For those who are unfamiliar with the term climate anxiety, it is an overwhelming phycology awareness of the state of our environment. Many young people find themselves anxious, feeling stressed and worried about global warming and experts are becoming concerned about the strain that the climate crisis is having on our younger generation.
Phycologists have warned that continuous news stories on the devastation of our environment can become debilitating for many young adults mental health. When faced with a constant flow of negative information it can cause people to feel helpless. Young adults are already dealing with so many pressures in regards to their futures, the idea of potentially not having the chance to live a clean and better future is a heavy weight to carry.
We understand this pain all to well, but to reassure those experiencing such stress, we can safely say that you can combat climate anxiety and slow down climate destruction at the same time.
We created a step by step guide on how to train your mind with just five mindful tips, in order for you to consume and react to climate information in a much healthier way:
Don’t feel ashamed
When we think about doing our bit for the environment and actually taking action, we often feel proud and good about ourselves, which is great! But often when we take successful steps our minds tend to wonder, thinking; ‘I need to do more’ and ‘this isn’t enough to stop climate destruction’. It’s hard to not let our thoughts run wild, but its important that we bring our minds back and focus on the present and think ‘some steps are better than no steps at all’. It’s all about doing our bit, so don’t put too much pressure on yourself.
Protect your local area
You don’t have to sign up to a group clean up, you can organise your own or clean up your community by yourself. It’s always better to get volunteers, but whether you have ten people or just one person picking up litter in your area, you will do wonders for nature and for your wellbeing. Its been documented that being outdoors is linked to better mental health, proving green is good.
Make cut backs
Making cut backs does require some research, which can seem a huge task if what your looking for is not on the sustainable or biodegradable list. But if you’re looking, you’re trying and that’s better than nothing. Educating yourself on kinder products, ways to use more public transport, researching electric cars, is better than nothing at all. To get a good idea on everyday lifestyle choices, you can visit and follow cariuma_greentips on Instagram, they share easy green tips and can help you make better shopping decisions. It’s all about trying!
Give your home an energy health check
Controlling, reducing and especially providing your own energy can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It’s important to note that when you do invest in Solar PV, your property value can increase by £30,000!
Talk about it
Getting involved in environmental projects big or small is great and you should definitely shout about it. The more we talk green, the more people we can educate. You don’t need a megaphone, just simply promote across social media. When you share your joys, your lows, the struggles, the benefits – people will definitely appreciate hearing your experiences and will take it upon themselves to follow suit.
The reality is, you can’t control everything that happens in life. All we can do is better ourselves, learn lessons and make greener choices when we can.
With these wellbeing tips you should feel more reassured by accepting and acknowledging the fact that you’re practicing a cleaner lifestyle and are mentally healthier at the same time.
If you know someone experiencing anxiety:
This guide can certainly help those understand how to cope with stress and overcome challenges but despite how beneficial these self-help steps can be, if you’ve made consistent efforts to improve your mental and emotional health and still feel unable to function – it may be time to seek professional help. Input from a caring professional can often help us to take better care of our health:
In the UK and Ireland, Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123 or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Samaritan site: www.samaritans.org/wales/how-we-can-help/contact-samaritan/write-email/
Other international helplines can be found at www.befrienders.org
The idea of the public driving an electric vehicle over a traditional car seemed a very distant futuristic vision, but it’s happening right now! To establish the acceptance and popularity in EVs, we have created a guide that distinctly highlights EV growth, the convenience of owning an EV and how organisations and expanded infrastructure has definitely helped to support demand.
According to IEA Global EV Outlook 2020 report, 2.1 million electric vehicles were sold globally in 2019, surpassing 2018! The report also mentions that 2020 and 2021 will be the year that we start to see a more diversified menu of EVs, which will certainly push growing demand and create an even greater transition to eliminate and move away from harmful emissions. But it’s not just the general public who want cleaner air, it’s big corporations too such as Waitrose and John Lewis.
They recently announced their plans to end the use of their 4,800 fossil fuel vehicle fleet by 2030 and have also made plans to use 1,700 electric vans for deliveries in 2021. It is said to save an estimated 20,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year. It’s an exciting revelation, especially when taking into consideration the general public’s interest and growing investment into EVs as well.
With this driving demand, the growth of EV charge points has naturally improved too. The latest statistics issued by the Department for Transport suggest that EV charge points have multiplied nearly five times over in the last five years, with 18,265 public EV charging units made available in the UK. The convenience surrounding EVs is becoming quite apparent and we listed some of the positive reasons as to why:
- EV charge points can be installed in your garage or near your drive and depending on your journey, you could simply charge up at home before setting off.
- When it comes to the cost of home charging, it will vary, as it depends on the model of the car and your electricity tariff, but typically, a full charge may cost as little as £3.
- Therefore, your car could cost as little as 2p per mile to run and depending on its size, a home electric charging point can charge your car from flat to full anywhere between 1 and 7 hours, so you can simply just charge overnight.
- There are definitely more accessible charging stations dotted around the UK and to find them, you can just simply download the Zap Maps app.
- After the initial installation, you won’t need to make time to fill up, you can stay at home and save up to £1000 a year on fuel.
These incentives are reasons why EVs are growing in popularity and making the switch to electric easier than ever. The Department for Transportation have also recently proposed to add up to £1,500 to the cost of new petrol and diesel cars as a way to encourage a faster switch to EVs. This “feebate” system is certainly an effective way to drive and secure EV growth.
It is evident that the world is reacting, we are now starting to see a big change in public attitudes towards clean transportation and it is promising to see so much is being done to ensure that EVs remain on the up and the need for fossil fuel powered cars become a thing of the past.
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With more of us working hard to achieve environmental justice, it’s safe to say climate battles are certainly being won across the globe, and over the past few years we have witnessed some of the most monumental movements.
Initiating back to 2018, 15-year-old Greta Thunberg proposed school strikes around the world, encouraging millions of young adults to stand for better change. We’ve also seen some of the largest companies like Google, Apple and John Lewis recently announced their plans to go 100% green, pushing governments as well as their delivery, utility and IT sector to increase their renewable energy operations.
All of this is proof that sustainability is on the up and if you haven’t heard the latest news from the National Grid, back in July this year, reports stated that Britain’s action towards climate change will soon make us a carbon negative country by 2033. This is only thirteen years from now! What’s even more positive is that the National Grid expects a boom in renewable energy products, which is extremely encouraging for our green energy industry and we appreciate the National Grid’s extensive efforts to hit Britain’s 2050 climate targets.
For your consideration, we have put together some bullet points to keep you up to date with the UK’s mission to create a zero-carbon future. According to new research by the National Grid ESO:
- The electricity network operator set out its vision for an “emissions negative” grid that would include 30 million electric vehicles on UK roads, and 8 million heat pumps used to replace gas boilers in energy-efficient homes.
- The National Grid expects at least 3 gigawatts of new wind power capacity and 1.4 gigawatts of solar generation every year from now until 2050, alongside a widespread roll-out of electric vehicles.
- Persistent natural-gas use will be halved by 2038.
- As well, they anticipate the distribution of bioenergy which could lead to negative emissions in the power sector by 2033. (Bioenergy refers to electricity and gas that is generated from organic matter, known as biomass. This can be anything from plants and timber to agricultural and food waste – and even sewage).
Green energy systems are set to change and develop in the decades ahead and as we transition into this low carbon future, SolarCentric vow to continue to preserve our planet, guarantee quality energy products and create an informative platform to educate and inspire others to pursue cleaner energy.
With this positive and encouraging news, we’re certainly on our way to becoming a more renewable-fuelled world.
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