What is climate change?
Climate change means the long-term shift in average conditions and weather patterns across the world - this can include changes in temperature and rainfall.
The Earth’s surface is warming – but that doesn’t just mean sunny weather. Unfortunately higher temperatures mean sea levels are rising, there are fewer glaciers, ice is melting at a faster rate, floods are more common and there are changes to plants and flower blooming times.
Global temperatures have risen around 2 degrees (Fahrenheit) over the past 100 years, which is leading to serious consequences for plants, animals and humans.
What can we do to help?
Many of our everyday activities release greenhouse gases, such as heating our homes and running a car. These gases get trapped in the Earth’s atmosphere, and warm up the planet.
The good news is we can all do our bit to fight climate change.
Things you could do:
- reducing food waste by only buying what you need, using up leftovers and freezing extra food before it goes off.
- not buying items which have lots of extra packaging
- reusing items where possible rather than throwing them away eg buy a reusable cup rather than getting a disposable cup or bottle each time you buy a drink
- try not to use your car for short journeys where you could walk or ride your bike/scooter
- put on a jumper / extra clothing at home before switching on your central heating
- recycle as much as possible of your waste at home. In Surrey Heath our partners JWS and Amey help people to recycle as much as possible from plastic to cardboard and metal, to food waste, old clothes, batteries and small electrical items. Find out more about on our Kid Zone recycling webpage.
- encourage everyone in your family to make sure they don’t throw away items that could be recycled – every little helps!
- remind your grown up to take reusable shopping bags when you go to the shops, to reduce the use of single use plastic bags.