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How can YOU (yes, you!) protect the planet?

htwohig2412htwohig2412 Posts: 125 The Mix Convert
edited August 2019 in Change The World
Hey folks!

I hope that you are all having an incredible summer so far!

I was lucky enough to visit the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (phew - long title!) on Monday, as part of the work The Mix have been doing with the British Youth Council to get young people's voices heard in government decision making. They're really keen to hear what priorities young people have around the environment and the world that we live in, and we're going to be putting together a little report for them. This will outline the action young people recommend is taken to protect our planet for the future.

It would be really cool to hear if you guys had any thoughts about what things we can do on a day to day basis to help protect the planet. If we could share those thoughts and learn from each other we would definitely make the planet a healthier place for everyone.

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!

Harry 
"I know what I have to do now, I’ve got to keep breathing because tomorrow the sun will rise. Who knows what the tide could bring?"
Cast Away


Butterfly23AbigailMillie2787

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  • PoppyBPoppyB Posts: 228 Moderator
    Oh wow that's so exciting that you got to visit DEFRA - what did you get up to while you were there? I'm very passionate about the environment, so here's a few ideas:  
    • Take public transport rather than a car when travelling
    • Use reusable water bottles for cold drinks and reusable mugs for hot drinks
    • Eat less meat (e.g. encourage your family/housemates/school/university/workplace to start 'Meat Free Mondays')
    • Recycle as much as possible and dispose of your litter
    • Put your food in tupperware rather than plastic bags
    • Purchase food that is grown locally
    • Join a local environmental group or start your own
    • Get involved in online petitions or campaigns
    • Start a compost
    • Turn off lights/electrical appliances when you leave the room
    Butterfly23Kasa2103hydrangea
  • AidanAidan Clever idiot Posts: 2,619 Boards Champion
    You can collect rain water and store it in a water butt til you want to use it

    Eat food that doesn't need cooking for too long

    Eat less meat (chicken is the best meat to eat for the planet, if you still want to eat meat, and beef is the worst)

    Wash dishes in the sink instead of in a dishwasher

    Dry clothes on the line instead of in a dryer

    Most clothes can be washed at a lower temperature and for less time (except for certain stains)

    Wear more layers or a blanket instead of turning the heating up

    Keep showers short

    Reduce your screen-time 

    Walk, cycle, use public transport, or car-share

    Have outdoor and indoor plants (most plants produce CO2 at night which will reduce your air quality if they're indoor plants, but you can keep them in jars and keep the lids on at night)

    Always bin your litter

    Pick up other litter and bin it if you can
    "Do, or do not, there is no try" <(•.•)>              
    Butterfly23L100hydrangea
  • Kasa2103Kasa2103 Posts: 4,253 The Mix Elder
    PoppyB said:
    Oh wow that's so exciting that you got to visit DEFRA - what did you get up to while you were there? I'm very passionate about the environment, so here's a few ideas:  
    • Take public transport rather than a car when travelling
    • Use reusable water bottles for cold drinks and reusable mugs for hot drinks
    • Eat less meat (e.g. encourage your family/housemates/school/university/workplace to start 'Meat Free Mondays')
    • Recycle as much as possible and dispose of your litter
    • Put your food in tupperware rather than plastic bags
    • Purchase food that is grown locally
    • Join a local environmental group or start your own
    • Get involved in online petitions or campaigns
    • Start a compost
    • Turn off lights/electrical appliances when you leave the room
    Awesome idea for meat free monday. My primary school started doing that in September 2017 (I left in July 2017.) Apparently it has gone down really well according to one girl joining my school in September (saw her on the day where you spend a day looking round the school, doing activities and meeting your form.) 
    Everyone is special in their own way. We make each other strong (we make each other strong.) We're not the same. We're different in a good way. Together's where we belong. We're all in this together. Once we know. That we are. We're all stars. And we see that. We're all in this together. And it shows. When we stand. Hand in hand. Make our dreams come true.
    Butterfly23
  • Millie2787Millie2787 🐶 💜 Posts: 3,584 Community Veteran
    Get yourself a reusable water bottle one of those metal ones that keep your drinks cold or hot that way your not wasting plastic or water because your drink will stay the temperature you want it to.

    try to walk short distances rather than using your car or getting your parents to take you not only save on emissions but also can help keep you healthy 
    Sometimes all you need is one person to believe in you , for you to begin to believe in yourself.
    Butterfly23
  • htwohig2412htwohig2412 Posts: 125 The Mix Convert
    Really cool to have your thoughts on this folks! Continue being advocates for our planet, share the awesome tips you've shared above with friends and family and we'll be onto a winner.

    Great to hear your former school have started Meet Free Monday's @Kasa2103 - let's see if others cstch on too! And it's really interesting that you mentioned composting @PoppyB, we spent a while discussing how we can remove the stigma around this.

    Love the idea of walking @Millie2787 - it sounds simple, but I'm guilty of taking the car everywhere I go! Definitely something I'm going to make an effort to do. 

    And @Aidan your plant idea is great. I'll definitely be replacing the fake plants I was planning getting for my uni desk with real ones (hopefully I won't kill them!).
    PoppyB said:
    Oh wow that's so exciting that you got to visit DEFRA - what did you get up to while you were there? I'm very passionate about the environment, so here's a few ideas:
    So we basically spent the day chatting with government decision makers about environmental issues and how their messaging can get through to young people. For instance, someone aged 15-31 is the most likely to waste food (costing an individual on average of £200+ a year!) and 16-25 year olds are the most likely to litter. DEFRA wanted some advice on how to get through to young people about the environmental impact of their everyday lifestyle choices, and to get the message across that the environment is much bigger than just climate change. 

    Hope that makes sense! Any more questions feel free to ask away!
    "I know what I have to do now, I’ve got to keep breathing because tomorrow the sun will rise. Who knows what the tide could bring?"
    Cast Away


  • DurhamjaideDurhamjaide County Durham Posts: 171 Helping Hand
    Recycling
    Re use carrier bags 
    only use paper straws 
    swicth lights of 
    dont litter
    send stuff to the charity shop 

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