How to be an eco warrior hero
Lifestyle
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Rob Cheesewright  (Pinwheel author)

Rob Cheesewright

How to be an eco warrior (without trying too hard)

When you think of an eco warrior or a green activist, you probably picture someone glueing themselves to the road or sleeping up a tree for weeks on end. But it doesn’t need to be that hard. Real change will come about if we all make small, everyday changes, which together can make a world-changing difference. Here are some ideas how…

Throw a seed bomb

The UK has lost more than 97% of its natural wildflower meadows, affecting vital pollinators, insects, hedgehogs and bats. Throwing a handful of seed bombs in a flower pot, a windowbox, on your lawn, while out on a walk – anywhere that could do with a bit of TLC – couldn't be easier. The balls, a mix of seeds, compost and clay, break down when it rains, and root into the ground. The result: beautiful, colourful flowers which come back every year. The bees will thank you.

Ditch the car

We’re not saying always and forever, but do think about how much you use your car. Can you do the school run on foot? Perhaps you can make that meeting in good time by taking the bus? Or how about avoiding sitting in traffic by dusting off your bike (or investing in an electric bike through your Bike To Work scheme)? Given that domestic transport is the biggest contributor of greenhouse gas emissions in the UK, making little everyday decisions to walk, take public transport or cycle can really make a difference.

Be a #litterhero

Find a local litter pick up, or organise your own – you can rope in friends, family, or your local school. Many local authorities lend out appropriate equipment, such as litter pickers, gloves and bags, so it can be as easy as a quick phone call.

Throw a seed bomb
Be a #litterhero
Ditch the car
Write to your MP (the easy way)
Hit the beach

Write to your MP (the easy way)

There are various online templates that you can copy and paste, and add just a few small details, before sending to your MP. This can highlight your concern for climate change, your thoughts on local emissions or home insulation, or on farming practices. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it all adds up.

Hit the beach…

…and join a beach clean up. The Marine Conservation Society has a handy tool that lets you search for beach cleans near you, and once you’ve spent a few hours collecting plastic and rubbish from a beautiful stretch of sand, you’ll realise how vital – and rewarding – this work is.

Another easy way to repair the planet is by signing up to a Pinwheel plan – find out how here.