The following organisations and areas include useful links to help with your climate change action:
Businesses: Green Suffolk is offering free advice to businesses that are aiming to become greener and sustainable. Part of Suffolk County Councils, Creating the Greenest County initiative, they are working towards a greener future by supporting businesses and communities.
The Carbon Trust provides guidance, webinars, and reports on how businesses can be corporately sustainable, future energy systems, and how to reduce your carbon footprint.
Cycling: Cycling UK has gathered a varied list of community cycling groups and clubs around Suffolk, with maps, routes, and resources, encouraging cycling around the county.
Eco Phones Calculator: Mobile phones have an environmental impact throughout their life-cycle. O2 have created an Eco Rating Calculator so that people can evaluate the impact of their mobile phone based on the raw materials used, manufacturing process and transportation and end-of-life disposal.
Electric Vehicles: Zap Map has created a useful map showing all of the charging points in and the surrounding areas of Lowestoft
Food Waste: The Food Savvy Website is packed with lots of useful advice to help individuals reduce food waste. With Savvy developed tips, recipes, and activities for everyone to get involved with.
Friends of the Earth: Passionate about the planet? The Friends of the Earth organisation is focused on making the environment a better place. With the communities help to prevent mass extinction on millions of species across the globe and the UK.
Global Action Plan: The environmental charity, Global Action Plan, have created a simple-to-use personal pollution calculator which helps give you simple actions to do to reduce your air pollution.
Keep It Clear: In association with Anglian Water, the Keep It Clear campaign provides information on what is and is not suitable to go down our drains. With regular updates and support, find out how you can keep our waters clear.
Oxfam GB: Are you climate curious? Oxfam GB have created a short free e-book explaining exactly what causes extreme weather, how the climate crisis is affecting us all, and what you can start doing today to help people and the planet.
Recycling: Suffolk Recycling offers a variety of advice on how to recycle properly, recycle center locations, preventing and reporting fly-tipping, and learning resources for schools and communities to get involved.
Reducing plastic waste: Refill is an award-winning campaign from City to Sea to help people live with less plastic. Anyone can download the free app to tap into a global network of places to reduce, reuse and refill.
Woodland Trust: The Woodland Trust has launched a tree planting scheme to encourage local schools and communities to plant trees in their areas, the Trust supplying free trees in November and March for schools and communities.
A carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions that come from the production, use and end-of-life of a product and/or service. The gas most commonly emitted by humans, carbon dioxide and others gases, including methane, nitrous oxide, and fluorinated gases, trap heat in the atmosphere and are the biggest contributors to causing global warming. Typically, the bulk of an individual’s carbon footprint will come from humans lifestyle choices, including transportation, housing and food.
The World Wildlife Federation (WWF) has constructed a questionnaire to help you estimate your carbon footprint, offering advice, and a goal scheme for you to achieve, and reducing your carbon footprint. The planet is in crisis - from climate change to the pollution in our oceans and devastation of our forests. It's up to all of us to fix it and reduce our carbon usage, by reducing our consumption, using clean energy, or offsetting our emissions, we're investing in our long-term financial security and future.
Anglian Water is re-launching its Pollution Watch campaign with a call out to all to help us in protecting and preserving the environment across our region. The aim of the campaign is to enable them to act fast should the worst happen, or better still prevent the effect of pollution in the first place.
They would like everyone to be their eyes (and nose) and let them know if you see something that isn’t right. We need to act fast!
How to spot pollution?
The aim of the Pollution Watch campaign is to create awareness and encourage everyone to report sewage pollution so that Anglian Water can attend quickly and reduce any environmental impact.
They are asking anyone who spots this kind of pollution to take these three simple steps
• Act Fast
• Provide key details - time, location, and conditions in the surrounding area
• Take photos (where possible)
You can let Anglian Water know by calling them at any time on 0345 714 5145, messaging them on their social media channels, or reporting it to them online at anglianwater.co.uk/tell-us
We need to ensure that our activity does not contribute to environmental pollution. Anglian Water has multiple programmes of work to prevent spills, ongoing maintenance to regularly check and repair pumps and pipes and their Keep It Clear programme, which encourages people not to flush items or pour food, fats, oils, and greases down sinks. This kind of waste blocks pipes and systems and 80 percent of pollution incidents are caused by these avoidable blockages. Pollution Watch is an additional way of monitoring our region and it’s just one activity in Anglian Water's Pollutions Incident Reduction Plan that outlines their commitments to reducing pollutions.