Doorstep Climate Action
More surprising, perhaps, is that groups that fight poverty, hunger and mental health issues are also doing their bit to combat climate change. Organisations such as New-U and the Swan Youth Project’s Re-new initiative offer clothes at affordable prices while additionally providing training opportunities for young people. But they are also putting the brakes on fast fashion, helping change the world one garment at a time by providing a place to exchange good quality used clothing, making a dent in the 350,000 tonnes of clothes that go into UK landfill each year.
Speaking of waste, did you know that 100,000 tonnes of usable food is wasted each year? Community food groups such as The Burrell Shop and Feltwell Pantry aim to redistribute food destined for the dump to provide an affordable option for those in their community whose household budgets are under constant strain. Community spaces are also key to managing pressures in people’s lives. The Diss Community Woodland Project maintains the popular walkways in the beautiful Quaker Wood, alongside activities to plant trees and maintain wildlife habitats for the benefit of the local community as well as the environment.
The UK government has committed itself to a net-zero target for 2050, and Norfolk councils have gone a step further, pledging to reach net-zero by 2030. It is in local communities, however, that the fastest shifts are happening. Their efforts are a reminder that even little things like switching to energy-efficient LED lighting or insulating our buildings better all contribute to our shared climate goals. The take-home message here is this: small changes add up. By thinking globally, and acting locally, we can all do our bit to combat the climate crisis.