Ecological Corner

Ecological Corner

Hello everyone!

This week we will be discussing carbon footprint – what it is, how it’s measured and what we can do to reduce it.

Carbon Footprint is the term used to describe how much carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) are emitted into our atmosphere by a person, organisation, an event or group. These gases cause pollution which endangers our environment as well as our health.

How much emissions are produced by an individual or a household will depend mainly on how much electricity and gas you use at home; other factors will include waste disposal, how often you use a car, train, bus, etc, your diet.

Here is a link from the charity WWF which has a good calculator:

After you have completed the questionnaire, your footprint will be displayed as well as tips on how to reduce it, and how you compare to others in the UK as well as the world.

It is very important to reduce our carbon dioxide emissions, and live a greener life. This will ensure our planet is safe for all creatures and it will also bring many benefits to our health.

Check back again next week for more information and tips on how to take care of our planet!

Vivian Carvalho

Ecology Corner

Ecology Corner

Welcome to your weekly ecological blog!
My name is Vivian, I am a member of Church of Candomble and I will be here every week, writing about nature and how we can do our part to preserve it. At Church of Candomble we worship the Orixas (nature gods) but the environment is something everyone should be concerned about.

Our topic this week is recycling. I know most households in the UK recycle and this makes a real difference in reducing landfills and protecting our environment.

However, a lot of items are missing the recycling bin and going in our regular bins as most people are not sure if these can be recycled or not:
1- Aerosol containers like deodorant sprays can be recycled; just make sure it is empty and put in the correct bin, depending on the material.
2- Batteries = Rechargeable batteries are better, but if buying disposable ones, do not dispose in regular bins as they contain toxic materials. Take them to your local recycling bank. Alternatively, retailers such as Boots and Poundland have recycling bins for batteries.
3- Junk mail is posted through our letter box daily. We throw it sometimes before even reading it, and forget to put in our paper recycling. Always remember to return to sender any mail that is not addressed to you, thus reducing your household waste.
4- Bathrooms have a lot of recycling potential, with shampoo bottles, toothpaste tubes, and empty tissue boxes and so on. Placing a recycling bin in your toilet ensures all these materials will be recycled and not wasted.
5- Wood, especially in small amounts almost always ends up in the bin. Most recycling banks will take any wooden item, including furniture. Check with your local bank.
6- DVDs and CDs can be taken to a charity shop if your local recycling bank cannot take them.

Here is a link to help you find your nearest recycling centre:

Stay green!