeroplane getaways for one that you get to by rail or sea. I started doing this in 2014 and haven’t looked back. Also take the opportunity to explore your own wonderful country. I still have so many places I want to visit in Scotland and Wales.

6) Ignore fast fashion trends. Consider wearing clothes until they are worn out or repairing them as they fray. The fashion industry uses a lot of energy and creates a lot of waste.

7) Get your home insulated and turn down your heating by 2 degrees. Make sure you are wrapped up instead. A sweater on and plenty of throws around the house should enable you to lower your heating output. This is especially relevant during our current energy shortage in the UK.

8) Find out more about climate change because knowledge is power. Discuss the issues with your families and make it an ongoing conversation. The more we talk about global warming, the more likely it is that we will find ways to solve it.

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I Miss Snow – A Poem

My one snowy day in 2021.

I miss the snow,

With its beautiful glow.

Miss the buttery frost,

Without it I am lost.

I miss the fun,

Get fed up of just sun,

Miss the snowflakes,

And the gleam the snow makes.

I miss snowball fights,

And cold, hot chocolate nights.

Miss the spiky holly,

And the winter jolly.

I miss the warmth and feeling,

Of gloves and hats; so appealing.

Miss the glistening scenery,

That sweep the memories back to me.

Think About It – Climate Matters

Rivers are important indicators of climate change.

For Blogtober I intend to keep up my usual mix of articles about books, TV and the environment. The latter is incredibly prominent right now, as it should be, with the Glasgow Summit just a few weeks away. As I see it, this is a real chance for us to put pressure on governments to instil changes immediately.

Anglia TV News devoted Thursday’s episode to widening awareness of our changing climate. They were at Denver Sluice, a massive construction that tries to manage water levels in East Anglia, at a time when water is distributed unevenly and rain storms are becoming features of all seasons. I felt that the questions they asked and the input from the weather presenters was first class and they definitely presented plenty of information in an accessible way.

The local river that stretches into the Fens from Peterborough is filling up quickly again, ready -no doubt- to spend months flooding the surroundings and slowing my journey to work. Small inconveniences for me are no big deal, but the fact that climate change is apparent even in my locality, highlights just how widespread the problem is. It is literally a GLOBAL problem.

Where has Winter gone?

Our one snowy day last winter.

One of my favourite things about winter is snow. As a child of the eighties, I remember my Nan constantly sweeping the path that led to our house to remove the fresh snow, which seemed to fall almost daily at the height of the season. Such weather is a natural part of our winter in the northern hemisphere and I have such fond memories of trudging through it with gloves and a woolly hat on.

Although I am fairly sentimental about flurries of snow, I miss it also because the lack of it demonstrates how much warmer our winters have become. It doesn’t take much to realise that if this is happening in England, then elsewhere in the world similar warming is going on, with devastating effects.

You only have to switch on the News to see forest fires in unusual places such as Canada, melting glaciers and species becoming extinct. When you look at climate tracking websites, every year seems to be showing clear increases in average temperatures and new seasonal high temperatures. Alongside this, more destructive storms, such as the hurricane impacting on New York and the Hamptons, are becoming frequent and occurring in locations they wouldn’t have in previous years.

Crisis In Energy

We all know that pollution from fossil fuels is a MAJOR contributor to climate change. Electric cars are becoming a commonly discussed topic, yet right now we don’t have the necessary charging stations to support their widespread use. Hopefully this will change in the coming months.

Harnessing the power of the wind is an essential part of the environmental package.

Again, looking at my local area, I am pleased to see wind turbines growing up all across the Fens. It is one of the easier solutions to powering our electronic demands. However, we still have a long way to go, especially as we become more dependent on batteries.

The ‘We Don’t Have Time’ app has been a useful source of environmental initiative news for me for quite some time. Here is an article about some Swedish projects which are looking at better ways to harness energy, using salt.

Harnessing Energy Article

It Matters

I will be drop feeding information about global warming throughout Blogtober. This subject matters to me and should matter to anyone reading this post, without a doubt. We are long past the period of questioning it and trying to understand it. What we must do is start slamming the brakes on hard.

With any luck, the Glasgow meeting will bring about lots of public discussion and set up real targets for measurable change. Please comment your thoughts on this below and consider signing my petition to make environmental education compulsory in schools which is signposted here.