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When you brush your teeth or run water for your disehs, remind yourself of the energy used to get your water clean. Even turning it off or down a little every now and again helps a lot.

Across the planet, many people don't have enough clean water - or even enough water. Although many brilliant charities help with this.

What can I do?

Our Planet

Treatment

Brushing our teeth, washing dishes, flushing toilets, grabbing a refreshing drink - we all use water without even thinking every day.

Water Use

We all use water every day, and in Scotland we are not particularly short of it!

So why do we need to be extra careful about how much we use?

Travel

Travel

Our daily travel to work, the activities we do when we are not at work or with our families and our holidays, all need us to think about travel - whether it's walking, cycling, driving or using public transport. The choices we make can have an impact on the environment, our health and our bank balance!

On the go ...

Whether we walk, cycle, drive or use public transport to get to our destination, is usually a mix of convenience, timing, cost and availability of public transport.

Walking and cycling can give health benefits, while public transport generally reduces the pollutants produced per person. Sometimes, however, these options are not practical.

 

Instead, even small changes, like sharing the drive to work with someone living nearby, can reduce our impact on the planet and our costs too!

What's the problem?

Our Planet

What can I do?

Fossil fuels traditionally used to fuel cars, boats and planes (petrol, diesel or other petro-chemicals), usually produce carbon dioxide (CO2) and other gases that can add to the problems of climate change and pollute our air.

Recently, diesel cars, have been highlighted because of the soot particles they produce that can be harmful to health, as can the nitrogen dioxide (NO2), they produce,

The loss of woods and other natural spaces to make roads and car parks also has an impact.

Large numbers of petrol and diesel fuelled cars in big cities can have significant impacts on people's health.

While the environmental impact of air travel can be high, partly because of the long distances covered and the other gases and emissions that are involved.

And it is now recognised that shipping creates significant pollutants and there is a need for change here too.

Environmental damage can also be caused by the clearance and fragmentation of tropical rain-forest and other habitats for road, rail, sea and air links.

Walking, cycling or using public transport are all great and the creation of more cycle-ways and park and ride systems make these options more possible.

 

But if you need to drive, try keeping at an even speed and a slightly lower speed and you will burn less fuel. Also make sure your tyres are at the correct pressure. This will use less fuel and be safer. 

Electric cars are becoming more of an option, with charging points expanding and cleaner technologies for all cars are developing.

Progress is being made towards more environmentally friendly options for  shipping, while greener air travel (although more challenging because of the power required to fly a plane) is also being researched.

Certain companies also offer "ethical" or "eco" travel and holiday options.