Make our Move

Want to do something good for the environment? Not sure where to start? Climate change is a huge issue, so it's easy to get overwhelmed, or confused about what we can actually do to help. 

You're not alone. In fact 2 in 3 of us are concerned with the impact of climate change, yet only 1 in 5 know what action we can take to reduce our impact. Over a third of us would like clearer guidance on what would make a difference and where to start. So we've done the hard work for you.

We’ve pulled together 12 clear actions you can take that'll have a positive impact. Luckily, decisions that are good for the environment are usually good for us too. They can save us money, keep us healthy, and be a great way to connect with others. Whether you just want to try some simple sustainable swaps, or are looking to extend your actions to your workplace and community, we've got ideas to help. 

Let's make our move, together. 

What's the problem with peat?

Peat is an organic material found in wetlands such as swamps and bogs, and left in its natural state, it's a carbon-absorbing superhero. It can store more than twice as much carbon as all the worlds forests (UNEP), as well as being home to rare species of wildlife.

When it's dug up to be used in commercial composts, these greenhouse gases are released, and damaged peatlands currently contribute almost 6% to global CO2 emissions (IUCN).

So this action is easy peat-sy, simply swap your compost to peat free, and you could save around 25kg of carbon for each large bag of compost. No extra effort needed other than reading the label in the shop (make sure it actually says 'peat free'), as it's widely available, not largely different in price point, and works all the same. Another alternative to buying peat compost would be starting your own compost bin at home, to create compost with food scraps and other natural materials! 

Check out some of our other growing resources below. 

Watch

Ever found a tree's face? Watch as TV's Danny Clarke shows us step by step how to plant a tree, including 'finding it's face'!

WATCH

Read

From indoors to outdoors, and seedlings to cuttings, this blog has a wealth of information to get you growing, with any level of experience.

READ

Listen

Imagine jungles and gardens in the sky, that provide a home for wildlife, a space to connect to nature, and reduce impacts of climate change such as flooding and cities heating up. That's a green roof. Find out how they're changing skylines in this episode of our podcast 'Down To Earth'.

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Luckily the government is phasing out peat by 2024, but we can still contact our MPs about the need to restore damaged peatlands. Check out our email template to do this here. And in the meantime, let your green thumbed friends or local gardening centre know about the issue too.

What happened when Hubbub tried it?

In 2019 we gave out 10,000 growing kits to Londoners, to help encourage growing in urban areas. Growing in general is a great activity for feeling connected to nature, and can be enjoyed in a space as small as a windowsill!

We gave out pollinator plants to help support bees and butterflies, and edible herb plants that people could enjoy eating after growing! Find out more about the legacy of our #GiveItAGrow campaign and show us what you've grown by posting with the #.

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