In Physics at school, most of us learn that nothing can be more than 100% efficient! And in life that you can't get out more than you've put in. But heat pumps are up to 400% efficient, which is why they are so efficient at heating our homes and such a great way of combatting climate change. And one of the reasons I love them! So how do they work and how are they so efficient? Read on...
8-10% carbon emissions are caused by wasted food according to the UN. Of the 17% of food wasted globally, 61% of this is at home, so you can make a difference.
You want to make it as easy as possible to avoid wasting food. Have a look through the suggestions below to see if you can pick out one thing you'd like to try – choose something straightforward and look for an easy win. You'll be amazing how quickly you'll pick up more!
Here are some ideas you can try to make your clothing as sustainable as you can: from buying fewer clothes, looking for second-hand, and ideas for when they've gone beyond rewearable! Pick something easy to try first! What will you choose?
On Saturday I was excited to be at the Boughton's 3rd Wildlife Day focussed on Butterflies and Bees talking about Gardening for Butterflies and Moths. The churchyard, which is a beautiful wildflower meadow looked incredible – full of flowers and insects and life! There were lots of interesting stalls at the event including Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trusts and lots of children's activities, with leaf printing butterflies and bees made from pine cones. The tea and cakes provided were delicious!
It was glorious weather for the Sustainability Family Fun afternoon in Byfield and the event was buzzing (literally in places!). It was lovely being outside and there were so many wonderful stalls and fun activities to inspire and entertain, lots of exciting conversations and interesting discussions around climate change. The atmosphere was amazing and so many people came to join in the activities, learn and have fun relaxing in the sunshine! We are so grateful to everyone involved: those who came along to join in, and especially to those who came and set up a stall, or helped us set up, put away or with logistics!
On Wednesday evening at 7.30pm I gave a talk on Gardening Sustainably to Boddington and District Gardening Association in Boddington Village Hall. The committee were lovely helping me set up and India was fantastic with her support and problem-solving (as always!). I felt nervous and excited to have the opportunity to talk about ways to be more sustainable in the garden. I was thrilled that over 40 people came to the talk – it gave me such a boost that it was a popular topic.
So on Sunday morning I set off down to London with my family to Unite to Survive at The Big One – Extinction Rebellion’s non-violent direct action against Climate Change. The train journey wasn’t terribly straightforward, but mostly due to user error (forgetting the credit card we’d booked on and discovering we’d actually booked for next weekend!). Having, finally, made it to Parliament square it was very busy (a good thing!), but everyone we met was really friendly and lovely in directing us to the right place and letting us know what was on and fun things the kids could get involved in. And stickers, which immediately boosted the kids!