Take climate action in Edinburgh
We all need to be willing to change the way we do things and work together in new ways to help Edinburgh become a net zero, climate ready city by 2030. The choices we make every day can lead to big reductions in emissions. There are lots of ways you can take climate action in Edinburgh.
Get clued up
Understanding your carbon footprint and using calculators, such as the WWF carbon footprint calculator, will help you discover your impact on the environment and identify where you can reduce it.
- Where possible, walk, cycle or use public transport instead of driving
- Choose holiday destinations that are closer to home
Improve energy and reduce waste
- Improve the energy efficiency of your home
- Reduce your food waste and recycle what can’t be reused
- Make things last and recycle when they can’t be reused
- Use the Edinburgh Reuse Map, to find out where you can buy second hand and fix or recycle items
- Replace meat and dairy with plant-based alternatives
Encourage plants and wildlife
- Support Edinburgh’s One Million tree project
- Make your garden as wildlife friendly as possible by growing local plants, trees and bushes which help local wildlife
- Remove paving and tarmac from private driveways and front gardens, to help reduce flooding
Actions speak louder than words
Use your purchasing power to send strong signals to businesses by choosing products and services that are more environmentally friendly. This includes choosing when possible:
- seasonal, organic, and locally grown food
- second-hand items
- low-packaged items
- goods and services from ethical brands.
There is a range of zero waste shops in Edinburgh. You can take a look at Zero Waste Edinburgh Map to identify refill shops in your area.
You can also
- use your democratic power to make your voice heard in local and national decision making
- get involved with local services, community groups and neighbours supporting the right changes when you see them. Remember to advocate for change when you don’t.
Find out more about action in your area through Edinburgh Community Climate Forum.