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Resident guide to action on the climate crisis

Find out what simple steps you can take to help tackle climate change

Climate change is a global issue and to solve it will need everybody working together. At Lewisham Council, we are working hard to reach our target of net zero emissions by 2030. However, much of the borough's emissions are not within the direct control of the council, and this is where you come in.

What can you do?

Join the Lewisham Climate Conversation!

Talking about climate change and what actions we can take in our daily lives is a key part of addressing the climate emergency - but sometimes it can be difficult to know where to start. 

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 big impact on the future of our planet. 

You can get involved by: 

What can you pledge to do? 

There are lots of ways you can help tackle climate change and reduce your carbon footprint, including: 

Get involved in our #TalkingMyLanguage campaign

Having open and meaningful conversations about climate change with our friends, families and neighbours plays a big part in raising awareness of the issues that we - and our planet - are facing. 

The best way to make a conversation meaningful is by making connections.  With over 170 languages spoken in our borough, there’s a whole world of experiences of being greener out there: thrifty little life hacks, environmental ideas and phrases that sum up the pleasure to be found in nature. We’d really love to hear them. 

Our #TalkingMyLanguage campaign aims to build a ‘sustainable dictionary’ jam-packed with words and phrases about sustainable living from across the globe and here in Lewisham. Can you think of a term, word or phrase from your home country or region that relates to climate issues like food waste, nature and green spaces?

Empower yourself

A good place to start is the Grantham Institute’s ‘9 things you can do about climate change’

Otherwise, it’s easier to take action from a place of understanding - find out more about the climate crisis by checking out this UN summary or you might be interested in this reading list.

If you feel you have a good understanding of the climate emergency already, why not test your knowledge with this climate literacy quiz?

Measure your CO2 consumption

You can do this for yourself as an individual using the WWF website or for your business or organisation using the Carbon Disclosure Project website.

The web platform Giki Zero is also a fun way to measure your climate impact as well as making suggestions for how you can reduce it, and even allows you to compete in teams.  Why not introduce this to your workplace or family?

Measuring your carbon footprint is a really insightful way to learn about the impact of your lifestyle and can act as a useful springboard to make changes.