There aren’t many people unfamiliar with the effect climate change is having on our weather in the Maltese Islands.
Here in Malta and Gozo, we’re experiencing increasingly hotter and drier summers as well as stormier winters according to the Met Office in Luqa.
The environment is a big issue on almost everyone’s minds and the climate crisis conversation isn’t going away soon.
But experts say if we all just made one small change today, collectively it would make a massive difference for all our tomorrows.
You can make a start by doing just one thing.
Start small. Start now.
For simple, easy ways you can make a difference and help Malta’s environment, have a look at the list here:
1. Drive less
Taking your car off the road for one day a week can really make a difference. Cars are said to account for 60 per cent of CO2 emissions from road transport in Europe.
2. Switch off standby
Enemalta estimates that up to €80 a year is wasted in the average home because of appliances left on standby. That’s a lot of electricity and money wasted.
3. Step up your recycling
We are all pretty good at recycling in Malta but we can aim to be better. Think about recycling batteries, old mobile phones, and broken appliances, to name a few. And while we’re on the subject, buy recycled goods instead of new ones.
4. Plant your own veg
Not only will you save carbon emissions but you’ll save money too. And think how thrilled you’ll be serving up your own potatoes at the dinner table.
5. Buy local
Supermarket produce can travel thousands of kilometres to get to us in Malta, so start buying Maltese where you can.
6. Stop saying thank you
If we were to send one less ‘thank you’ email a day that would save more than 16,433 tonnes of carbon a year. True.
7. Turn off the tap
Next time you’re brushing your teeth or shaving, switching off the tap could save up to 400 litres of water a month. Drip, drip, drip? No, no, no.
8. Solar energy
If you can afford it, invest in those solar panels you’ve been mulling over. We live on a beautiful Mediterranean island bathed in glorious sunshine, it’s a green renewable energy and doesn’t release any harmful carbon dioxide.
If you want to take action, choose a Maltese charity or organisation and get in touch about volunteering.
10. Talk rubbish
If we all picked up litter when we see it, imagine the difference it would make to Malta and Gozo.
Cover photo: Alex Esposito