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Climate Week 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is a global crisis which has impacted so many aspects of all of our lives. Amid the difficulties, it has also shown that, as a society, we can make big changes to the way we live our lives.

For some, we've changed how we travel and are walking and cycling more than ever. For others we're now working from home, no longer needing to commute. These factors will contribute to tackling the global climate emergency, which remains one of the greatest threats facing the world’s population.

Around the world extreme weather events and erratic temperatures are becoming more and more frequent. In Scotland we're already seeing the impacts. Over the past few years we've experienced summer heatwaves, flooding and extremely high winter temperatures. The climate emergency is already on our doorstep. 

Scotland is proudly leading the fight against climate change and will be net zero for all greenhouse gases by 2045 to minimise the impact of climate change on our society and the environment. Net zero is when the emissions of greenhouse gases are balanced by removals of those gases, such as carbon being absorbed by forests. 

 

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We’re also seeing many businesses, organisations, public sector, third sector and communities across Scotland stepping up to tackle climate change. They’re joining the fight by changing processes, running online events and supporting their staff to become more sustainable. Even with coronavirus restrictions, there's still lots that can be done.

The time for stronger and more decisive action is now and it really is down to everyone to make the effort together. We need all of Scotland to be involved if we are going end Scotland’s contribution to climate change within a generation. You may think your carbon footprint can’t make a difference, but it does.

So, what can you do to play your part in tackling climate change?

 

Active travel – whether it’s walking, wheeling or cycling, it's good for your health and wellbeing, and helps to reduce the number of petrol and diesel cars on the road.

 

 

Food waste – don't let your food turn bad – if you can’t use it, recycle it. More tips can be found here.

 

 

Ultra-Low emission vehicles – make the swap to electric cars and bikes to reduce the number of petrol and diesel cars on the road. 

 

 

Working habits – continue the use of video-conferencing and avoid unnecessary business travel as lockdown restrictions change. It helps manage demand on public transport during the coronavirus pandemic and less travelling means fewer emissions.

 

 

Eat local, in-season foodfind out what foods are in season and when and get inspired in the kitchen

 

 

Reduce and Reuse – reduce what packaging or single use plastic you use, and share or buy second-hand items instead of new. Get tips here.

 

 

Keep cosy – make sure your home is draught proof and well insulated. You can also contact Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282 (Mon – Fri, 8am – 8pm, Sat 9am – 5pm) for free and impartial advice on how to make your home more energy efficient.

 

 

Dial it down – set your heating thermostats no higher than 19 degrees celsius and water thermostats no higher than 55 degrees celsius.

 

 

Smart swaps – swap to eco-friendly LED lightbulbs and more environmentally friendly appliances.

 

 

Heating systems – install a more energy-efficient heating system.

 

 

Have a Climate Conversation – have a discussion with colleagues, families or your communities to discuss climate change facts, the causes and effects of climate change and how you could work together to be more eco-friendly.

 

 Together we can tackle climate change.