What can I do?

 

We can all tackle climate and we can do so by making small changes in our own lives to reduce our impact on climate change. The following are some steps you can take:


Reduce Energy Use:
 

  • Use natural light whenever possible

  • Switch to energy savers instead of normal light bulbs
    Fact: One energy efficient light bulb can save PKR 1,300 a year on electricity bill.

  • Switch lights off when leaving a room
    Fact:
    Lighting an empty office overnight can waste energy required to heat water for 1,000 cups of coffee.

  • Always switch appliances off standby
    Fact: A photocopier left on overnight uses enough energy to make 1,500 photocopies.

  • Use less hot water by insulating your tank and keeping geysers off when not in use
    Fact: Using cold water for your wash saves 500 pounds of carbon dioxide a year, and using a low flow showerhead reduces 350 pounds of carbon dioxide.

  • Ensure air-conditioning/heating can be controlled in each room and reduce/increase the temperature when needed.

Use Climate Neutral Means of Transport:

  • 24% of all greenhouse gases were produced by road transport during the period 1994 and 2004.

  • Try car sharing on your journey to and from work. You can save money and make new contacts.
    Fact: Leaving one’s car at home for just two days a week reduces greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 1,600 pounds per year.

  • Check your tires frequently to ensure they are properly inflated.
    Fact: Properly inflated tires mean good gas mileage.
    Fully inflated car tires help save 300 pounds of carbon dioxide for every 10,000 miles driven.

  • Drive less. Most journeys are two miles or less so leave the car behind and cycle or walk and get fit at the same time.
    Fact: Walking helps save one pound of carbon for every mile traveled.

  • Recycle air conditioner coolant. If your car has an air conditioner, make sure you recycle its coolant whenever you have it serviced.

  • For air travel, choose airlines that are active in their green policy.

  • Choose direct flights wherever possible and by economy class as business class has higher emissions per seat. Choose airlines that have higher load factors (ratios are available).

Reduce Food Miles:

  • Buy locally produced food from your nearest market

  • Buy organic food (i.e. food that is grown without the use of conventional pesticides, artificial fertilizers, human waste, or sewage sludge – things which are all harmful to the environment)

  • Eat what’s in season. It will not have traveled as far as out-of-season fruit and vegetables.

Manage Waste:

  • Recycling your waste helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10 -15 million tons a year in the UK; the equivalent of taking 3.5 million cars off the road.

  • Do not print paper when not needed
    Fact: It takes 23 trees to produce one ton of paper.

  • Producing items from recycled materials uses a lot less energy and water than producing items from virgin materials.
    Fact: Recycling just one aluminum can saves enough energy to power a television for three hours

  • Avoid products with a lot of packaging.
    Fact: Reducing your garbage by 10% reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 1,200 pounds.

The distance food travels from where it is grown or raised to where it is ultimately bought by consumers