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Scorching temperatures across swathes of Europe broke records in June as a heatwave spread up from North Africa.

Temperatures soared in the US too – with nearly one third of the population urged to stay indoors at one stage. Meanwhile Japan has been sweltering in its worst heatwave ever recorded since records began in 1875.

The World Meteorological Organisation – https://public.wmo.int/en – is warning that heatwaves are starting earlier and are becoming more frequent and more severe because of climate change. It says: “What we are witnessing today is a foretaste of the future.”

There is growing concern among many that we are simply not doing enough to protect our planet.

At last year’s COP26 climate change conference United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called for urgent action, warning that we were “knocking on the door of climate catastrophe.”

While governments prevaricate it’s easy to feel powerless as individuals.But there are things we can do to make a difference. Here are seven ways we can all do our bit to help save the planet.

1 – Lobby and spread the word

Talk to friends, family and colleagues about global warming and write to your MP. Join a climate action group. The global movement Count Us In – https://count-us-in.com/ – says 20 per cent of global carbon emissions could be cut if one billion people took action.

2 – Plant a tree

Who doesn’t love trees? We can all help give the earth’s life support system a boost by planting a tree of our own. Or we can donate to charities such as Trees for Cities – https://www.treesforcities.org – or  Woodland Trust – https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk – or any one of numerous other organisations that are out there.

3 – Volunteer with a peatland project

The planet-saving properties of trees are well-known – but peat bogs are also amazing. According to the IUCN UK Peatland Programme healthy peatlands can play a key role in climate regulation by storing carbon. Visit – https://www.iucn-uk-peatlandprogramme.org – to volunteer or to find out more.

4 – Get on your bike

Or if you haven’t got a bike try to walk more. It’s so easy to jump in the car for short journeys but anyone who is fit enough to walk or cycle can achieve so much by travelling under their own steam. Not only will you feel better and be healthier, you will also save yourself a fortune and help protect the environment.

5- Cut your energy use at home

With energy bills going through the roof this really is a no brainer. Turn down the thermostat, unplug appliances when not in use and consider improving  insulation for your home. Look up energy savings tips to cut as much as you can and do the planet a favour.

6 – Shop local

Farmers markets and local shops are a great place to buy locally produced food – helping to support communities while cutting our carbon footprints. Environmental campaigners also recommend eating more plant-based foods and less meat. According to the UN Environment Programme -https://www.unep.org/ –  around 60 per cent of the world’s agricultural land is used for livestock grazing, and too many people eat too much animal sourced food.

7 – Make green investments

If you have spare money you can make a profit and help the planet by choosing green investments – such as renewable energy technologies including wind, solar and hydropower. And of course donations are always welcomed by green charities.

If someone you know needs extra support getting around their home, then having their own stairlift installed can be life changing. At Halton Stairlifts we’re happy to provide a no-obligation quote. Speak to the team on 0800 644 7766 to find out whether a stairlift is the best solution for you.