Council provide advice on taking the first step to tackle climate change

By Jessica Durston - 21 September 2022

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People across Swindon are getting behind Swindon Borough Council’s ‘Be the Change’ campaign which aims to help address the climate crisis.

People across Swindon are getting behind Swindon Borough Council’s ‘Be the Change’ campaign by making lifestyle changes to live more sustainably and play their part to address the climate crisis.

The council say change can begin with the everyday choices people make – big or small.

A spokesperson from Swindon Borough Council said: "Individual efforts to tackle climate change are every bit as important as political action, and we can each take responsibility for doing what we can to rethink our day-to-day behaviour and the choices we make."

The council have listed the following pieces of advice:

Try the MyBalance app

MyBalance is a new app available for your phone, which will help you measure, reduce and offset your carbon footprint. You can download the app for free via your usual app store, answer a few questions and then you’ll receive tailored tips and information to help you lower your carbon footprint and start making a difference.

Be inspired by Sustainable(ish)

Jen Gale is a mum from Wiltshire, who has built an online community called Sustainable(ish), helping normal people make small tweaks to their lives to live more sustainably in a realistic, maintainable way.

If you want to start making a difference, but aren’t sure where to start, then the Sustainable(ish) website, Facebook page, or either of her books, are probably a good place to start – covering everything from top 10 food waste tips to a beginner’s guide to compost. Just search Sustainanable(ish) on Facebook or Google.

Visit the Be the Change webpages

These are just two resources you can use to help you begin living more sustainably. There are lots of changes you can make to protect the environment, while saving yourself some money too – for example by reducing your energy use or by leaving the car at home.

Members of the public can visit the Be the Change webpages for more tools, tips and resources to help them on their way: www.swindon.gov.uk/bethechange

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