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. 

How often have you been on a plane?  
 
Flights have a huge impact on the environment because of the amount of emissions created just to get them off the ground (think about how big they are, and the continous power needed to keep them in the air!). Air travel makes up about 2% of global emissions (ICAO), which may not sound like that much – but only 3% of the global population regularly get on a plane, so it’s a huge chunk in perspective! 

And this is expected to grow as flying becomes more globally accessible. In Europe, planes emit around 10x more CO2 into the atmosphere as trains, over the same distance (Seat61). And as trains transfer to renewables, that difference becomes even larger. So if you’re a regular flyer, switching out domestic or short haul flights for trains, boats and coaches can make a huge difference to your carbon footprint. 

Check out our tips below for getting started with more ground and land travelling instead of flying.  

1) Get on board with a good deal    

The train doesn’t have to be more expensive, book far enough in advance and you could save! Did you know you can get a whopping third off train travel when 3-9 people travel together, usually off-peak. Or check out the many railcards on offer, you could earn your money back within one trip! Seat 61 is the ultimate train traveller's guide, full of tips comparing the cost, time and ease of different trips across the UK and Europe. The coach is almost guaranteed to be cheaper than a flight within the UK, and why not take the travelling time to just nap and rest up for the trip? 

2) Make travel part of the trip  

Travelling on ground may take a little longer, but don’t they say it’s about the journey not the destination? With the train you can add stopovers for meals, to explore extra destinations, you could bring games, movies, books, snacks, and you might catch some lovely views or a sunset on your way! Get inspired by this list of the most scenic train routes in Europe or the UK’s 7 most scenic train rides to build into your trip.  

3) Luxuries of the ground

When you skip the planes, you also skip the queues, the security, the liquid limits, and the baggage claim. Did someone say full size shampoo and full skin care routine? Yes! You can take all the products, pastes and sprays you want, your bag can be as large and as heavy as you want, and you’ll have much less hassle either side of your travelling. 

4) Hidden gems and dupe destinations    

A lot of people will fly for holidays, but what if we told you that you could find all the fun, beauty and escape you’re looking for right here in the UK? Less hassle, more fun, and you might even save some money! There are loads of hidden gems to be unveiled in the UK. From beaches and mountains to nightlife and spas, there isn’t many holiday vibes that can’t be matched here. Check out some of our top staycation swaps: 

  • Barcelona -> Brighton or Margate for upcoming seaside kitsch, art, beaches and nightlife  
  • Benidorm -> Manchester for characterful streets, indie shops, restaurants and bars and amazing music    
  • Ibiza -> A UK festival or spa weekend for total indulgence, escapism and relaxation   
  • Dublin -> Edinburgh for a concentration of bars and nightlife, charming cobbled streets and even plenty of laughs at the Edinburgh Fringe   
  • Berlin - > Glasgow or London, both brimming with culture, retail therapy options and a vibrant underground nightlife. 
  • Amsterdam -> Take the train! From £35 one way and you’ll arrive in the centre of Amsterdam under 4 hours   

5) If you do need to fly...    

Holidays are a hard-earned treat for many, and sometimes it’s necessary to fly. You can reduce your impact with a few simple steps. Taking direct flights, staying for longer, packing light and sitting in economy all help use less fuel. You could also consider offsetting the emissions from your flight by investing in reputable projects like tree planting. Want to learn more about the impact of flying and its history and future? Listen to our podcast, What On Earth.   

Make moves together  

Want to get two extra days of holiday a year for helping the environment? Talk to your Employer about joining Climate Perks, the scheme that provides paid ‘journey days’ if you travel without flying, both to allow for the extra travel time and to reward your decision! It’s a great way to encourage employees and make the sustainable decision the more attractive one.  

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