Climate action you can take today

That will create a better future for tomorrow

There's no sugar coating it - climate change is the top environmental crisis facing Australians and global citizens today. Every single region around the globe is feeling the impact of climate change, from devastating wildfireswarmer and more acidic ocean waters that are bleaching corals and impacting sea life, and extreme rainfall events causing catastrophic flooding

Many climate change impacts already observed are unprecedented in thousands of years. Our planet is in peril.

Nevertheless, not all is lost—at least not yet. 

If we are part of the problem, we can be part of the solution, and the changes we make today can change the course of the future. Here are 6 ways you can reduce your personal carbon footprint to help save the planet. 

Calculate your carbon footprint. You can start reducing your carbon emissions by calculating your carbon footprint, and develop a strategy to reduce and remove your carbon emissions. This could include carpooling to work, installing solar panels, buying an electric vehicle, or installing smart meters to reduce energy consumption.

Buy local, organic produce. By purchasing food from your local farm stand, you can avoid the indirect emissions associated with transportation of fresh produce from interstate and overseas, as well as support your local farmers. 

Ditch single-use products. Not only do single-use plastics harm ocean ecosystems, which are already feeling the negative impacts of climate change, manufacturing plastics adds more than 850 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere. 

Reduce food waste. Australians waste approximately 7.6 million tonnes of food per year, which accounts to about 3% of total country-wide carbon emissions. When it breaks down in a landfill, it releases about 250 kg of greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, 25% of the water used to produce food is wasted. With water resources becoming scarcer due to climate change impacts, the waste is a big problem. Australians can reduce food waste by adopting several simple practices, including meal planning, checking the pantry for staples, using the freezer to manage leftovers and fresh food not consumed before expiry.

Manage your energy and water usage. Individuals will need to consume less utilities to reduce carbon emissions. You can install more water-efficient appliances and fixtures. By using less water, less energy will be consumed to heat water. Cutting down on your shower time from eight minutes to four minutes saves up to 350 kilograms of CO2 a year. If all Australians committed, this practice would reduce emissions due to household energy consumption by 8% every year. Installing smart meters to monitor electricity usage will save carbon emissions, which would include those for lighting and heat/cooling functions.

Drive and fly less. Cars are a major source of carbon pollution across the country, especially in cities. While most individuals need cars to get around, the gas-powered transportation sector causes 16% of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions. Of that percentage, light passenger vehicles emit 10% alone. Not everyone can afford a newer, more fuel-efficient car or switch to an electric vehicle. Yet, individuals can take action to reduce their carbon footprint by driving and flying less, carpooling, and taking public transportation. But there is definitely room for improvement. One domestic flight for a single person can be in the range of 1 to 2 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

Offset your carbon footprint. While reducing your carbon footprint may take a few adjustments in lifestyle, you can also purchase carbon credits from environmental projects to counter your emissions. A car sticker from Go Neutral absorbs and retires the same amount of carbon that the average Australian car emits in a year - 3.2 tonnes. We fund Australian-based projects, so you can play a pivotal role in protecting the natural world that we all depend on, as well as supporting local farmers. Find out more here.

 

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