What You Can Do Info

Can we make a difference? The truth is we already are.

Collectively we are changing the face of the Earth, with human activity removing natural vegetation, polluting ecosystems and changing the weather through our contribution to climate change. The good news is that we can change the way we make a difference by changing the way we live and work, changing the products we buy, reducing our negative impacts on the planet and getting involved in efforts to restore the natural environment.

It’s easier than most people think. A lot of our environmental impacts come through wasteful consumption, so there is ‘fat’ that can easily be trimmed from our lifestyles, without giving up all our creature comforts.

This section Cool Person and resident sustainable living expert Tanya Ha shows you what you can do to put your lifestyle in better balance with the natural environment. The focus is on 4 areas where you can make a difference:

Energy looks at how we use energy in our lives, how this contributes to global warming (through our ‘carbon impact’) and how we can cut the carbon emissions from our lives.

Water looks at how we can work towards the more sustainable use this precious resource by conserving water and looking at alternatives to tap water.

Waste & materials explores the idea of ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ so that we can make better use of our material resources and avoid sending waste to landfill.

Eco-health looks at how working towards a healthier planet can also mean a healthier home. In this section you will find out about environmental considerations that are linked to human health, and get useful tips to make your home a healthier place to live.

Click on the links to find out more about how you can get better eco-living habits. This section looks at what you can do. The find out why greener living and product choices are important, have a look at the Eco Issues section of this site.