There are many actions you can take to reduce your ecological footprint, improve the resilience of the ecosystem and improve your well-being.
Here are just a few ideas of actions that you could take:
- To start with you could calculate your ecological footprint to get an understanding of what impact you are having on the planet.
- You could then look at our resource pages for some easy ideas and ways of reducing your ecological footprint in different areas, such as transport, energy or food.
- You could join a SEE-Change local group and create projects that support you, and others in your local community, to take action.
- You could volunteer with SEE-Change and take actions that support a range of different projects to happen.
A SEE-Change member asked friends for ideas of things people can do about climate change and here is the list of what they came up with:
- Try a vegan diet even if it is just for one or two days a week, or one meal a day
- Buy locally grown food and other items
- Grow what food you can
- Turn off standby power
- Compost (that’s a biggy) or lobby for council compost collection or start a worm farm (great for units)
- Get an energy audit to get more ideas on changes
- Join 350.org – http://350.org/
- Ease off on accelerating cars….stay under 80km ph…saves up to 1/3
- Join a climate action group and come to the meetings
- Join an ethical superfund (you could look at Market Forces to find one)
- Install solar hot water as it covers about 1/3 of household power
- Convert a lawn or nature strip and plant a tree
- Lobby for railway, eg between major cities in Australia
- Don’t buy anything you don’t actually need. If you want to give a present, give a ticket to a show or a Christmas cake or dinner out etc.
- Carpool or reduce car use where possible
- Install thermal curtains and pelmets
- Use shade cloth or vines outside to reduce heat in the home
- Reduce air travel where possible to less than one trip a year
- Limit the number of children to two or less per family
- “Don’t buy things with tailpipes or smoke stacks”. For example, buy an electric car, not a petrol one. Buy a heat pump that can run on renewable energy, not a gas heating appliance. And so on.
If you have other ideas to add to this list or would like more information about actions you could take, please contact us.