Climate change: Six everyday things you can do to help stop global warming – Sky News
Travel by car and plane less
The coronavirus pandemic proved just how much vehicle pollution adds to our carbon footprint.
During various lockdowns in 2020, UK greenhouse gas emissions fell by 8.9% – from 454.8 million tonnes in 2019 to 414.1 million – the biggest drop since records began in 1990.
Transport accounts for around a third of total emissions in Britain and toxic fumes from cars, vans and lorries cause thousands of premature deaths every year.
So opting for public transport or car-sharing to get around will help lower your carbon footprint considerably.
The government is banning any new petrol and diesel cars from 2030, but before then, if you’re able to travel by electric bus or tram – or have your own electric car – this is the best option for the planet.
Overall greenhouse gases also fell as a result of air travel being ground to a halt during the pandemic.
The aviation industry is responsible for 2% of all human-induced CO2 emissions, according to the Air Transport Action Group.
But while reducing unnecessary air travel will make a difference, climate campaign group Possible claims that a small minority of frequent flyers are the ones causing the real damage.
They say 70% of all flights in the UK are taken up by the same 15% of people, with the vast majority on higher incomes.
As a result, they want a frequent flyer levy introduced to deter people who can afford to fly more often from doing so.
Professor Collins explains that while you can electrify cars, you can’t do the same with planes. So the only way to reduce emissions from air travel is to fly less often.