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Resources

The University of Cambridge Sustainability website is full of fantastic resources and information on topics such as biodiversity, food, recycling and waste, and travel and transport.

In addition to this, our team will be sharing resources on this page of articles, books, films, programmes, podcasts etc. that we have enjoyed. We will also be giving tips on small actions that we personally carry out to live more sustainably and to send out a message to others that this topic is of great importance. 

Resources

Helen enjoys listening to the Sustainableish podcast with Jen Gale - a good accessible podcast that reflects normal people's attempts to be more sustainable.

Published just before the first lockdown, Maggie found the book Slowdown: The End of the Great Acceleration--And Why It's Good for the Planet, the Economy, and Our Lives by Danny Dorling surprising and thought-provoking, and the graphic representation of data fascinating.

Hania recently enjoyed Feast to Save the Planet on BBC Two, exploring the carbon footprint of our meals.

Anthony listens to 39 Ways to Save the Planet on BBC Sounds which provides bite-sized food for thought and inspiration.

Laura enjoyed reading How Bad Are Bananas? by Mike Berners-Lee which delves into the carbon cost of our daily activities and things we consume. It's an entertaining and engaging read and helps to put our choices into perspective.

Daily tips

Energy

  • Instead of turning up the heating, put on an extra jumper or keep your living room stocked up with blankets
  • Consider installing a smart thermostat in your home so you can set the temperature for each room individually, ensuring an empty room is never unnecessarily heated

Food

  • Try to buy from local producers
  • Grow your own food in an allotment, your garden, or your windowsill
  • Swap your tea brand for one which offers compostable and plastic-free teabags
  • Eat in season

Waste

  • Always take a bag and a bottle of water with you when you leave the house so you don't have to buy single-use versions
  • Avoid throwing away food - learn to love leftovers!
  • Use a food waste bin 
  • Use refill shops to minimise packaging waste

Misc.

  • Use environmentally conscious banks