THAT CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
What does your ideal climate-friendly hometown look like? More active transport, more livable streets, better ways to minimize waste? Your council wants to hear from you. Submit on the plans, write to your local councillors and get in front of your council to tell them what you want to see happen.
Support youth-led and indigenous groups
Pacific Climate Warriors, School Strike For Climate and Te Ara Whatu are all doing amazing work that needs to be lifted as much as possible. Support could mean getting involved directly, sharing posts and events in your network or simply educating yourself about where they are coming from, and why the youth and indigenous climate movements are so important.
Connect with your local community
Being involved in positive change in your own community can be empowering and fun
gardens, clothes and
produce swaps, taking control of waste - every community will have its own thing going on, and you can always start something yourself!
Talk about it
There are lots of ways to make your hopes and concerns heard, and start important conversations. Tell companies what you want them to do better. Grab some chalk and take a message of climate action to the pavement (or your local playground!). Ask one
person you're close to how climate change is affecting them. Engage with others about climate change in whatever way you can think of, and see where it takes you.
Eat more plants
According to the latest
IPCC report, eating less
meat and dairy is one of
the most effective ways we can reduce our carbon emissions. Veganism isn't
for everyone and that's okay. Try aiming for 50 - 65g of meat per person per day (about 1.4 - 1.8kg per week for a 4-person family), fill your plate up with colourful veggies, learn to love
legumes and discover delicious new recipes.
Make lifestyle changes
Individual actions alone won't get us out of this mess, but they are vital to moving us forward into a sustainable future. Avoid becoming overwhelmed by focusing on one small, achievable change at a time.
Invest in reusable water bottles and containers and refuse single use plastic when out.
Aim to use your car less frequently: this resource by Auckland City Council has some great suggestions.