COP26 and How We Can Tackle Climate Change

WHAT IS COP26?

The COP26 UN Climate Change Conference took place from the 31st October to 12th November 2021, and was held in Glasgow, UK.

You might be wondering what COP26 is and why it’s important.

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Well, the COP26 is the 26th UN climate change conference event where many national leaders join together to create and discuss action plans to be put into place to tackle the issues of climate change. 

This year’s event was highly anticipated as one of the most important COP events to be held since COP21 in Paris. According to The Times, COP26 is almost acting as a deadline for countries around the world to create stronger, more efficient goals in order to fulfil the aims of the Paris Agreement.

One of the goals of COP26 is to keep a temperature limit of 1.5 degrees to avoid devastating ecological consequences – this year’s COP will create crucial targets and commitments in order to be able to meet that goal. 

“There are just nine years left to limit the worst consequences of the climate crisis before the destruction becomes irreversible.” – James Hitchings-Hales of Global Citizen.

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It may seem as if there isn’t much we can do due to the large scale and complexity of the main themes discussed at the COP26, however, we as individuals and as a community can make small changes to our lifestyle to help make a difference and contribute towards trying to tackle climate change!

EAT LESS MEAT AND DAIRY

Did you know that meat and dairy accounts for approximately 14.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions? Avoiding these types of consumable products is one of the biggest ways you can reduce your environmental impact.

Now, we know that for most households around the UK, completely cutting meat and dairy out of your diet isn’t an easy thing. However, there are many easier options such as; using dairy-free alternatives, eating less red meat and using fresh seasonal produce grown locally.

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REDUCE, REUSE, RECYLE

According to the United Nations, “electronics, clothes, and other items we buy cause carbon emissions at each point in production…”. This emphasises the importance of bringing in the 3 R’s into our daily activities to reduce our contribution to the creation of carbon emissions.

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We can reduce the amount of waste we create, utilising the recycling bins given by the council and by purchasing items that are reusable. Some examples include water bottles, tote bags, reusable makeup remover pads and many more!

Check out our Recycling and Repurposing blog categories to find out more ways you and your family can get involved.

WALK, CYCLE OR TAKE PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Our choice of transport really impacts our carbon footprint (the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere as a result of the activities of an individual), so we must think green and consider ways in which we can reduce our carbon footprint.

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Try to limit the amount of times you use your car for transportation by walking or cycling instead. Not only will it reduce your carbon footprint but it will also create positive effects on your physical and mental health, so get out there and take in a long deep breath of fresh, cold air.

For longer distance journeys, perhaps try taking the bus or the train instead. They are more environmentally friendly than a car as they carry a larger holding capacity resulting in fewer emissions released per passenger. 

Not only are they better for the environment, they’re better for your pockets as bus fare is way cheaper than paying for petrol!

LOWER ENERGY USE

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“The energy supply sector (electricity, heat, and other energy) is the largest contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions, responsible for approx. 35% of total emissions.” – United Nations.

That’s shocking! However, not to worry, there are many alternatives and things we can change in order to lower our energy consumption. 

  • The one we are always told, but sometimes forget to do… turn off lights and appliances when not in use!
  • Try to avoid turning on or increasing the heating when it isn’t really necessary, instead wrap up warm and get on some extra layers. For each degree you turn your heating down, you save 3% on your heating bill!
  • Switch regular light bulbs for LED light bulbs.
  • Avoid taking long showers – I know it’s hard to, but you can do it!
  • When doing laundry, try to use cold washes whenever possible – According to U-Switch, washing clothes at 30° instead of 40° can save you a third on your washing bills.

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