Resident guide to action on the climate crisis
Climate change is a global issue and the response needs everybody working together. At Lewisham Council, we are working hard to reach our ambition of net zero emissions by 2030, but much of the borough’s emissions are not within the direct control of the council.
What can we all do to help?
1) Use your voice
Using your voice to campaign for change is vital. Policies and business strategies are often shaped by popular demand, and democratic elections determine which policies become reality. That’s why lobbying locally and nationally to make the shift towards a decarbonised economy is crucial. You can make your voice heard in multiple ways:
- Write to your political representatives or visit them in surgery to find out what they are doing to protect future generations from polluted air, unsafe roads and dangerous weather events.
- Lobby your political representatives about ending fossil fuel use.
- Find out how your MP votes with regards to policies that protect the environment, and vote for one that champions them. Register to vote.
- Join a citizens’ organisation to campaign on a larger scale. Some examples are Greenpeace UK, Friends of the Earth and Climate Action Lewisham.
- Sign petitions that demand environmental protection and contribute to consultations on developments in your local area.
- Vote with your wallet. Show your support for products and services that prevent and reduce waste and carbon emissions.This sends a message to businesses that there is demand for eco-friendly and resource efficient products and services.
2) Reduce your environmental impact
If you are looking for practical suggestions for action on the climate emergency then you probably already know that reducing your environmental impact doesn’t have to mean doing less: it can be a way to feel healthier, save money and be more connected to your local area.
- Look into energy efficiency to reduce your energy use. SELCE also offer advice on reducing energy use and renewable energy. This can save you money on energy bills too.
- Try active travel such as walking and cycling. Check out the support from Sustrans too. Consider also taking the train instead of flying with a wealth of advice from the man in seat 61.
- Try eating a planet friendly diet – which can be healthier! You can see how much carbon your favourite foods emit and The Grantham Institute also has this useful article on the subject.
- Reduce your waste – check out our recycling pages and our zero waste guide. Climate Action Lewisham also provide lots of essential guidance on recycling as well as other aspects of sustainable lifestyles.
- Help plant more trees in the borough, or join in other planting groups.
- Measure your carbon footprint using the WWF calculator or Giki Zero, which even allows you to measure as a household. Why not ask your family to join in?
3) Talk about what you have done or plan to do, by getting involved in our climate campaigns:
Be part of the Lewisham Climate Conversation!
It can be difficult to know where to start when it comes to climate change.That’s why we’ve launched the Lewisham Climate Conversation campaign - which highlights some simple steps you can take to get the conversation started and how you can make changes in your everyday life that will have a significant impact on the future of our planet.
You can get involved by:
- Downloading our Climate Conversation guide and having chats with your friends, schoolmates, colleagues, neighbours and family about what actions you can all take to help create a greener future.
- Sharing a climate pledge on our virtual board to help inspire others to take action.
- You can also share your climate pledge on Twitter using the hashtags #climatecuppa and #climatechat and tagging @LewishamCouncil.
Share our resources
You can share our free, downloadable resources for use in your workplace, community or on your social media channels - helping to raise awareness of how to become more environmentally-friendly.