The environment needs our love and protection if we want it to keep providing us with the bounty it does; the air we breathe, the food we eat and the fuel that powers our homes. The easiest way for you to reduce your environmental impact is by making small changes in your life – if enough people make a small change it can have a big impact.

Ditch the car

Don’t ditch the car all the time – we know it’s convenient when it’s cold or wet, or you need to get somewhere in a real hurry. Just think about swapping it for a bike or your trusty two feet for smaller trips – walk the kids to school or cycle to the gym.  Not only will it save you fuel money, it’ll do wonders for your fitness and wellbeing.

Try walking instead of driving.  You’ll save money, help ease pollution and improve your own wellbeing.

Unplug your devices

Did you know that TVs and phone chargers are often using energy when they’re plugged in but not in use? Turning them off is a small thing you can do to help keep our planet healthy – and it could help you to spend a bit less on your energy bills too!

Unplug chargers when not in use, you’d be surprised at how much energy they use

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Buy local

Do you know how far your food has traveled? Eating out of season means that your green beans could have come from South Africa, or your asparagus could have journeyed from Israel, a process that puts lots of carbon dioxide into our atmosphere. By shopping at local farm shops and markets you can help to reduce the air miles on your meals – it’s quick and easy!

Locally grown food is low in carbon footprint and by buying from a farm shop you’ll be helping local business to thrive

Make your garden wildlife-friendly

There are plenty of ways to make your garden a haven for wildlife and help to preserve our natural diversity, from bird boxes to compost heaps. Consider installing a green roof to increase the natural environment available for birds and bugs to make use of – a living roof is also a great way to add extra insulation to your building, reducing the amount of energy that’s wasted in heating your home and bringing down your energy bills – it’s the best of all worlds!