Thirty by 30 Challenge - The Journey so far
Updated: Dec 12, 2022
One of our committee members has been taking part in the thirty by 30 challenge.
If everyone makes small changes it can make a big difference! Read what Charles has been up to below.
The Thirty for 30 approach is to "Choose one new behaviour per year - Start where you feel comfortable. After one year, select another | Tell someone else".
As we approach the new year I want to tell you about my new behaviour for 2022 and what new behaviour I will select for 2023.
My new behaviour for 2022 was to Plant ten trees. I was fortunate in that I am a volunteer with the local Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and so all the trees and equipment were provide at a site on the south bank of the River Stour. There was training not to position the stake so that it damaged the tree roots.
My new behaviour that I have selected for 2023 is to Install a smart meter. I need to change electricity supplier next summer so as explained by the consumers’ rights publication Which?, I need a “ second-generation smart meters". This should not lose its smart functions when one switches because they’re connected to the central wireless network which all energy suppliers should be able to use”.
As for the other items I have achieved the following:-
2 meat-free days per week or low carbon meat
Reduce food waste -
Install solar PV panels
Switch electricity to only renewable sources
Lower house temperature
Replace fossil fuel car with Electric Vehicle (EV)
Replace fossil fuel car with Hybrid vehicle
High active (cycle, walking) & public transport
Cut one return flight London-Rome or Malaga
Cut one return flight medium haul to Europe
Cut one return flight London-New York or Dubai
Reduce new textiles and clothing
Recycle all plastic
Recycle all paper/card
No disposal of clothing (wear-me 30 times)
Working from home
Full part of sharing and volunteering economy
Plant ten trees (10 years to save 1.0 t)
I am yet to do the following:-
Vegan diet -
Eat only sustainable & organic foods
Only eat local food
Install heat pump for home
Renewable heating sources only
Refurbish home with best insulation
Install smart meter
Go car free
Car pooling & sharing
You can download the Thirty by 30: Cut Your Carbon Leaflet below.
You can take part in this challenge by reducing plastic milk bottles, refills, using public transport, all kinds of things that added together will help to reduce your carbon footprint
You can check your individual carbon footprint using the WWF calculator you can find here.