Low carbon living: Advice note for CIWEM members

Energy & Climate Change

CIWEM has published an advice note for members on how various changes in everyday life can achieve different emissions reductions. Lead author Andrew (Eddie) Robinson provides an introduction.

Living well doesn’t have to cost the earth, or lives

Imagine a future where you’re healthier, communities thrive, there’s better air quality and nature flourishes. In as little as 11 minutes discover how you can do your bit to generate these benefits of low carbon living.

There’s information on trajectories for net zero, low-cost steps, staying motivated, helping others, nudging governments, and dealing with difficult narratives. The advisory note profits from reviews by CIWEM’s Climate Change specialist panel. Its Chair, Adam Hosking, remarks “Overall, I think this is a great resource and should be a go-to for membership”.

The resource distils knowledge from several scientific reports and trusted websites. This includes a 2022 report by the House of Lords Environment and Climate Change Committee – In our hands: behaviour change for climate and environmental goals.

While at least 60% of the necessary UK emission reductions rely on public involvement, it’s essential that our governments establish a fairer system to enable net zero sooner. There’s a role for everyone, everywhere, all at once.

“Nothing is impossible if one applies a certain amount of energy in the right direction” (Nellie Bly)

To read more about the Advice Note and download the document, click here.

Andrew (Eddie) Robinson is Chair of CIWEM's East Anglian Branch.

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