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. 

In 2019, the UK became the first country in the world to commit to achieving net zero by 2050. Since then, more and more countries and business are following on and declaring their own net zero commitments. But what on earth does 'net zero' even mean?  

We did some polling recently with over 4000 UK respondents and the majority (77%) of people admitted they wouldn’t be able to explain to a friend what net zero is, So if you’re unsure, you’re certainly not alone!  

What does net zero mean? 

‘Net zero’ means there’s an equal balance in the amount of greenhouse gases being emitted and removed from the atmosphere. When the UK government committed to achieving net zero by 2050 it meant they would be removing the same amount of carbon that they are responsible for putting into the atmosphere.  

Why is net zero important? 

To put it simply: more carbon = more climate change 

So to slow down and reduce the effects of climate change, we need stop putting more carbon into the atmosphere. In order to meet the Paris Agreement’s target to keep rise in global temperatures well below 2 degrees and ideally below 1.5 degrees, we need to see significant drops in global carbon emissions year on year 

How can we reduce carbon going into the atmosphere? 

There are lots of different ways for us to reduce the amount carbon dioxide emitted. We can switch to technologies that produce less carbon (like renewable energy) and also move away from high carbon products through social change and regulation.  

But, some low-carbon technologies aren't quite there yet! That means, to reach net zero by 2050 in time, we need to actually remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere! 

How do we take carbon out of the atmosphere? 

When in doubt, use the power of nature! Healthy forests, soils and ecosystems naturally absorb carbon dioxide from the air. So we can use nature based solutions, such as planting new trees and improving soils to increase CO2 absorption*. There’s also currently a lot of investment going into ‘carbon capture’ technology which can remove CO2 from the atmosphere. 

But what we really need is to drastically reduce CO2 emissions. Imagine a bath overflowing with water, we don’t just want to clear up/ absorb the excess bath water off the floor, we also need to turn the taps off to make it stable and stop it continuously overflowing!! So, we have a long way to go. 

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Can we actually achieve net zero? 

Yes - but it’s going to need a lot of funding, radical change and just a bit of elbow grease. Currently, two countries have achieved net zero - Suriname and Bhutan.  

But other countries are trying! So far, 59 countries (including the two biggest polluters) have net zero targets - covering 54% of global carbon production***.  

Is net zero even enough? 

Good question! Net zero has faced criticism for providing a loophole for businesses and richer countries to avoid reducing their emissions by investing in planting trees or carbon removal technologies. 

Carbon removal technologies are untested, tree planting is less effective than protecting existing forests, and also leads to huge displacement of indigenous and global south communities.

In fact, activist Greta Thunberg has said "forget net zero, we need real zero"  and that we need to stop carbon dioxide production completely.  

It’s clear we definitely need to go beyond the current targets of net zero and start actively restoring the climate. 

    Want to find out more? 

    Watch

    Kiss the Ground | Netflix 

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    Read

    Net Zero: How we stop causing climate change 

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    Listen

    Together Towards Net Zero Podcast

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