7 easy things you can do at home to help planet – from recycling to diet changes

According to a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s report, it is “unequivocal” that humans have warmed the skies, waters, and lands, and that “widespread and rapid changes” have already occurred in every inhabited region across the globe.

The United Nations ’ climate science research group concluded that many of these changes are now irreversible within our lifetimes.

In a press conference, Ko Barrett, vice chair of the IPCC and senior adviser for climate at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said: “This report tells us that recent changes in the climate are widespread, rapid, and intensifying, unprecedented in thousands of years.

“Climate change is already affecting every region on earth in multiple ways. There’s no going back from some changes in the climate system.”

Scientists have now backed away from most best-case scenarios and have become more confident than ever that human-caused climate change is already worsening deadly weather events.

It is now a proven shocking fact that humans have already warmed the planet by at least 1°C. As a result of burning fossil fuels, oceans have been rising and natural disasters such as wildfires and heat waves have increased.

Global warming is an environmental crisis that affects everyone worldwide. However, there are small steps people can take to lead a more sustainable life and contribute to the wellbeing of the planet.

Avoid using the car as much as possible

Cars release polluting carbon dioxide and the production of electric cars contribute to deforestation.

Instead of using a car, you could consider riding a bike to work. Prioritising walking for smaller distances makes a huge difference, as well as contributing to your overall health

Including more time for walks in your day-to-day life reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke and improves management of conditions such as hypertension, high cholesterol, joint and muscular pain or stiffness, and diabetes.

Carry your own cup
With the rush of today’s life, dropping by Pret or Costa for a cup of coffee on the go has become a routine many are dependent on their way to work, or even just for their own pleasure.

However, research has shown that Starbucks alone blows through 8,000 paper cups a minute, which adds up to more than 4 billion cups a year.

Unrecycled waste travels throughout the world’s rivers and oceans and accumulates on beaches.

As a consequence, this type of garbage harms physical habitats, transports chemical pollutants, threatens aquatic life, and interferes with human uses of river, marine and coastal environments.

Bringing your own cup to your local coffee shop is an easy way to prevent unnecessary and dangerous waste.

Recycle and reuse
Reusing a juice bottle or a jam jar is an easy way to repurpose plastic and glass, and can help you store non perishable food such as rice, salt and more.

Keeping different containers for different materials to throw will make recycling easier.

Recycling significantly reduces the amount of new materials made, which once again, helps the environment.

Bring your own bag
Avoiding using plastic bags at the supermarket reduces unnecessary waste of plastic.

Bringing a reusable tote bag or basket to your local market is an easy way to shop eco-friendly.

Eat sustainably
Eating sustainably can be as easy as decreasing your intake of meat, such as introducing a vegetarian day in your diet, or simply buying more local food.

Another way to lead a more eco-friendly diet is to purchase organic food, as well as fruits and vegetables in season.

Use energy efficient light bulbs
These types of light bulbs not only help reduce the amount of power used in a home, but they are also cost-saving.

The more energy a light bulb consumes, the more electricity is used, leading to more fuels being burned, ultimately resulting in more emissions of greenhouse gases and other air pollutants emitted.

Avoid buying plastic bottles
Alarming reports have found that around 90% of water bottles end up decomposing in landfills rather than being recycled.

Using a reusable water bottle is an efficient way to save money and contribute to the wellbeing of the planet.