With so many experts on climate change here at Imperial, many people ask us what they personally can do about it? And how does this fit into the bigger picture? We reached out to world-leading experts here at Imperial and beyond, and have developed these resources to demonstrate how you can make a difference to the climate and ecological crises, and how it could impact your own personal wellbeing.
9 things you can do to tackle climate change
While individuals alone may not be able to make drastic emissions cuts that limit climate change to acceptable levels, personal action is essential to raise the importance of issues to policymakers and businesses. Using your voice as a consumer, a customer, a member of the electorate and an active citizen, will lead to changes on a much grander scale.
9 things you can do to protect the natural world
Nature is vital to our existence. It provides the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat as well as other essential resources we need to survive. Being out in nature also has important benefits for our mental health and well-being. Nature protects us. But what can be done to protect nature?
9 things you can do for your health and the planet
All life on our planet is interconnected, so what’s good for your health is often good for the planet’s health, too. Big changes are needed to tackle the climate and ecological crises and make our planet healthier for us all. Each one of us can contribute to these changes and make a difference by working together in our communities and beyond.
Reducing demand for air travel starts at work
Laura Warwick, Research Postgraduate on the Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet Doctoral Training Partnership, discusses why flying shouldn’t be the default option when it comes to international travel.
Read more about shifting to sustainable transport.
Saving the planet, one meal at a time
Dr Neil Jennings, Partnership Development Manager at the Grantham Institute, and Lily Peck, Research Postgraduate on the Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet Doctoral Training Programme, explain how eating a more plant-based, seasonal diet can help tackle climate change, support the local economy and help us to live healthier lives.
Read more about how what you eat can help tackle climate change.
How does climate change affect our mental health?
Challenges affecting our planet also affect our minds, communities and healthcare systems, and there is growing evidence that climate change can have direct and indirect effects on mental health. Since 2020, the Grantham Institute has collaborated with the Institute of Global Health Innovation to create Climate Cares, a team dedicated to understanding and supporting mental health in the current climate and ecological crises.
Find out more about Climate Cares.