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Change your lifestyle

Many small changes make a big difference

You may not be able to single-handedly stop deforestation, clear the plastic from the ocean or rescue the coral reef, but every small positive action you can do will add up to make a big impact. 

  • Switch off the lights when you leave the room

  • Ride a bike or walk instead of taking a short car journey

  • Insulate your home (you'll benefit immediately)

  • Choose energy efficient products

  • Plan your shop - use a weekly meal menu

  • Reduce, reuse refill and recycle

The list goes on...

Find out what impact your actions can have by using the WWF carbon calculator tool.

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First step? Food.

According to a University of Oxford study, if everybody cut meat and dairy from their diet there could be…

  • A 49 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from food production. (The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations claims that livestock is responsible for a whopping 14.5 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions.)

  • A 76 per cent reduction in land used for food production (67 percent of deforestation for agriculture, which causes carbon to be released into the atmosphere, is driven by the need for land for animal feed and pasture.)

  • A 49 per cent reduction in eutrophication, where nutrients from fertilisers run into lakes and rivers, damaging ecosystems and reducing biodiversity.

  • A 19 per cent reduction in fresh water withdrawals weighted by local water scarcity. Water production, which includes extraction, transportation and filtration, is energy intensive.

Take a look at our recipe ideas for inspiration on how easy it is to cut out meat and dairy from your everyday meals.

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