10 reasons why you should get involved in 10:10:10

Healthy Planet's founder Shaylesh Patel sits on a stack of Books for Free books.

10:10:10 is a global day of positive action on climate change, linked to the 10:10 campaign aiming to reduce carbon emissions by 10% starting this year.

Carbon emissions are one of the major causes of global warming. These emissions are created when we burn fossil fuels to create energy; most of the energy is used in:

  • vehicles
  • houses
  • power stations
  • factories.

Here are 10 reasons why you should get involved in the global day of action.

1. It’s time to stand for something

You will not only be benefiting the planet, you’ll be sending out a message that we are prepared to deal with climate change. Come on! Think of it as giving something back to Mother Nature.

2. Cut the cost

Reducing the amount of energy you use not only takes a whole load off the earth, it could also reduce your monthly energy bill. Which means more money in your pocket.

3. Cleaner air – clearer mind

Air pollution is an invisible problem, but it can contribute to heart and lung problems. Road vehicles are a major source of air pollution in urban areas – they are responsible for over half the nitrogen dioxide emissions and over 75% of carbon monoxide in the UK. Using less heat and air conditioning and cutting down on car journeys will help to keep the air clean.

4. Change your life: cycle!

Why not walk or cycle to your destination? You need regular exercise to look after your personal health and well-being. Put the vehicles aside and let your legs or your bicycle be your ride. Not only will you be helping the environment, you’ll feel like a brand new person.

5. Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink

It’s easy to think that water falls from the sky or pours from a tap, but it’s one of our most precious resources. You can reduce the amount of water you use by simply taking shorter showers, only boiling the amount you need for your tea, and turning off the tap when you clean your teeth.

6. It’s all good inside

Organic food is becoming more widely available all the time in grocery stores across the world, and because it’s all-free of pesticides, herbicides and other chemical non-desirables, it’s better for you and the planet.

7. More green

Every ton of paper recycled saves 17 trees. Trees and plants are our friends. Not only do trees make the environment more pleasant to be around, they also give us oxygen. The more the trees, the better we can breathe.

8. Reducing waste creates more space

Each year in the UK, we throw away around 28 million tons of rubbish from our house. Yes, 28 million! This weighs as much as three double decker buses. That’s why it’s important we reuse materials and try not to create excess waste. Composting is a good way to reduce the amount of rubbish you produce – and it’s good for your garden too.

9. Save me

Here’s a fact. Did you know that the energy saved from recycling one glass bottle can light a 100 watt light bulb for up to for hours. So just think about how much energy we could save if we just recycle materials.

10. Make a change

This is the chance for you to make a change that benefits you and the environment. The less energy we use, the less we depend on the fossil fuels that cause global warming. And many of the choices we make for a healthier lifestyle have benefits for the health of our world too. Be part of something positive and help save the earth. If we don’t then who will?

What’s Healthy Planet doing?

This Sunday, 10 October 2010, Healthy Planet will be celebrating saving 10 tonnes of books from landfill. Instead, these books go to our Books for Free outlets where people can take them, read them and pass them on for others to enjoy.

Join us at our Kensington outlet at 208 -212 Kensington High Street on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 October to browse the books, get involved in 10:10:10 and find out more about Healthy Planet’s work. You will be joining thousands of people across the world taking simple steps to reduce their carbon emissions and sending a powerful message to world leaders that people everywhere are ready to tackle climate change.

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