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Tips for a more sustainable summer

Whatever adventures you've got planned for the coming weeks, we've got some tips to help keep your summer sustainable

Megan Hermes | 11 Aug 2021

Walker carrying their reusable water bottle

Whatever adventures you've got planned for the next few weeks, we've got some tips to help keep your summer sustainable. A new UN report this week has given the starkest warning yet about the urgency of the climate crisis – and we all have a part to play in tackling it. By making greener choices we have the opportunity to demonstrate our love for our global neighbours and for God’s creation while sending a clear message that we want decision-makers to act to build a better, fairer world. 

Tourist in your own town

The need to stay closer to home has reminded us how much there is to do and enjoy on our doorstep. Here are a few ways to enjoy your local area in an environmentally friendly way.

Take some time to take stock

While some of our regular calendar events might still be on pause, this summer could be a great opportunity to take a step back and look at which areas of your lifestyle you could adapt to live more sustainably.

Keep cool with green fuel 

Now could be a great time to look at your energy provider, check if they’re using renewable sources and, if not, consider swapping to a renewable energy provider. To find out how you can make the switch check out Tearfund’s Big Switch platform.

Keeping it clean and green this summer

If you've been spending more time at home than usual this year, you might notice that cleaning is a job that never ends! How we clean has the potential to impact the environment – from the ingredients in the products we buy and the packaging they come in to the temperature we wash our clothes at. 

Summer BBQ menu 

Introducing more plant-based meals into your diet is one of the best ways to cut your carbon footprint, and it's often a healthier choice too. Why not add some meat-free alternatives to the dinner table this summer? Lots of supermarkets now offer great meat-free BBQ options, so why not try some plant-based alternatives on the grill over the holidays – or try eating meat-free one day a week or opting for a vegetarian option whilst eating out. 

Whatever you get up to this summer, remember your actions and everyday choices make a difference – and influence those around you to take action too. This goes hand-in-hand with calling on leaders to act. Together, we can build a greener, fairer world that will help people in poverty who are hardest hit by the climate crisis.

  Megan Hermes

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