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Humanity only has 100 Months to Agree upon and deploy Climate Solutions before Human Extinction becomes A likely inevitability.

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MORE IDEAS FROM Climate change: Four things you can do about your carbon footprint

1. Insulate your home

From installing a heat pump to turning down the heating, there is a raft of changes around the home that can help the planet .

"Switching from a gas or oil-powered heating system to an electric heat pump makes a considerable difference," according to Dr Neil Jennings, an academic from Imperial College London.

We can change our homes by improving insulation in our walls, ceilings and windows.

Draught-proofing is one of the cheapest and most effective ways to save energy, according to the Energy Saving Trust (EST) . This involves blocking up unwanted gaps that let cold air in and warm air out.

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3. Change The Way We Commute Or Travel

Living car-free might be "the most impactful thing we can do to reduce our transport emissions", according to Dr Jennings.

Small steps still have an impact, like walking and cycling to the local shops or sharing car journeys with friends or neighbours.

Electric cars are becoming more widespread, but they are still expensive. And it is only truly green travel if the electricity used to power the car comes from green energy sources, such as wind or solar. Low-carbon sources made up 58% of the UK's electricity in 2020, including nuclear .

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2. Changing The Way We Shop & Eat.

Livestock creates 14% of all greenhouse gases , with cattle being by far the largest contributor.

Dr Jonathan Foley, who investigates climate change solutions, says you can save money and reduce waste by making smaller portions and saving leftovers for later at home.

The world wastes between 25% and 30% of its food, according to the Waste & Resources Action Programme .

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4. Green Energies

Switching to a green energy provider or a green tariff can significantly reduce your household's carbon footprint. But a recent increase in wholesale energy price means many providers have withdrawn their offers.

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From installing a heat pump to turning down the heating, there is a raft of changes around the home that can help the planet .

"Switching from a gas or oil-powered heating system to an electric heat pump makes a considerable difference," according to Dr Neil Jennings, an academic from Imperial College London.

We can change our homes by improving insulation in our walls, ceilings and windows.

Draught-proofing is one of the cheapest and most effective ways to save energy, according to the Energy Saving Trust (EST) . This involves blocking up unwanted gaps that let cold air in and warm air out, such as around windows, doors or skirting boards.

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Eco-Friendly Features of A Green Home
  • Sustainably resourced and reclaimed materials
  • Low-flow sinks and toilets
  • Energy-efficient appliances
  • Smart home systems, especially thermostats
  • Air-tight insulation in order to reduce energy leaks
  • Dater filtration systems
  • Double-pan windows and doors
  • Solar panels
  • Non-toxic paint, carpeting, and furniture with low levels of VOC or volatile organic compounds

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Carbon Footprints

A carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions that come from the production, use, and end-of-life of a product or service. It includes carbon dioxide — the gas most commonly emitted by humans.

Usually, the bulk of an individual’s carbon footprint will come from transportation, housing and food. 

There are simple choices you can make in your day-to-day life to lessen your personal impact on the environment.

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Food affects the environment

Eating healthy food is almost always also the best for the environment.

Researchers say poor diets seriously harm people and the planet. Foods such as fruit, vegetables, beans, and whole grains are best for avoiding disease and protecting the climate and water resources, while red and processed meat cause the most ill health and pollution.

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