Make your Climate Change pledge
Basildon's Climate Change Action Plan is our effort to make the Basildon borough net-zero carbon by 2050. As part of that we are asking residents and local businesses to consider taking positive actions of their own.
Making your pledge won't just have an impact on climate change - it can help you to save money, improve your health, and some may lead you to have more enjoyment too.
Our pledges cover choices that we make across our everyday lives and are separated into four categories: Buildings and Energy, Waste, Sustainable Transport, and Green Energy.
These are long term changes you can make, not just for this month. More information about each pledge can be found below.
Make your climate change pledge now
There are lots of small changes you can make around the home that can save you a noticeable amount of money on your bills, as well as reduce your energy consumption and your impact on climate change.
Make a pledge to put a lid on your pots and pans when cooking- It takes half the time to heat a pan of water to boiling point with the lid on.
Make a pledge to wash your clothes at 30c - Washing your clothes at 30C, will save you money and is cuts CO2 emissions.
Make a pledge to take shorter showers - Taking shorter showers can reduce your homes carbon footprint.
Make a pledge to swap to energy-saving lightbulbs - Energy saving light bulbs use less energy and reduce the carbon footprint of your home.
Make a pledge to turn off and unplug appliances instead of leaving them on standby - Want to save £40 on your electricity bill?
Make a pledge to turn down your heating, even by 1C to help - 19% of the UK's greenhouse gas emissions come from warming up the places we live and work.
Make a pledge to turn down the heat in your home- Reducing your heating by 1C can result in a £150 saving per year for the typical home.
Make a pledge to hang washing out to dry instead of tumble drying- Drying laundry on the washing line instead of tumble drying can save 90kg of carbon per household per year. Plus, you'll save money!
During the first lockdown many people found a renewed interest and appreciation for wildlife and local outdoor spaces. By converting concrete into greenery, creating suitable havens, and providing food, wildlife living near you can thrive.
Trees are not just beautiful, they help to make Basildon a cleaner, greener and carbon neutral place to live for future generations. It's such a simple solution but planting new trees and protecting our mature trees can absorb some of the carbon from the atmosphere, as well as absorbing air pollution, offering protection from extreme weather like heatwaves and floods.
Make a pledge to grow some vegetables or fruit - Whether it's salad in a window box, fruit bushes in the flower beds or herbs in a sunny spot, growing your own may save you money and help avoid emissions from transporting food to supermarkets and plastic packaging.
Make a pledge to create a wildlife haven and make food available to encourage wildlife - Installing a bird box, bee hotel or a dead-wood pile helps create habitats for many creatures. Wildflowers and bird feeders will help to attract more wildlife to your neighbourhood.
Make a pledge to create your own green space - Add pot plants to your windowsill or balcony, help to filter carbon dioxide from the air we breathe.
Make a pledge to join a local volunteering group and help with litter picks and/or tree planting projects - During the first lockdown many people found a renewed interest and appreciation for wildlife and local outdoor spaces.
Make a pledge to help green up public spaces by watering a street tree - Young street trees can suffer from a lack of water. Water young street trees near your home helps them to thrive for many years to come.
Get active and enjoy the outdoors. Walking and cycling improves your fitness, helps to make you happier and is low cost.
Reducing the number of car journeys not only reduces carbon emissions, but it also reduces congestion and air pollution making the borough a healthier and more pleasant place to live.
Make a pledge to walk, cycle or use public transport on my journey to work at least once a week - Walking or cycling to work for just one day a week will help to improve your fitness, and make a postive impact on air pollution. It may end up feeling like a nice change once you're into it too!
Make a pledge to walk, cycle or take public transport when popping to the shops - If only going out to get a few items, walking to the shops will improve your fitness and allow you to experience all the benefits that spending time in the outdoors can bring.
Make a pledge to look into cycle to work schemes with my employer - This is an effective way to both save money on your travel costs, and get a great bike for a discounted price. With the scheme, you are likely to save up to 25-39% and you can also spread the cost over monthly payments.
Make a pledge to share your journey with a friend/colleague who's doing a similar trip (carpooling) - Saving you money in travel and fuel costs, plus reducing the amount of carbon emissions going into the air.
As we start eating, drinking, and shopping on the go more with the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions, it's a good time to think about how we can cut back on waste. Not only to reduce the amount of waste generated in Basildon, but also reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the production, transportation, use and disposal of the things we buy and sell.
Make a pledge to compost your food waste - Each family throws out around 3kg of avoidable food waste each week, equivalent to 23.3kg of carbon emissions.
Make a pledge to freeze food before it goes bad - 12% of greenhouse gas emissions come from wasted food.
Make a pledge to use reusable shopping bags - Popping to the shops? One single-use plastic bag can take 1,000 years to decompose.
Make a pledge to visit a charity shop - Donating used goods and buying second hand will help your wallet as well as the environment
Make a pledge to invest in a reusable, refillable water bottles - Kick the bottled water habit to reduce single-use plastic
Makes pledge to say no to single use items and plastic packaging - Plastic pollution has lasting impacts on the environment, and we all have a role to play in cutting back on plastic.
Make a pledge to care for and repair items instead of throwing them away - Recycling is great, but to have the biggest effect on reducing waste, we need to cut down on the amount of stuff we buy and maintain and repair the things that still have plenty of life left in them.
Make a pledge to go meat free once a week - Meat has a big impact on the climate. It's estimated that animal products are responsible for about 13% of global greenhouse gases (that's half of all the emissions caused by the food we eat).
Make a pledge to cut back on dairy products - For the same reasons as meat, dairy impacts on our climate. Fortunately, there are now many alternatives to milk, cheese, butter, and other dairy products.
Make a pledge to freeze food before it goes bad and meal plan - 36% of black bin waste is food waste.