Small steps can make a big difference
But just as everyone of us is responsible for emissions, we can all take steps to reduce our carbon footprint where possible. Turning the lights off when you leave a room, joining a car share at work, making your own sandwich instead of buying one – small actions can make a big difference when carried out on mass. You can even go a step further and swap that holiday abroad for one here in the UK.
Of course, even with the best will in the world, we can’t cut out our emissions entirely – we all have lives to lead. However, we can help to mitigate our impact with the help of nature’s lungs – trees.
Planting trees boosts nature’s ability to deal with our emissions. It’s estimated that the UK’s woods and forests store close to 800 million tonnes of carbon. The more trees we plant, the more carbon that will be absorbed and kept out of the environment.
A donation to the Woodland Trust allows you to the plant the trees needed to mitigate your personal carbon emissions. For example, a donation of just £25 could plant 25 square metres of woodland – enough to store the CO2 generated by a flight to New York.
Using a carbon calculator, you can work out your carbon footprint and then calculate the donation required to plant the trees necessary to mitigate your emissions. This could be a one-off payment to cover something like a flight, or a regular donation to cover ongoing emissions.