The 22nd of September is Car Free Day. It's to raise awareness of fossil fuel consumption and improving our health and well-being through cleaner air. Can you walk or cycle where you need to go? A litre of petrol produces 2.3kgs of CO2 and is a big part of an individuals carbon footprint. The daily work commute is part of your organisation's Scope 3 emissions which have been drastically reduced as more people work from home.
Why not take it one step further and try a Car Free September? This might not be possible every day but even if it's just bringing the kids to school or heading to work. If you don't live in a city, think about keeping your speed limit to 80km/hr, this could reduce emissions by up to a whopping 30%. Check out National Irish campaign 80max.ie to find out more.
All these individual actions can significantly reduce both personal and company carbon footprints. Now imagine if all your friends and colleagues did that too?
Things to Check Out
1. This month is Organic September, a campaign to raise awareness of the benefits of organic farming, including; supporting biodiversity and wildlife, helping to combat climate change, high standards of animal welfare and reduced exposure to pesticides. Check out Green Earth Organics to find out why Kenneth and Jenny only farm organically.
2. 19th September is World Clean-Up Day. Why not do a beach clean or local area? Gather a few friends or organise a company litter pick challenge! Check out the Litterati app for ways to log your progress and see what brands keep coming up.
3. 21st September is International Day of Peace This year, the theme is Shaping Peace Together. Our common enemy is a virus that threatens our very way of life. COVID-19 has thrown our world into turmoil and forcibly reminded us that what happens in one part of the planet can impact people everywhere. Maybe mark it by holding a minutes silence or a yoga session.
Online Events In September
1. My Waste Ireland are running an Upcycle Challenge until the 30th October. This is a brilliant way to get creative and to spruce up any old furniture, materials and more. What's better is the winner receives €750! Get your Green team at work to enter: click here.
2. Did you know it would take 13 years for one person to drink the water needed to make one cotton t-shirt and a pair of jeans? Choosing to shop second hand can help. Join Second Hand September and pledge to shop only second hand for 30 days or more. You’ll give clothes a longer life by keeping them from landfill. Challenge your staff at work to make the pledge here.
3. On the 8th September Pro Silva Ireland is pleased to present an online meeting to discuss transforming Irish forests. To be apart of this discussion, you can finds tickets here. 4. 20th September is national volunteer week. What can you and your workplace do to take part? Host a socially distanced beach clean? Join a short online lunchtime session hosted by Dublin City Volunteer Centre with a representative of the Clean Coasts Volunteer programme. Find tickets to this online event here.
If you would like to learn more about how you or your work place can become more sustainable, we would be delighted to help you on your green journey. Contact us via email email@example.com, or phone on +353 (0)1 6877151.