Can individual actions make a difference?
Each individual action is important. When one person makes a change, it raises awareness and often gives others the confidence to change their behaviour.
Greta Thunberg, a young Swedish climate activist, who has pledged not to fly, recently sailed from Plymouth, UK to New York in a zero-emissions yacht to minimise the carbon footprint of her travel. Greta was attending climate conferences and her actions helped to spread international awareness of the need to reduce carbon-emission damage to the planet.
There are actions that can make a difference. However individual actions, in themselves, are not enough.
Every little bit helps, but only a very little bit.
Sir David King, previously the Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor.
We are working to make Derby Zero Carbon. The zero-carbon target is an enormous challenge. It needs many individual actions but it cannot be achieved without policy changes that need to be made by governments, local, national and international.
Contact your MP
You can contact your MP and let them know that you are concerned about climate change. You could ask them what action is being taken or you could ask them to meet with you to discuss climate change or even invite them to a climate event.
You can find your MP on the UK Parliament website:
Join campaigning groups or initiatives
Citizen actions and campaigning groups, such as Derby Climate Coalition, have made a difference. (Contact email firstname.lastname@example.org). If you’re part of a community working to tackle climate change, visit the Everybody's talking about climate change website to get advice and practical information.
Trees for Derby is a fun initiative aiming to plant 250,000 trees – one for every resident in Derby. If you’d like to help Trees for Derby reach their goal, sign up by visiting their website.
Action for schools
Eco-Schools is the largest sustainable schools programme in the world with 19.5 million children engaged worldwide in 67 different countries. Eco-Schools helps children drive change and improve environmental awareness to achieve the Eco-Schools Green Flag award. The Green Flag Award is a visible indication of a school's commitment to Learning for Sustainability and an internationally recognised accreditation for excellence in sustainable education.
There are approximately 17,000 schools across England that are at various levels of award stages - Bronze, Silver and Green Flag. To find out more about how schools can reduce their carbon emissions and to apply, visit the Eco-Schools website.
We encourage you to talk with your friends, family and colleagues about climate change and action. Educate yourself. Share how you have helped to combat climate change.
The climate crisis and COVID-19
We are currently experiencing significant challenges from COVID-19 global disruptions and this has dominated the headlines. However, the climate emergency remains the greatest challenge of the 21st century. We have the opportunity to tackle coronavirus and climate change responses together. Information can be found in the download Climate action co-benefits toolkit. We have the solutions available to tackle the climate crisis.