Find out your carbon footprint
There are a lot of changes you can make to lower your carbon footprint.
One of the first things you can do is find out what your carbon footprint is. There are lots of great carbon footprint calculators out there, but the WWF's carbon footprint calculator is a good place to start.
Cornwall Live's #Do1Thing carbon calculator is quick and easy but you will have to provide your email address and will be signed up to their #Do1Thing community, which they say you can unsubscribe from at any time.
Once you know your carbon footprint is, there are apps and tools which help track your carbon usage and can help you reduce it.
Giki is an app which enables you to scan products you're considering buying and find out it's carbon footprint and other information such as whether it includes palm oil. Another app which helps you make sustainable shopping choices is Cogo.
For those concerned about fashion sustainability there are apps such as Good On You and Think Dirty, who look at ingredients in your cosmetics.
We encourage you to do your own research to find the best apps, websites and groups for you.
Pledge to 'Make the Change' with the Eden Project
Combatting climate change requires a 'Team Cornwall' effort and we're partnering with the Eden Project as we think their Make a Change Pledges are a great way to do some things differently yourself, to be able to lower your carbon footprint.
You can choose up to ten pledges to give yourself challenges to work towards. Some of them are easy and others will take a bit more effort, but each of them will help combat climate change and biodiversity loss. Every action helps, however small - let's make the change together.
The Eden Project pledges are:
- Share - I'll find people to lift share with on a regular basis
- Reduce - I'll reduce the food I throw away by making a delicious supper with leftovers once a week
- Reuse - I'll keep my reusable cup in my bag so it's always there if I need it
- Repair - Next time an electrical appliance breaks I'll get it mended safely rather than buying a new one
- Recycle - I'll recycle everything I can, and what I can't I will try to buy less of
- Grow - I'll plant a tree and encourage my school or community to do so too
- Eat - One meal a week I'll just eat food that is in season that has been grown locally
- Compost - I'll compost my kitchen waste
- Buy - I'll replace my light bulbs with energy-efficient LED light bulbs
- Care - I'll join in with a national wildlife count this year.
Act now - make a change today
Eden have some great advice on easy changes you can make to your lifestyle to cut your carbon emissions. Watch the video below to find out more!
Get involved in your community
We've got lots of ideas how you can get involved or start community projects on our Community pages.
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