Through considering 10 key areas of our daily lives, there emerges many simple methods to reduce individual environmental impact, which add up to make a real impact on our planet. We need to take these steps to address the present unprecedented rapid rate of climate change. Many agreements and policies hope to tackle the impacts of our changing climate, aiming to limit warming to a 2°C rise since pre-industrial levels, but the only way to achieve this is through reducing carbon emissions to zero. Taking these steps as New Year’s Resolutions will push us in the right direction towards this goal.
1. Recycle Christmas Cards
It is estimated that 1 billion cards are thrown away in the UK every year and so an easy way to reduce your waste over Christmas could simply be to recycle. You could even have a positive impact by taking your cards to be recycled at M&S, who plant a tree for every 1000 cards that are returned to them.
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy last month released a white paper setting out their industrial strategy. This document claims to contain a plan which is “building a Britain fit for the future”, as such, it is important to see how environmentally friendly that future appears.
The first notable thing is that the government identifies four “grand challenges” which are to be tackled to put the UK at the forefront of the world economy; the ageing society, future of mobility and AI & data economy are three of them. But the final challenge the government has identified is clean growth, which appears to be a strong environmental commitment. The government states it “will maximise the advantages for UK industry from the shift to clean growth.”
So what does the government mean by this? And more importantly, what do they plan to do? Let’s begin by going through the “early priority areas” identified in the strategy.
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