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
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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Whether you’re budding your knowledge on everything green or already a strong climate advocate, you will have ventured the idea or began to invest in renewable energy. However, you may not have considered all the elements. Do you know what products to invest in and if you’re controlling your energy management efficiently within your home or business?
SolarCentric’s partnership with SolarEdge is a great advantage for clients when looking to control energy management because they have become a real contender for those considering future integration of different products.
SolarEdge’s extensive range of products:
1. When increasing the output of a solar system, SolarEdge use their patented power optimiser technology which can be retrofitted or integrated to the solar panel with each panel individually wired to increase solar generation from the system. If you suffer from an underperforming panel you can rely on the market-leading monitoring platform which is free of charge by SolarEdge.
2. The app-based monitoring platform allows you to see your panels output on an individual panel basis, giving you additional peace of mind because you can allow remote access to your installer.
3. The SolarEdge immersion switch is another great alternative, as this product diverts all additional electricity to the hot water tank.
4. It’s also worth examining the cutting edge EV chargers which enables the charge of EVs directly from the inverter. A great option for those who don’t have EV but want to maximise their excess solar electricity.
Overall, our beneficial connection can ensure clients are getting the most out of their green energy, which is our entire objective. The high-point for SolarEdge is their significant safety features and industry-leading warranties. All of which is adding to their growing popularity with homeowners, councils, housing associations and businesses alike. A great investment for anyone buying solar with the future in mind.
Two is better than one, and battery storage is always a great way to compliment any Solar PV system. Batteries are emerging as one of the key solutions to integrate efficient carbon-neutral systems for any home or business, because when there is excess power in the property, the battery will store it ready to be used at a later date. This can really reduce your grid dependency and your electricity bill.
Batteries are paving the way towards an ozone-friendly future
As the world starts transitioning away from fossil fuels, we acknowledge and appreciate the initial stages of its invention. The first real development of batteries date as far back as 250 BC, known as the Baghdad Battery. Fast forward to the 21st century, batteries primarily powered our phones and computers but with advance technology they are now powering our cars, homes and businesses too.
It’s a great leap forward and we have certainly come a long way with the ever-growing development in batteries. With the correct battery and solar combination, you can really make a difference to the environment and enjoy an abundance of free/low-cost solar electricity, especially in the summer going into winter when solar doesn’t particularly perform as well. Now with advance technology, batteries can control the time for when you buy your energy physically from the grid which is a great function to have as lots of energy companies offer cheap night-time tariffs. Note that buying low-cost energy when carbon intensity on the grid is low is a profitable gain, a great way to control your energy cost and to reduce your carbon footprint.
Most batteries are software controlled, meaning that as technology improves, the battery does not become out-dated. This is really important as technology is moving quickly and in some parts of the UK, energy providers are already trialling different ways to use batteries. These trials include load balancing and optimising when you buy and sell energy from the grid.
Overall, these are worthy trials because wholesale energy prices fluctuate throughout the day typically increasing at peak times and reducing at night. In the future, we are likely to see a more renewable-fuelled world with supporting software that further utilises batteries.