Your personal guide to helping save the climate

Posted by tracy — 20 April 2007 at 11:59am - Comments
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To tackle climate change we need to take action on every level - big, bold action that changes the way our cities use energy, and simple small actions we can each take that will all add up to big energy savings.

The truth is that we need nothing less than an energy [r]evolution.

This new brochure from our international office is being published around the world to show how we can protect the climate. From how singing in the shower can help save the climate, to modern, efficient electricity and heat distribution - you'll find all the answers here.

Download How to save the climate and get started.

And please send the guide on to your friends as well.

Hi in this enviromental booklet it said about the energy usage in old fridges compared to new fridges but if an old fridge works perfectly well would it be more harmfull to change fridge due to the cfc's?
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gaza

Ah yes, looks like there was an omission there advising about safe disposal of fridges and freezers. Waste Online have information about how to prevent those naughty CFCs leaking into the atmosphere and Waste Connect can help you find recycling points.

Although unless anyone corrects me, I think local councils are obliged to collect white good items and dispose of them safely. Contact yours and ask for the bulky waste collection people.

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i find that people are comfortable with the easy way of life using non re-usable fuels and wasting energy all the time because it is easy, compare how people are today to what they were 60 years ago, there is a massive difference.
i think that the public need a good wake up call before it's too late.

our children shouldn't suffer due to our mistakes or laziness.
there is a enormous difference between
what is easy and what is right!!!

We've just started talking about how we go about tackling the root of environmental problems, not just the symptoms.

I don't usually make a habit of quoting Tories, but to cherry pick from MP John Gummer's article in A greener shade of blue?:

"Environmental policy must not be subsumed into a fight against global warming. ... Climate change is but a symptom of the disease, not the disease itself ... rooted in mankind's failure properly to value the resource that sustain us... we can put a price on everything except the things that really matter."

And it got me thinking. As you say people lived very differently 60 years ago. But more importantly for me during WWI & II there was a nation wide war effort, even if you weren't on the front line, you could do something to support it and everyone had to make sacrifices for the war effort.

Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, I wasn't around then, and neither was my generation or many other people who remember and know what it is like to work together, make changes, even make sacrifices, for a common threat.

Of course the government had to lead the way, just as they do now in making major changes to our energy infrastructure, and legislating energy efficiency. But still everyone has to be a part of it, believe in it and want a world without devastating climate change.

I do believe we can get most of the way there through using resources much more efficiently and less wastage alongside clean technologies. But what do we do if it means asking people to give up a few lattés?

More than anything I'm afraid that most of the damage will have been done by the time there is that kind of a global leadership, cooperation and personal action.

Isn't it about time that Greenpeace advocated Veganism as a preferred way of life to help control climate change? Surely it's the best way forward!

Yes, why isnt veganism, or at least a reduction in meat, promoted? Being a higher polluter than all the worlds transport combined, and being the easiest carbon reduction that any individual can make, why isnt there an active campaign against livestock production?

Your guide on how to save the climate is great ........ but we should limit on using fridge and other electronics equipment to decrease green house gas.

Save energy guide

Humans do not GRANT Rights to animals, they only DENY them their intrinsic Rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Go VEGAN! It's good for you, for them, and for the environment.

A vegan is someone who, for various reasons, chooses to avoid using or consuming animal products. While vegetarians choose not to use flesh foods, vegans also avoid dairy and eggs, as well as fur, leather, wool, down, and cosmetics or chemical products tested on animals.

So what do we do with the animals we no longer need, cull them all or feed them? Since they will no longer have any use to mankind!
Our hunter gatherer ancestors must looking & laughing at us now...

How come the Copenhagen summit have not touched on the subject of war having an effect on global warming; after all wars with bombs being dropped, cannons, and the like have a devastating effect not necessarily in the place they are waging war but surely it has an effect elsewhere.
Let's face it the Middle East has been in 'war' for centuries as has Afghanistan (between the tribes) and now the western world. Tsunamis, flooding, drought and excessive temperatures have effect but they haven't been in any form of war.
Why not tackle this subject as being a contributor to the environment & global warming.

Hi, I used to be a vegan, but now im vegetarian. My reasons for being vegetarian and not vegan are because of my strong feelings for protecting the environment.

OK, be realistic. If i am vegan i am eating pulses and lentals. soya milk, molassas and textured vegetable proteins. Pulses and lentils and beans are not grown in the Uk and therefore need massive international transportation for me to be able to eat them. Soya milk/soy in general. Is generally grown in south america/latin america, where they are cutting down the amazon to be able to grow it! this plus international shipping...nah this is off my list also. And textured vegetable proteins, well a huge amount of energy is used to produce this in factory...again off my list.

Nowadays I focus on eating locally grown food. weather its vegetables,milk or eggs. If its locally made it hasn't had to travel far for me to eat it. I believe in supporting local farmers. I will never eat meat, but i do use milk because its local.

Avoid all packaging at all costs. Tofu is packaged in plastic, eggs are packaged in cardboard. Soya milk is packaged in a non recyclable container, cows milk bottles either glass or plastic are recylable...

you see what im getting at? Eat local, Eat seasonal, Eat organic as much as possible and advocate and support local buisnesses that provide these things. Get a job at a local farm, your local country park (even voluntary) show them you support them. Advertise them by word of mouth....

and if you do eat meat, please make sure its british and not New zealand lamb!!!!

Peace and Blessings to all of you, and remember we as humans may be stupid, selfish and lazy. We as humans are destructable. But the earths immune system is a hell of alot better than our own, Gaia will always recover...its just the earth has no concept of time and it could take longer to recover than the human race will survive.... but it will recover...eventually
xxx

very nice, i love greenpeace. We can change the world. Now, Come and save our little world

Even local organic cows and hens will eat a lot more imported soya and vitamin and mineral supplements in their supplementary concentrated feed than a vegan would, eating those ingredients directly. Think about all time the livestock are growing before they are productive.That's a lot more food miles.
TVP and tofu and soya milk are not compulsary for vegans! Neither is soya for that matter. So packaging can be avoided.
Those local cows take up a lot of grazing land locally that prevents beans being grown locally. Land not suitable for this can be for wildlife or biofuels, which would be viable because less land is needed to feed vegans.
Also shows GM is not needed to get more food production, only less animals. Vegans need 1/3 of land area of meat eaters for food.

With refererence to the post on 02/12/09. We won't face a problem of what to do with a lot of livestock because the world will not go vegan overnight.
But as more people do become vegan or vegetarian or use less animal products, farmers will not keep breeding livestock that people will not buy. They will breed less as demand falls, leaving more land for people and wildlife.

Although unless anyone corrects me, I think local councils are obliged to collect white good items and dispose of them safely. Contact yours and ask for the bulky
http://www.gecengece.com

very nice, i love greenpeace. We can change the world.

very nice, i love greenpeace We can change the world Now, Come and save our little world

i find that people are comfortable with the easy way of life using non re-usable fuels and wasting energy all the time because it is easy, compare how people are today to what they were 60 years ago, there is a massive difference. i think that the public need a good wake up call before it's too late. our children shouldn't suffer due to our mistakes or laziness. there is a enormous difference between what is easy and what is right!!!

We've just started talking about how we go about tackling the root of environmental problems, not just the symptoms. I don't usually make a habit of quoting Tories, but to cherry pick from MP John Gummer's article in A greener shade of blue?: "Environmental policy must not be subsumed into a fight against global warming. ... Climate change is but a symptom of the disease, not the disease itself ... rooted in mankind's failure properly to value the resource that sustain us... we can put a price on everything except the things that really matter." And it got me thinking. As you say people lived very differently 60 years ago. But more importantly for me during WWI & II there was a nation wide war effort, even if you weren't on the front line, you could do something to support it and everyone had to make sacrifices for the war effort. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, I wasn't around then, and neither was my generation or many other people who remember and know what it is like to work together, make changes, even make sacrifices, for a common threat. Of course the government had to lead the way, just as they do now in making major changes to our energy infrastructure, and legislating energy efficiency. But still everyone has to be a part of it, believe in it and want a world without devastating climate change. I do believe we can get most of the way there through using resources much more efficiently and less wastage alongside clean technologies. But what do we do if it means asking people to give up a few lattés? More than anything I'm afraid that most of the damage will have been done by the time there is that kind of a global leadership, cooperation and personal action.

Isn't it about time that Greenpeace advocated Veganism as a preferred way of life to help control climate change? Surely it's the best way forward!

Climate change is not now or in the foreseeable future the most important problem facing the globe. This is just a power grab by the Government to impose federal carbon and cap and trade taxes to try to get control over another part of our economy. Their heavely regulated nature of the financial market did not keep it from going haywire and taking the entire economy down with it. Do we really want them to run the energy market?

Yes, why isnt veganism, or at least a reduction in meat, promoted? Being a higher polluter than all the worlds transport combined, and being the easiest carbon reduction that any individual can make, why isnt there an active campaign against livestock production?

Your guide on how to save the climate is great ........ but we should limit on using fridge and other electronics equipment to decrease green house gas. Save energy guide

Humans do not GRANT Rights to animals, they only DENY them their intrinsic Rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Go VEGAN! It's good for you, for them, and for the environment.

A vegan is someone who, for various reasons, chooses to avoid using or consuming animal products. While vegetarians choose not to use flesh foods, vegans also avoid dairy and eggs, as well as fur, leather, wool, down, and cosmetics or chemical products tested on animals. So what do we do with the animals we no longer need, cull them all or feed them? Since they will no longer have any use to mankind! Our hunter gatherer ancestors must looking & laughing at us now...

How come the Copenhagen summit have not touched on the subject of war having an effect on global warming; after all wars with bombs being dropped, cannons, and the like have a devastating effect not necessarily in the place they are waging war but surely it has an effect elsewhere. Let's face it the Middle East has been in 'war' for centuries as has Afghanistan (between the tribes) and now the western world. Tsunamis, flooding, drought and excessive temperatures have effect but they haven't been in any form of war. Why not tackle this subject as being a contributor to the environment & global warming.

Hi, I used to be a vegan, but now im vegetarian. My reasons for being vegetarian and not vegan are because of my strong feelings for protecting the environment. OK, be realistic. If i am vegan i am eating pulses and lentals. soya milk, molassas and textured vegetable proteins. Pulses and lentils and beans are not grown in the Uk and therefore need massive international transportation for me to be able to eat them. Soya milk/soy in general. Is generally grown in south america/latin america, where they are cutting down the amazon to be able to grow it! this plus international shipping...nah this is off my list also. And textured vegetable proteins, well a huge amount of energy is used to produce this in factory...again off my list. Nowadays I focus on eating locally grown food. weather its vegetables,milk or eggs. If its locally made it hasn't had to travel far for me to eat it. I believe in supporting local farmers. I will never eat meat, but i do use milk because its local. Avoid all packaging at all costs. Tofu is packaged in plastic, eggs are packaged in cardboard. Soya milk is packaged in a non recyclable container, cows milk bottles either glass or plastic are recylable... you see what im getting at? Eat local, Eat seasonal, Eat organic as much as possible and advocate and support local buisnesses that provide these things. Get a job at a local farm, your local country park (even voluntary) show them you support them. Advertise them by word of mouth.... and if you do eat meat, please make sure its british and not New zealand lamb!!!! Peace and Blessings to all of you, and remember we as humans may be stupid, selfish and lazy. We as humans are destructable. But the earths immune system is a hell of alot better than our own, Gaia will always recover...its just the earth has no concept of time and it could take longer to recover than the human race will survive.... but it will recover...eventually xxx

very nice, i love greenpeace. We can change the world. Now, Come and save our little world

Even local organic cows and hens will eat a lot more imported soya and vitamin and mineral supplements in their supplementary concentrated feed than a vegan would, eating those ingredients directly. Think about all time the livestock are growing before they are productive.That's a lot more food miles. TVP and tofu and soya milk are not compulsary for vegans! Neither is soya for that matter. So packaging can be avoided. Those local cows take up a lot of grazing land locally that prevents beans being grown locally. Land not suitable for this can be for wildlife or biofuels, which would be viable because less land is needed to feed vegans. Also shows GM is not needed to get more food production, only less animals. Vegans need 1/3 of land area of meat eaters for food.

With refererence to the post on 02/12/09. We won't face a problem of what to do with a lot of livestock because the world will not go vegan overnight. But as more people do become vegan or vegetarian or use less animal products, farmers will not keep breeding livestock that people will not buy. They will breed less as demand falls, leaving more land for people and wildlife.

very nice, i love greenpeace We can change the world Now, Come and save our little world

About Tracy

I work for Greenpeace in the UK office. Most people in the office might describe what I do as "something to do with computers". That might be followed up with "and she is not a morning person". Clearly I think it is far more interesting than that. I have been helping Greenpeace organise and deliver online campaigns for more than 10 years (I’m going to stop counting) in Canada, Brazil, India and from our international headquarters. And then I realised my carbon foot print was out of control and have settled in the UK bought a boat and a solar panel and am now trying to make amends.

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