As we all endure further heat and drought, it focuses our minds on the need to change our habits to prevent further climate breakdown, preserve our natural environment and precious water supplies.
Local environmental group Sustainable Three Rivers has put forward these summer eco ideas we can all adopt:
- Hertfordshire County Council has committed to planting over 36,000 trees as part of the ‘Plant a Tree for the Jubilee’ Queen’s Green Canopy initiative If you’re lucky enough to live alongside any of these newly planted trees, please give them plenty of water!
- The drought is also having a serious impact on wildlife in our local rivers including our chalk streams, which are of global importance as a natural habitat. We can all help by leaving out water bowls in our gardens.
- The prolonged spell of dry weather reminds us all that water is now a valuable and scarce resource. There are plenty of easy steps we can take to use less water.
- Switch off your engine when your car is stopped for a minute or longer.
- For picnics, bring reusable plates and cutlery, cloth napkins, flasks, water bottles and reusable lunch boxes instead of wasteful plastics.
- If there’s one benefit to the extreme heat and dry weather it’s that none of us need to use a tumble dryer! Hang your washing out on the line and it will dry in no time.
For more information and the latest sustainability news and tips, visit the Sustainable Three Rivers website at www.sustainablethreerivers.org