5 Ways To Love Your Planet

The earth is what we all have in common, and protecting it starts with you!

The earth is what we all have in common, and protecting it starts with you!
Climate change is the most significant challenge to achieving sustainable development, and it threatens to drag millions of people into poverty.
At the same time, we have never had better know-how and solutions available to avert the crisis and create opportunities for a better life for people and the planet.
Here are some ways that you can help the planet:

1. Give up single-use plastic
… or at least reduce it. There are many simple swaps you can make at home to reduce the amount of plastic you buy and discard, from carrying a reusable water bottle to buying food in bulk, recycling shopping bags. It’s all about Reduce, Reuse and Recycle!

2.Plant a tree
Trees are under threat from climate change, urban development pollution and attack from tree diseases and pests.
Trees help to clean our air, filter our drinking water, purify our soil and provide habitat to over 80% of the world's terrestrial biodiversity. Forests also provide jobs to over 1.6 billion people worldwide and provide medicinal ingredients.
So why not help the planet during the month of ‘Random act of kindness’ by planting a tree? You can do this yourself in your back garden, or try joining a national forest planting event. You can also donate to reforestation projects around the world.

3.Eat seasonal & local produce - Organic
Eating seasonal, local produce helps to reduce the environmental footprint of your food, using less energy (and associated CO2 emissions) for growing and transportation. It also helps to support the local economy and, as seasonal fruit and vegetables are picked at their natural taste and nutritional peak, quite often they taste better too.

4.Save water
Conserve water resources by making simple changes at home such as turning the tap off whilst brushing your teeth, taking a shower rather than a bath (which use approximately double the amount of water than that of a shower), and shortening your shower time.
Use water saving devices such as showerheads, to save-a-flush devices and inserts for your tap to not only reduce your water bills, but also to lower energy bills by heating less water.

5.Conserve energy
Simple changes at home, such as switching the lights off when you leave the room and replacing your lightbulbs with low energy LED lights can help to conserve energy in the home. Not only does this help to reduce your household bills, but there’s also a direct link between your energy use and the environment. Consuming less power at home helps to reduce power plant emissions that are emitted when generating electricity and helps conserve the earth’s natural resources.

A few ideas to conserve energy:
• Turn the lights off when you leave a room
• Don’t leave appliances on standby – switch them off
• Open windows instead of using an extractor fan when cooking or showering
• Switch to low energy LED lightbulbs – they use 90% less energy and last a lot longer than regular bulbs
• Hang wet clothes out to dry rather than using a dryer

Additionally, consider switching to a green energy supplier.