The following quote illustrates the importance of us getting beyond the statement of “We need to plan to do something”. Joel Barker is an inspirational speaker.
Whether we are householders, working in business, farmers, or working in schools and hospitals we should all create a plan to become net-zero by 2030 in Shropshire, and then take action.
Actions you can take
We provide in this section a number of pages which give useful facts and descriptions of the key activities which we can undertake to contribute to tackling the climate emergency. We provide links here to the various pages which provide useful tips and tricks. Shropshire Council has produced a summary leaflet, which helps identify the key actions we should take.
Your carbon footprint allows you to work out your impact on the environment, in terms of the amount of Greenhouse Gases you emit or consume, and its impact. There are many tools which you can use to work this out, and we summarise here the main tools which we have discovered. Work out your current footprint, and understand where you can take action.
On the buildings page we cover what you should be doing about improving the structure of your buildings to make homes and buildings more climate-friendly. Thus is covers issues like insulation. It also shows how making you cosier can save an estimate £ 250 per year.
On this page we cover the actions you can take that will enable you to get away from fossil fuels to carbon-neutral forms of energy for heating and lighting. So it coves everything from LED lights to Air Source heat pumps.
On this page we cover the actions you can take with respect to changing from fossil-fuel dependent forms of travel to better more carbon-friendly forms of travel. Thus we cover e-bikes, electric cars, and reducing air travel.
The type of food we wat, and where it comes from has a considerable impact on our Carbon footprint. So on this page you will find useful tips on how to change your diet and where you shop to make your eating habits more climate-friendly. It covers everything from buying locally to becoming vegan.
When we buy and use “Stuff” like TVs, Washing Machines, Clothes, pharmaceuticals and healthcare products on a daily basis, we have an enormous impact on the environment. So on this page we review the issues, and give some simple guidance on how you can make a dramatic change by “buying for the planet”.
The actions we take within the countryside, particularly in Shropshire can have a damaging effect on the number of plants and insects that exist, which has a dramatic effect on the food-chain. Planting trees can also be a great way of absorbing Carbon Dioxide. So on this page we cover the actions we can take on improving the county’s countryside.
We should also learn about the detail of the actions we can take by engaging in “Carbon Literacy” training, which can be attended online. We give some background on the Carbon Literacy project, and where you can get further details. We also have now developed three core workshops designed for householders, parish councillors and small to medium size businesses. If you join our courses you can get Carbon Literacy certified through the Carbon Literacy Project.
Take Action now
Just in case you needed reminding that we require action now, then do listen to Great Thunberg.
Greta Thunberg is an international activist working to get nations and companies and individuals engaged in taking action, not just talking words. She wants us to listen to the science.