BioLogiQ’s Learning Centre is being developed as a portal of online resources to inspire and educate people to connect with and become stewards of the amazing natural world around us. To do this we encourage children and adults of all ages to undertake positive environmental activities against habitat destruction and pollution and for biodiversity by means of positive, educational experiences in and about the environment.
Positive environmental activities feed into greater sustainability awareness, that is how we can “meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.
Unlike other animals as humans we have the power to create or destroy our environment. Our Earth is the source of everything we need for a healthy productive life but what we do determines whether we are regenerating our planet home or degrading it. Actions at all levels matter, from what we do in out own backyards to the products we consume to the policies we support. Taking positive actions is the best way to counter despair and move towards a brighter better future with an abundance of resources for everybody.
There are many many ways to reduce your carbon footprint. Information from calculating your carbon footprint highlights the appropriate changes that will help reduce it. Broadly speaking organisational strategies should follow the energy management hierarchy as illustrated below with efficiency (prevent wastage /reduce energy use) at the top followed by installation of onsite renewable energy then support offsite renewable energy projects and lastly, buying carbon offsets.
- Buy fresh, locally grown foods to reduce fuel and energy usage.
- Reduce your meat consumption.
- Wear vintage or recycled clothing to keep fabric out of landfills.
- Choose a fuel-efficient vehicle and keep it well-maintained.
- Use other means of transportation to reduce emissions.
- Insulate your home to make it more efficient.
- Install renewables such as solar thermal or photovoltaic panels or purchase clean energy to power your home.
- Choose energy-efficient appliances when you’re buying them.
- Replace incandescent light bulbs with LED bulbs.
- Turn off electrical devices, appliances, and lights when you aren’t using them.
- Set your water heater to 120 °F (49 °C) to save energy
- Wash your clothes in cold water to use less energy.
- Install low-flow showerheads to use less hot water.
- Use an online carbon calculator to find your carbon usage
- Plant native trees and shrubs if you have a garden to help absorb CO2
- Buy carbon offsets if you can’t go completely carbon neutral
- Support climate protection projects or projects that protect natural habitats (bogs, forests, etc.) that you like