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 fossil fueled vehicles?

While we could find ways to make them run more efficiently, they will still always need those fuels to make them run, which means more extraction and lots more carbon being emitted into the atmostphere.

While a lot of electricity generation also comes from fossil fuels at the moment, that's changing. In the UK, emissions from electricity generation fell by 38% in the 3 years leading up to 2019 and are expected to fall by more than 70% by the mid-to-late 2020s. So, electric vehicles like cars, scooters and bikes can run on renewable energy and help end fossil fuel extraction. Electric vehicles also remove a huge contribution to air pollution, which has long term effects on our health. 

What are the benefits of electric for you and the environment?

If you're thinking about upgrading or buying a car, investing in an electric car could save you money over time, with a recharge coming out as 58% cheaper than filling up a petrol tank! And with regulations like ultra-low emission zones, there's more savings to be had. It could even be something to consider when hiring or leasing a car short term. If investing in an electric car, make sure you buy the right size battery for the amount of driving you use, to make it as efficient as it can be. Every KW of power you add to the battery, the more carbon it uses so this is important!

But electric vehicles are still a huge investment, and although worth it both for pocket and planet if you rely heavily on driving, looking after your existing car and using it less often would also make a huge dent in your carbon footprint. Simple things like not accelerating too quickly, not carrying excess weight in your boot, and having your tyres properly inflated can help save you 10-20% on your petrol, which is a no-brainer to save carbon and money!

Check out these resources below to find out more. 

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We tried out an electric car for a road trip. Find out how we got on in our vlog...


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Did you know that in a few years time (2030) the UK is going to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars?

What could this mean for you? Find out more in this article

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Get involved

Think you could solve the puzzle of UK's electric car charging points?

Take part in this 2 day hackathon looking at solving challenges that come with rolling out electric cars - you can sign up with friends!

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Make moves together

If you don't have a lot of charging points near you, you can speak to your council about their plans for expansion and help them identify where more need to be placed. Check out our tips for writing to your MP and use our ready to go template to ask for their support on some key positive environmental policies. 

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