How To Save The World

15 ways to take climate action courtesy the CEO of the WWF

Words: Morne du Plessis | Illustrations: Bennett Atkinson

We don’t inherit the earth from our parents, we preserve it for our children. One way to do this is to think about our impact on the earth. The world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment and its protection – Earth Hour (www.earthhour.org.za) – does this by encouraging us to take the power back. This year’s turn off takes place from 8:30 – 9:30pm on Saturday 19th March, and is an act that symbolises unity and a common desire for change. This pledge to play our part and protect our environment by reducing the effects of climate change is hopefully the start of other small steps that can cumulatively make a big difference. If you don’t know where to start, fret not, CEO of WWF, Morne du Plessis, has come up with 15 ways to take climate action.

1. Use less fuel by walking, cycling or using public transport where possible – it’ll probably save you a fortune on gym fees too.

2. Cut down your food waste. WWF’s recently completed beef life cycle analysis found that the production of one kilogram of steak requires 2 000 litres of water!

3. Buy seasonal and local instead of imported goods or, hey, why not grow your own?

4. Say cheers to green wine by supporting WWF Conservation Champion wine estates. 

5. Buy a home energy monitor and place it in the kitchen where it’s always visible – you’ll be amazed how your behavior changes when you can see what’s driving up your bill.

6. Buy energy-efficient appliances and light bulbs, and use electricity wisely.

7. Turn off appliances at the wall. Cell phone chargers, shavers and electric toothbrushes all use power when plugged in.

8. Become a SASSI consumer by buying green-listed fish.

9. Put separate containers for paper, glass and plastics in your kitchen or garage and start dividing your waste.

10. Create beauty through upcycling. The options are limitless, let your imagination take flight.

11. Think before you buy; it’s better not to consume raw materials.

12. Walk up the stairs instead of using the lift.

13. Make your own planet-beautiful fashion statement; hem your skirts, dye your shirts and swap with friends!

14. Go solar and save your wallet from skyrocketing electricity costs.

15. Warming the ol’ geyser is your biggest home energy user – save 40% on your usage by switching off during the day and reducing the temperature particularly in summer.