Climate Change - What can you do to help the planet?

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As a result of climate change, humans and wild animals are facing new survival challenges. Droughts that are more frequent and severe, storms, heatwaves, rising sea levels, melting glaciers, and warming oceans can all hurt animals, ruin their habitats, and disrupt people's livelihoods and societies.

No, this isn't a horror movie sadly, it's the reality that we're living at the moment but the good news is that there's still time to do something about it. In these times when technology is a big part of our life, you might think that hope is lost but what if I tell you that technology can be the one that helps you live more sustainably? Sounds pretty good, right?

Well, the latest campaign from Viessmann talks exactly about that and it's quite a read I'm telling you! It's so interesting to find out what our future can look like and I really enjoyed reading it. 

What small things can we do in our everyday lives to protect our planet? Let's see!

Protect the forests

Many of the world's most endangered animals can be found in forests. They also help to protect the environment by absorbing carbon dioxide (CO2), an important pollutant that contributes to climate change.

Bees

There is no doubt that bees play an enormous part in our ecosystem. They are responsible for much of the pollination of flowers. Attracting bees to your own garden may seem like a scary proposition, but bees rarely harm us. They’re too busy doing their jobs! If you’re feeling brave enough, you could introduce hives to your garden and train to become a beekeeper. Even if you don’t have much space in your garden, you can always use potted plants that attract these busy workers.

Clean It Up

If you leave everything to your local authority, there is no chance they’ll be able to clean everything all the time. Sure, you pay your taxes, and you do your bit by using the litter bins. But still, there can be lots of litter blown over the parks and streets. If you have time, try to volunteer a couple of hours for a cleanup so that everyone can enjoy a much better and safer environment.

A Day Off

If you commute to work in your car, would your boss be willing to give you a day of remote work from home? There are plenty of ways you can give your car a day off. Imagine how much money you could save if you only used it 4 days a week instead of 5? That’s a twenty percent saving in fuel straight away. Best of all, that’s twenty percent fewer emissions and carbon harming the environment. So how can you do that?
Car sharing with one person saves half your fuel bill. Car sharing with two will save two-thirds. You get the idea! If you think the other car sharers are a little out of the way, why don’t you each cycle to the other’s house? It’s a great way to save money, improve your fitness, and help the environment by reducing emissions.
Other ways to leave your car at home include shopping daily on foot instead of doing a big shop with the car each week. You could use public transport or cycle. If your budget allows you, why not consider an electric powered car? Would you be willing to change your lifestyle a little so you could leave your car at home? That's up to you!

Can Your House Help?

It may be warm right now, but winter will come again. It is thought that some of the problems of climate change and environmental impact could be caused by our heating systems. Older boilers tend to gobble up more gas and offer less heat than the latest models. Of course, the most up-to-date boiler is a lot safer than an old one too. If you can’t stretch to a new boiler, don’t panic. There are plenty of other ways to reduce the heat loss and the gas used.
Add another layer of insulation to your loft. Check all your windows and exterior doors seal completely to avoid drafts. The fuzzy draft excluder around the frame thins over time. Buy some spare so you can run it around the windows or door as needed. Have you checked the BTU of your radiators? Some are inadequate for the room. This means you need the heating on for longer and still feel a chill. Finally, check your hot water tank (if you have one) is fully insulated to stay hot for longer.

I know that we would like to think that just the big factories and power plants pollute our environment but it's not quite so. We can reduce our own impact by making a few subtle changes. And if you’re willing to help others keep this little corner of the globe clean, we can all enjoy a healthier environment.

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