12 YEARS TO CHANGE AND 12 CHANGES TO MAKE TO TACKLE CLIMATE CHANGE
Why 12 years to change?
“We have 12 years according to climate scientists to act on climate change and global warming before the world, as we know it is lost”
8/10/2018, Will Gore, The Independent.
What can we do to reverse climate change?
We know tackling climate change can seem a little daunting, however we can all do things in our everyday lives that will collectively have a big impact. We have broken down 12 years into 12 ways we can change, ranging from food to fashion and transport to technology as it is vital to start adapting every part of our lives to a more conscious and sustainable one. So here is our tips and some of our favourite local business, many of whom are also some of our loyal customers who make that possible:
 FOOD: SUSTAINABLY SOURCED, FAIR TRADE & TACKLING WASTE
We are big advocates of buying food that is in season, sustainably and locally sourced as well as package free food as much as possible.
Organic food is not only great for the planet, it’s also great for your health – reducing the impacts of pesticides, GMO’s and chemicals on our eco systems and our bodies.
Fair Trade supports better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.
Buying locally sourced food not only reduces food miles and our carbon footprints, but also supports local farms and businesses. It also saves you money as food in season is cheaper than importing out-of-season fruit and veg from abroad.
Package and plastic free shopping from bulk stores and markets is the best way to reduce single use packaging waste, and you can use re-fillable produce bags or paper bags when you can. It also means you can get the exact quantity you want, whilst also avoiding waste!
Another way you can reduce food waste is using and supporting schemes like the Real Junk Food Project and Fair Share Sussex who tackle food waste by putting surplus to good use.
We also recommend making the most of the Refill campaign – which allows you to refill your water bottle for free at any of the locations that have signed up. Just look out for the stickers around Brighton!
We recommend these sustainable food swaps in Brighton and Hove:
HarrietsOfHove, InfinityFoodsRetail, Brighton and Hove Food Partnership, FareShareSussex, WasteNotShop, Hisbe, Refill Campaign, Too Good To Go App, Brighton Gin
 CLOTHING: PROMOTING ETHICS, SUSTAINABILITY AND LONGEVITY
The textile industry is the 2nd most polluting in the world. In order to change the situation we need to ungergo a collective mindset shift towards clothing and the way we shop. In the words of Vivienne Westwood “buy less, choose well and make it last” .
Fast fashion is built on unsustainable practices which have a huge impact on the environment and people across the globe. It uses up many of our precious resources and causes far more than it’s fair share on pollution. It also encourages us to buy more clothing than we need, at prices which aren’t fair or sustainable.
We encourage you all to elongate the life of your clothing, taking it to local repair shops such as Brighton Repair Cafe or mending things yourself. Clothes swaps are a great way of refreshing your wardrobe at no cost to you or the environment. Buying second hand is another great alternative to buying new from harmful fast-fashion brands.
If you need to buy a new item of clothing, look for durable clothing made from sustainable materials, from brands and shops that aim for zero waste and give their workers fair conditions and wages such as here at FAIR.
We recommend these sustainable fashion brands and resources in Brighton and Hove:
TheFairShop, Preloved of Brighton, Brighton Repair Cafe, LoveThatStuff, Smarter-Uniforms, Vintage and Secondhand shops, The Revival Collective, Lucy&Yak, Flock, The Zipyard, Ayten Gasson, Fold. You can also find more local sustainable fashions shops on Revival Collective’s Ethical Fashion Map of Brighton
 ENERGY: SOURCES FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY
Energy plays a big role when it comes to global warming and it’s important to opt for energy from renewable resources over fossil fuels coal, oil and natural gas wherever you can. We are overloading our atmosphere with CO2 and other emissions contributing to global warming.
These gases act like a blanket, trapping heat, resulting in harmful impacts on our environment from stronger, more frequent storms, to drought, sea level rise, and extinction of species across the globe. Fossil fuels omit a huge amount of carbon dioxide into our atmosphere when they are burnt, contributing to global warming.
Fossil Fuels are also non-renewable which means that they will eventually run out.
From wind turbines to solar panels, there are many businesses out there that are championing cleaner, greener and renewable sources of power and energy that don’t come at the cost of our planet and have a much lower environmental impact than conventional energy technologies.
Check out these alternatives for greener energy for your home and business:
 TRANSPORT: LOW CARBON EMISSIONS
It might not always be possible but whenever you can, try to walk, use public transportation, cycle, or car share rather than driving.
There are plenty of second hand bikes out there in very good condition and at a low price, or take advantage of the BTN Bike shares that are scattered around the town. Biking not only is a cheap way to travel, it also reinforces the cardiovasulcar system, and above all: you are never stuck in traffic jam when biking, and you can cycle at your own pace!
In case you can’t cycle because you are living too far away from your work place or you have to many things to carry on, there might be a bus nearby that could take you there. It even gives you time to read, work, or just enjoy doing nothing after a hard day of work.
If you are thinking about a short trip do a different city for the weekend, why not share a car with someone on the same commute? It allows you to divide the cost of the the trip and you could even end up making some new friends!
Check out these sustainable transport swaps in Brighton and Hove:
 COMMUNICATION & TECHNOLOGY
Electronical devices are produced by using methods that often do not respect human rights (child labour, slavery and forced work) and that are harmful for the environment. The materials that are used include aluminium, gold and cobalt that are non renewable materials and which extraction is often associated with violent conflicts.
You can take action by keeping your electronic devices as long as they last and repair then whenever it is possible.
Instead of buying them new and supporting the demand for these items, you could also buy them second hand or refurbished. Refurbished devices usually come with a guarantee.
However, if you want to buy a new phone without harming the environment and the workers, the Fairphone is a great alternative as all of its components can be replaced, thus, making it last longer.
Phones are not the only issue. Did you know that sending an email of 1Mo produces 15g of CO2? These days, it is almost impossible not to use the internet, but there are great projects that transforms your internet searches into trees or into money for local projects around your town.
Check out these alternatives for greener communications:
 SUSTAINABLE GIFTS
The most sustainable gifts are the ones that focus on experiences rather than physical gifts. Before thinking about buying something, why not consider offering time to your loved ones and activities that you do not usually do together instead.
However, physical gifts can also be a great option especially when you choose gifts that are sustainably and ethically or encourage peope to be more environmentally friendly in their practices.
Many items such as the jewellery and stationary sold at FAIR are handmade, with love, by inspirational people. By choosing to shop and give your money to them you are giving a gift with a story behind it and helping people around the world make a living from their craft.
It’s nice to treat our loved ones but also share some values that are meaningful for you, for them and for the planet.
You can also opt for practical presents too, does your loved one need anything? A re-usable coffee cup, a water bottle, a new pair of socks?
Instead of wrapping presents with plastic or paper that will be immediately sent to landfill, you could buy a lovely piece of fabric that could then be reused as a gift wrap or transformed into a headband for example, or reuse materials that you already have at home.
We recommend these sustainable swaps when gift shopping in Brighton and Hove:
 RE-USE AND RECYCLING
Before looking for new goods, why not check that there aren’t any out there already that could be reused? Not only will this help us cut down on harmful emissions, use less of our planets resources and reduce the amount going to landfill, it will also save you money too.
There are lots of Facebook groups out there where people buy, swap and sell second hand goods. You can also use websites like Freegle, Gumtree or ebay or go in person to Emmaus and Shabitat.
Even if something is broken, there are schemes like The Repair Cafe who will help you repair it.
Unfortunately we can’t recycle a huge amount in our street recycles bins in Brighton & Hove and won’t be able to any time soon because of age old contracts that can’t be changed. You can find out what can and can’t be recycled on the council’s website.
However, there are lots of things that can be recycled locally. The Green Centre are at The Open Market every Wednesday or you can sign up with schemes like Magpie who take things like plastics packaging and even old clothes and shoes.
You can also attend local clothes swaps too and trade your old clothes for new.
Check out these sustainable resources for recycling and re-using in Brighton and Hove:
Another area we can all choose to make sustainable swaps is the places where we choose to spend our time socialising with our friends or even taking time out for ourselves.
Whether it’s a cafe, bar or restaurant there are businesses out there who are pioneering sustainablity and reducing their environmental impact.
Thanks to the Plastic Free Pledge lots of businesses have started making steps to reduce their single use plastic by banning plastic straws
There are also lovely bars, restaurants and cafes that use local and ethically sourced ingredients, have sustainable practises in place on site, work to reduce waste and choosing to serve mostly plant based dishes.
Check out these amazing sustainable venues to socialise at in Brighton and Hove:
 COMMUNITY PROJECTS TO GET INVOLVED WITH
There are lots of local community projects that everyone can get involved with from organic vegetable and flower growing, making eco bricks, beach cleans, repairing, cooking and using your PR or marketing skills.
There is even Extinction Rebellion if direct action is more your cup of tea. Collectively we can make a big difference, starting with our close communities spreading our sustainable practises far and wide.
If you have some free time and would like to get involved in meaningful projects and meet people who share the same values, volunteering can make a a big difference to organisations who are doing amazing things.
Check out these amazing community projects to get involved with in Brighton and Hove:
 FURNITURE, HOMEWARE & HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS
Household cleaning products are often very harmful not only to the environment but also to your own health due to the amount of chemicals they contain! If you followed the 10 previous tips you don’t want to ruin your efforts by bringing lots of chemicals into your house. There is also plenty of refill shops to prevent you consuming ,ore single use packaging!
The increasing popularity of second hand and vintage furniture, not only does it allow you to find that rare antic drawer that will add a great touch of style to your interior. But it has probably also already gotten rid of its chemical particles from the wood treatment, the polish, etc. and can be cheaper than buying new.
Check out these addresses for environmentally friendly furniture and household products:
 BEAUTY AND CARE
We are big advocates of using natural beauty products and toiletries that are better for our bodies and our skin and also respect the environment.
Some beauty products contain synthetic chemicals that pass into our water systems having great effects on our eco-systems.
Not only does this refer to beauty products we buy in shops but also the products used by businesses like hairdressers. Hairdressing products can be really aggressive to your skin, your scalp and the environment.
Below are a list of hairdressers who use natural products to take care of you and the planet. We’ve also included some of our favourite local businesses.