Aiden Ward
Aiden Ward

In November 2020 I was fortunate enough to be introduced to the Young Climate Warriors through my school.  The Young Climate Warriors is a great free resource for learning about how the things we do in our day to day life impact the environment and effect climate change.  Once you register to be a warrior they send you a weekly email with lots of interesting facts and useful tips to help you improve your carbon footprint.  In each of these emails you are set a task to complete based on the topic discussed that week.  Once you have completed the task you ‘Hit the red button’ in your email to let them know you’ve done it.  You can include pictures and information of what you achieved at this time.

There have been many great challenges since I have joined that have really helped me understand what little changes I can make to make a big difference.

From learning about appreciating birds in the wild and bees and understanding the threat to their habitats to being made aware of all the things around my home and what impact they have.  For example – Did you know that an average kettle uses as much energy in 3 minutes to boil a litre of water as an energy efficient LED bulb uses in 10 hours!

Two challenges have really stood out to me so far in my time as a Young Climate Warrior.  The first was when we were being asked to think about how we could reduce the amount of packaging we use, particularly in snacks. It was then that I discovered Walkers Crisps offer a recycling service for their crisp packets and there are recycling points all over the UK for this. You can find out where on their website.  The second was a week where we were to try and ‘show the love’ for the environment by placing a green heart in your window.  By displaying the Green hearts it is a way for people to see we care about the planet.  I created my Green Heart out of stones whilst climbing in the Pentland Hills for other walkers to spot.

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