As the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) gets under way this week, I am delighted to see that the BBC has ramped up its reporting on climate change to help raise awareness of what needs to be done.

I know that for some people this may trigger a bit of eco-anxiety, however for me I find that the best way to deal with this is to take action.

So if you are looking for some inspiration, today’s article highlights some of the most important things that we can do to make a difference.

1. Insulate you home/Save energy

2. Cut out food waste and cut down on red meat

3. Drive less, fly less

4. Think before you buy

I have written many posts about these topics already.

However here are a few new tips to add:

1. Wearing slippers! This really does help me to feel warmer so that I don’t feel the need to turn the heating up unnecessarily. I have just bought these lovely Fairtrade, natural slippers from…/egos-felted… that will hopefully last me longer than my usual cheap supermarket ones..

2. Having an ‘Eat me First Shelf’ in my fridge helps my family to know what needs to be eaten first to avoid wastage.

3. I carefully consider and plan my car journeys so that I don’t make unnecessary trips and I also now challenge myself to try not to drive if I can walk it in 15 mins.

4. It really does take a lot of will power to change purchasing habits, however I find that that avoiding temptation and impulse purchases is the key for me. I can no longer casually browse the shops like I used to as the temptation is just too great!

I am encouraged by the strong messages that are coming out of COP26 so far however what we really need is action. So whilst I am keeping my fingers crossed that our world leaders have what it takes to make it happen I will also be continuing to push myself to make my own changes as we all have our part to play and there really is no time to waste.