Tackling Climate Change
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has" - Margaret Mead, Anthropologist (1901-1978)
Why Tackling Climate Change Matters to Ampthill?
Climate change can be an 'invisible issue' that people ignore because the worst effects are perceived as happening somewhere else, some time in the future. It is also often seen as someone else's problem, or an issue for business or politicians.
The truth is, however, that it is happening here and now, and our actions can lead to positive change on a personal, political and business level.
Community action matters because people are more likely to engage in new behaviour if they are influenced by people whose views they respect or share. When a group of people come together they can:
- bring people together
- increase understanding of climate change
- save time and money and resources
- see the benefits of their actions
As ever, people power is truly a force to be reckoned with!
Other Communities Tackling Climate Change
- Ashton Hayes - Find out how Ashton Hayes is aiming to England's first Carbon Neutral Village at www.goingcarbonneutral.co.uk and download their 'Practical Toolkit for Communities Aiming for Carbon Neutrality'
- Castle Ward East, Bedford - Also find out how locally the residents in the Castle Ward East, Bedford are striving to become a zero carbon community through the Zero Carbon Castle Project
How to go Carbon Neutral
- REDUCE: by doing fewer things that use up energy supplies and by using more efficient supplies and vehicles.
- RENEW: by getting the electricity that you still need either by generating it yourself, by using low carbon sources or purchasing from renewable suppliers. And you should switch to using alternate fuel cars if at all possible.
- REPLACE: by offsetting the remaining carbon emissions by investing in tree planting or other projects that replace carbon dioxide.
Things to Do - Want to do something to help stop global warming?
Here are some simple things you can do and how much carbon dioxide you'll save doing them:
- Change a light - Replacing one regular light bulb with a compact fluorescent light bulb will save 150 pounds of carbon dioxide a year & save you money on your electricity bills.
- Drive less - Walk, bike, car share or use public transport more often. You'll save one pound for every mile you don't drive!
- Recycle more - You can save 2400 pounds of carbon dioxide per year by recycling just half of your household waste.
- Check your tyres - Keeping your tyres inflated properly can improve petrol consumption by more than 3%. Every gallon of petrol saved keeps 20 pounds of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.
- Use less hot water - It takes a lot of energy to heat water. Use less hot water. With a kettle only fill it with the amount you are going to use for your cup of coffee or tea!
- Avoid products with lots of packaging - You can save 1200 pounds of carbon dioxide if you cut down on your rubbish by 10%
- Adjust your thermostat - Moving your thermostat just 2 degrees in winter and up 2 degrees in the summer. You could save about 2000 pounds of carbon a year with this simple adjustment.
- Plant a tree - A single tree will absorb one ton of carbon dioxide over its lifetime.
- Turn off electronic devices - Simply turning your computer off & not leaving electronic devices on stand by when you are not using them will save you thousands of pounds of carbon dioxide a year
For more tips visit: Friends of the Earth - List of Tips