Our health is deeply intertwined with the environment. According to AIA’s 5590+ report, our interactions with the planet are a factor that can lead to five non-communicable diseases, which cause 90 per cent of deaths in New Zealand.
While the Government is aiming to reach net-zero greenhouse gases (excluding biogenic methane) by 205010, we can each play our part to fight climate change from home. When we pitch in, we act as role models for our community, our tamariki, and eventually, future generations – and that can make all the difference.
There are plenty of simple and achievable ways to contribute to reducing our carbon footprint. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Walk or ride or utilise public transport. If you must drive, park a little further away and walk the rest of the way. Every little bit counts.
- Choose to rely on renewable energy wherever possible. If you’re moving or building a new house, find out how you can tap into green energy – solar is a popular option and can save you money at the same time.
- Reduce your household’s meat and dairy consumption. It’s better for your health, and you’ll help reduce the demand for livestock farming.
- Choose to buy more energy efficient products and home appliances. They have a smaller carbon footprint and can save you extra money on your energy bill too.
- Grow a veggie garden, compost your food scraps or start a worm farm.
When we care for the planet, we benefit our health. There are plenty of ways we can lower our carbon footprint, and it’s important to remember that every little bit counts.