Making a green resolution for the New Year
Another year draws to a close giving the perfect opportunity to reflect on the year past and the changes we’d like to make for the year ahead - A turning of the year being prime time to set some new green habits.
As COP26 demonstrated, there’s still plenty of action we need to take on our global journey to net zero carbon emissions. Whilst progress might be too slow on the international scale, we know the best way to stay optimistic is to share - good news, ideas and motivation in the green changes that are happening in our own lives.
In the spirit of accountability, we encourage you to share the changes, however big or small, that you hope to make in 2022. Need a bit of inspiration? Check out the pledges made by some of the team at OVO here, including mine, at number 1 on the list:
Reduce those air miles
“I’m totally aware of the carbon impact of my itchy feet, so a couple of years ago I made what was (in hindsight), the perfectly timed year-long flight-free pledge1.
“Happily, it gave me the chance to explore hidden spots closer to home. From wild swimming in Somerset to seal-spotting in Pembrokeshire. I know I might not be able to swear myself off flying completely, but I’m keen to limit my air miles as much as possible.
“But cutting out flying isn’t the most economical resolution! Whilst you can still pick up cross-continental flights for cheaper than a UK train ticket – the alternatives can be up to 4 times more expensive. And it’s nowhere near as convenient. A 48-hour coach journey to Spain just doesn’t have the same appeal!
“So, this year, rather than considering the journey as something that must just be endured, I’m reframing it as part of the experience. I’m currently planning my train trip to Berlin to include a night in Brussels and maybe lunch in Cologne. A chance to get up close and personal with the places I’d usually just fly over unaware!”
Jess Pritchard, Forum Moderator
Don’t forget to keep us posted on how you found keeping to your eco-pledge - no judgement here!