Saving the planet doesn’t have to be hard.

Doing our bit to help the planet is becoming more important than ever, but for us students it’s hard to know where to begin. The good news is that every little thing you do is a step in the right direction.

Shop smart – when you’re out shopping with your family, or buying some snacks, make conscious decisions to buy the products with the least packaging possible.

Avoid taking the car whenever possible – walk, bike, bus, lime scooter, skip, whatever. Of course it’s not always possible, but you can absolutely walk somewhere 15 minutes away instead of driving. It’s good for you, and the environment!

Throw stuff out as a last resort – recycling is always best! Clothes, books, old furniture, can all be quite easily sold or given away.

Buy less fast fashion – let’s face it, retail therapy feels great. It’s also an addiction. But it’s also super horrible for the environment, so do your best to cut down on the shopping sprees this year. Your wallet, and the Earth, will thank you.

Eat less meat – hang on, before you get mad, I’m not asking you to go vegetarian. Try just one meat-free meal a week, or even just cut down on the portion sizes.

Jump on the reusable bandwagon – yes, it’s trendy, but this is a great trend! Invest in some reusable shopping bags, a cool drink bottle, a metal straw or two, and you’ll be all set for saving the environment – and you’ll look cool while doing it.

Put your rubbish in the bin – come on guys, this is primary school stuff. As I’m sure you all know, rubbish that’s just dropped can end up in the rivers and oceans or just buried in the ground. It takes two seconds of extra effort – but it’s 100% worth it. Save those turtles, people.

Cut down on online shopping – the added impact of shipping from the other side of the world makes online shopping en masse especially bad. If and when you can, try searching for things closer to home.

Make your voice heard – industrial production and agriculture are the biggest contributors to climate change, both of which we can’t do a whole lot about as individuals. What we can do though, is make sure our voices are heard so collectively we can campaign for changes can be made.

Kate is a Year 13 student from Canterbury. She enjoys music, languages, sunny days, and a good book.

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