Real superheroes can save the world…

This week is Amnesty International’s Friendship week. It’s being celebrated at Tigs primary school using a Superhero theme, which is the perfect representation of solidarity, strength and survival. At the end of last year I picked up a book at the library ; Teach your Granny how to text, and the same week we watched Leonardo DiCaprio’s documentary ‘Before The Flood’. Both of these sources left me feeling inspired to make a difference on my carbon footprint, even a tiny one, to make a positive impact. And it doesn’t even stop at environmental issues; we could all make a difference with a little bit of kindness and community spirit. I want to be a superhero, so here’s the things I’m thinking about doing to save the world.

Walk. It’s a novel concept, I know. I’m as guilty as the next person of overusing the car, but we do enjoy a stroll to our destination if if we can. Advantages include saving in petrol, parking fees and (this one might appeal even more) the ability to have an impromptu beer / vino, as well as, of course reducing carbon emissions hence saving the planet.

Cold? Pop on a jumper. An extra blanket on the bed. You know yourself there’s a fine line between too cold and boiling hot, and there’s nothing more ironic than having to open the window when you’ve spent a couple of hours warming up the house with central heating.

Turn thermostat down a degree or two. Imagine the combined effect if everyone did that? In a world of ever growing fossil fuel consumption, it’d be a small action with a big cumulative effect.

Wash at 30ºC. According to the soapy manufacturers we can do it, so we all should be doing it right?

Turn off the lights. One of my ‘I’m turning into my Mum‘ moments is when I hear myself holler ‘ Why is every light in the house on?”. Think of the power you’d save if you didn’t have every lamp on or the lights still on come dawn.

Green Grass and Tall Trees during Daytime

Don’t charge your phone overnight. This part in the book really resonated with me. As a blogger, and as a human being alive in 2017, our phones are our lifeline. As are our laptops, tablets, digital watches and activity trackers. They only take a couple of hours to charge, but yes I am guilty of leaving mine on charge all night. Every night. The impact per person is minute, but scaled up? Yeah, it’s a contributor to the global CO2 emissions.

Unplug unused electricals. It’s not just phones – anything with a pretty little standby light is using power. Especially things with those big boxy plugs – if you feel it’s warmth it’s clearly doing something? If you can, switch if off at the plug when not in use.

Green Leaved Trees and Snowy Mountain during Day

Don’t overfill the kettle. As someone singlehandedly keeping the british tea empire afloat, here’s one I need to sit up and pay attention to. It’s all about wasting power, and trying to reduce that waste. Whilst still drinking tea.

Love outdoors. In an age of deforestation and plastic grass, what better way to get your kids more green than by teaching them to love the garden, the woods, the park or the seaside. Let them grow plants, even plant a tree. Teach them young to respect the planet and the importance of horticulture for our future and our environment.

Green Fern Beside Brown Wood Log Beside Gray Path during Daytime Inside Forest

Campaign. With so many worrying political situations going on right now, we can all become activists. What matters to you? You just have to look at the likes of Mother Pukka and her #flexappeal campaign, or the thousands of women marching for their rights last month to see that it is possible. What do you feel strongly about in your area? What could you change for better? You can start small by signing online petitions at places like Amnesty international or Change.org, or even start your own.

Recycle. Long gone are the days of my childhood when recycling meant a trip to the dump. I love the way recycling has become part of our everyday lives and it saddens me when even with it being so easy, some choose not to use the systems in place. Come on, you can scrape that food in the food waste. And pop all those party bottles in a glass bank. It’s easy peasy.

Be a role model. Who better for your children to look up to, than you. Do the right thing, teach them the right way. If it feels a bit wrong, it probably is. Be the person you’d like them to be.

Give a dog a home. Or a cat. Or a ferret. Don’t support cruel animal trades if you’re thinking of getting a pet. With so many rescue animals in need of a good home, do the right thing. Get in touch with the RSPCA to find your nearest centre.

Stop with the stuff. Sometimes, the consumerism taking over my life makes me feel a little bit sick. I love the buzz of new things, but we (thats you and I) really need to question what we actually need. (Need; require (something) because it is essential or very important rather than just desirable.) Hmm, do I really need that half price candle, or the bargain basement pair of shoes that will be too uncomfortable for me ever to wear…It has to stop. I’m filling up my own small landfill with unnecessary crap and don’t even get me started on kids toys / clothes / paraphernalia.

Find your community spirit. I didn’t think my area had much in the way of a community, until I placed myself within it. You can be cynical about youth centres, children’s centres, charity shops,  toddler groups but if you let yourself see it, you will find your community. Be a good neighbour and look out for the vulnerable; pop in on them and make sure they know you are there for them should they need you.

Be kind. It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice. Let go of gossip and negativity. Leave the bitching back at school where it belongs, actually, no – it doesn’t even belong there. Remember small ears are listening, and think about how you are perceived by those small eyes too. Live and let live, drop judgement and smile more. Offer your help, lend your ears. Talk, about the untalked. Depression, grief, worry, loneliness can’t be fixed over a cup of tea, but it’s a pretty good place to start.

None of these things are ground-breaking, but we all need a little reminder about the small things sometimes, and that most certainly includes me. I’m no supermum, but to my kids I am a superhero and I’m going to help save the world.

x MMT

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19 thoughts on “Real superheroes can save the world…

  1. Nicole Reply

    These are really simple, yet effective ways to do our little bit for the environment. Like putting on an extra jumper/ blanket… lovely post
    #coolmumclub

  2. beautybabyandme Reply

    This is a great post! There are some things on here I do already such as only putting as much water as I need in the kettle and washing at 30 (at least when there isn’t a poo explosion to deal with) but things such as not charging your phone over night, I had no idea! xx #coolmumclub

  3. The Mumatron Reply

    You know what? I feel good about myself having read that, thank you. I thought we were a bit wasteful but I do nearly everything on this list! I love the outdoors and walk most places. I couldn’t drive everywhere I’d miss the fresh air. If we all make little changes we can change the world. It makes me sad that we can’t all see the value of the planet and the impact of our actions. #CoolMumClub

  4. franbackwithabump Reply

    You’ve totally made me feel guilty of not doing enough. I do recycle and don’t overfill the kettle. And I’m all for switching off lights. I remember my mum coming upstairs and saying “it looks like blackpool illuminations up here” when I’d switch every light on!! Thanks for hosting #coolmumclub

  5. Chilli Regina Reply

    Love this post! These are such ordinary yet incredibly important things, life-changing actions. It starts with me and you and then our families and then comunities and then the world. Domino effect – only it’s the one that will save our lives! #coolmumclub

  6. bobsy's mum (@stressed_mummy_) Reply

    I’m terrible for heating! I have the thermostat quite low I think, but, I will walk around in a tshirt with the heating on! Some great ideas. #coolmumclub

  7. PassTheProseccoPlease Reply

    I’m guilty of a lot of these…but I do constantly holler “put that bloody light out” xx #coolmumclub

  8. Angela Watling Reply

    I love this. Absolutely love it! I can relate to almost everything you’ve said here and either do or try to do all of them. We’re never going to be perfect but we can all do our best. For example, I have seen so many friends have children and then request a bigger refuse bin from the council because they ‘don’t have time to recycle’. We just break down our packaging as we use it and put it in a special recycling bin straight away. I know people will say they don’t have space, but in our old little house we did exactly the same but made a small pile on the counter that we took outside every night. It took 2 minutes.

    I am guilty of charging my phone overnight though. I have a fast charger now too so I should probably take my phone upstairs an hour before bed (thus removing the social media temptation too!) and just charge it then. I shall start today!

    #CoolMumClub

    1. MMT Reply

      Me too Angela 😉

  9. motherhoodtherealdeal Reply

    OMG I did not know about the charging your phone overnight I am that person…definitely need to change my ways there or else will probably be kicked out of #coolmumclub forever more. Can’t to see you Sat darl xoxo

  10. Aleena Brown Reply

    It’ so true that we all need a little reminder… Community spirit is such a big one for me, I think it’s so sad the difference between most communities now compared to just a few short years ago. I don’t know my neighbours. A lady knocked on our door to borrow a bottle opener (go her!) the other day, and I had never seen her before in my life. But in reality, she is probably closer to me physically/geographically for more hours of most days than my own partner (or the man in the local shop who I talk to more than anyone!). Plus she seemed like a nice lady (who likes wine!) Great post #CoolMumClub x

  11. Rainbows are too beautiful Reply

    This is brilliant – so many good ideas and quite diverse too. We ca all do our little bit. I’m definitely guilty of the phone thing. #coolmumclub

  12. Autumn's Mummy Reply

    There are some great tips here! I think we’re all guilty of not doing many of the things we should be doing to help the environment. I’ll try to remember to go and make my tea the next time the kettle boils, rather than forgetting and having to boil it again 🙂 #CoolMumClub

  13. Helena Reply

    I think saving the world is fantastic and these are great tips to help us do so. #coolmumclub

  14. Digital Motherhood Reply

    Some great tips – I never thought about leaving my phone charging all night! #coolmumclub

  15. crummymummy1 Reply

    I’m definitely guilty of things like over filling the kettle & leaving my phone to charge overnight. You’re right, if we all changed little things it would make a huge difference #coolmumclub

  16. Janine Woods Reply

    You know, reading this post makes me realise how many simple things I could be doing to make a difference and I’m not. I always leave lights on, turn the heating on full and charge my phone overnight etc. But your post has given me food for thought and I will be trying to do my bit from now on. This is a really thought provoking post definately worth sharing.

    #coolmumclub

  17. Louise Reply

    I love this post. You’ve certainly helped inspire me to be a little more thoughtful when it comes to my own consumption of resources. There are so many little things we can do that collectively would make a big difference to our world and its resources.#coolmumclub

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