‘Save a Tonne’ Challenge
Change a few little
things about the way you and your family live so that you save one tonne
of Carbon Dioxide each year.
On these pages, you will
find some more information about the Save a Tonne leaflet, more information
about the topics we have covered and also the answers to some of the
activities in the leaflet.
Dare you take on the
Save a Tonne Challenge?
The first step to achieving
the Save a Tonne challenge is to calculate your carbon footprint. That
way you can measure how well you are doing.
Calculate your carbon
footprint by logging onto http://actonco2.direct.gov.uk
What is the 'climate'?
The word 'climate' means all the different
weather that we get over a long period of time. When the climate changes,
our daily weather can also change.
‘Climate change’ is used to describe
big changes in the worlds temperature. Scientists look at these changes
for the past 100 years and use this to predict what they think will
happen in the next 100 years.
If you want to find out
more, visit the Climate Challenge website www.climatechallenge.org.uk or why not have a look at the Cool Kids for
a Cool Climate website http://www.
Did you know that nearly half of the
United Kingdom's CO2 actually comes from the things we do
We all use energy everyday
but sometimes the energy we use may be being wasted or could be used
more efficiently. This means that there are lots of easy things you
can do to use less energy and help Save a Tonne of CO2. Have
a look in our leaflet to find more tips.
Here are the answers
to our Energy Quiz
c) Around £100
b) Almost a third
a) In a microwave
c) Around one billion pounds
c) 500 hours
Everybody needs to get around, but are you being as environmentally friendly as you could be when you travel?
Cars, trains, planes,
boats and motorbikes all give out carbon dioxide and other greenhouse
gasses. However, some of these ways of travelling use less energy than
others. Walking and cycling don’t emit any greenhouse gasses at all.
Here are the answers
to the transport word search.
For more information about travelling have a look at these websites
Waste, recycling and composting
The best way to approach waste management, for any type of waste both at home and at work, is to consider the three 'R's – reduce, reuse and recycle.
The most important ‘R’ is to reduce; if we can reduce the amount of waste we produce in the first place, we wouldn’t have to reuse or recycle as much. Reusing is also very important. Try to reuse something as many times as you can before throwing it away or recycling it.
Recycling waste saves
the raw materials and energy which are needed to make new paper, metal,
glass and other items.
Composting food waste reduces climate change effects. It means that fewer truck loads of waste are transported to landfill, so less greenhouse gasses are emitted. Adding compost to your soil provides the necessary nutrients for the growth of trees and plants, which in turn absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
For more information, go to the Kirklees
Council website http://www.kirklees.gov.uk/
There are now lots of
choices you can make when shopping that help take care of the environment.
Take a bag
The average person uses
around 166 plastic bags each year, meaning over 100 million are used
in Kirklees alone. It is estimated that it takes around 500 to 1,000
years for a plastic bag to break down in the environment, and every
year in the UK 200 million plastic bags end up as litter on beaches,
streets and parks. Hang on to your old shopping bags and take some with
you when you next go to the supermarket. Also, lots of supermarkets
now offer stronger reusable shopping bags.
Look for the labels
Use labels to choose products that have a lower impact on the environment. For example, energy efficient appliances and cars, and sustainable fish.
Using labels to buy sustainable
wood and peat free compost will protect important natural habitats that
help balance climate change effects. Look for the FSC (Forest Stewardship
Council) label which means that wood has come from sustainably managed
Buy recycled and Fair Trade
Look out for recycled
products. Recycled paper, kitchen rolls and toilet tissue are among
the products now widely available. These save resources and energy,
helping to combat climate change.
Fairtrade is about better
prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms
of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By requiring
companies to pay sustainable prices (which must never fall lower than
the market price), Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional
trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest
The Fairtrade system
also includes environmental standards as part of producer certification.
The standard requires producers to work to protect the natural environment
and make environmental protection a part of farm management.
Buy locally and in season
Buying local is simply
to buy food (or any goods or services) produced, grown, or raised as
close to your home as possible. Transporting foods long distances releases
carbon dioxide and other pollutants into the atmosphere, contributing
to climate change. Buying locally helps the environment and supports
local businesses too.
Buying fruit and vegetables when they are locally in season can be a positive choice, as they are unlikely to have been transported long distances or heated during production. Consider eating more parsnips in January, asparagus in May, strawberries in July and apples in October!
There are two great farmers markets in the Kirklees area, one in Cleckheaton and one in Holmfirth. Each market is full of great local produce and other interesting, locally produced goods so why not go along and see for yourself.
We hope you have enjoyed working through our leaflet and you have risen to the challenge and saved your tonne of CO2.
If you would like to comment on the work we have done, please contact us.
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