Sustainable Steps

Posted by Cath Flitcroft on 02/11/2021

You may already have taken the first step to being more sustainable (reducing your impact on the natural environment) and to being more climate aware (reducing your personal carbon footprint) but weโ€™ve pulled together a list of additional campaigns and opportunities you can get involved in to help you further your steps to sustainability.

As an organisation, we are also taking these issues seriously so we’ve also listed what we’re doing too.

Everyone can make a difference, particularly when smart environmental choices become a habit and perhaps even begin influencing others into taking similar actions.

Get involved as a BMC Member

The Climate Project: help us plant moor! ๐ŸŒฑ

Make a real difference to the local landscapes that you love and the global climate crisis. Help restore and repair our degraded peatland landscapes.

Donate today: It costs £25 to plant one square metre of sphagnum moss and create a healthy moor.

BMC Volunteer Days – planting sphagnum ๐ŸŒฑ

Peat moorlands cover 15% of the UK, but the Peak District moorland landscape is now the most degraded in Europe and damaged peat can be a great carbon emitter.

Join us on the 28th February 2022 and help us restore this incredible landscape.

Your Climate Checklists โœ…

Want to know more about how you can reduce your own personal carbon footprint and lessen your impact on the environment? We’ve tried to make it simple for you by producing three separate checklists – for yourself, your workplace and for any events you might be arranging.

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Lift Share ๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿพ‍๐Ÿค‍๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿพ

With our BMC Community Liftshare site, we've now made it easier for climbers, hill walkers and mountaineers to get to the mountains and crags you love, now with less cars on the road. Get involved and start sharing your journeys today.

BMC Recycling Centre

Where can I re-use, repair or recycle my outdoor gear?  The most sustainable product is the product you already own. We've pulled together a list of retailers and organisations who can help you re-use, repair or recycle your old or unwanted clothing and outdoor kit. Check out the list here.

Green Energy Deal ๐Ÿ”‹

Octopus Energy are the latest addition to your BMC member benefits, meaning you could earn £50 and help the save the planet at the same time. Email us for your exclusive BMC member offer code.

BMC Volunteer Days – planting sphagnum to help restore our degraded peatlands

Climate Action Award: enter your climate film into our film competition ๐Ÿ†

New for 2022, we've added the Climate Action Award to our list of categories for this year's BMC Women in Adventure Film Competition, where the winner will receive £300!

We want to shine the light on the amazing work that is being done by members of the outdoor community for important causes such as in the combat against the climate crisis. And so this award will be presented to the team who produces a film specifically capturing the effects of climate change today either here in the UK or abroad. This might be a film that documents issues as wide ranging as a changing landscape, a long journey using public transport or a climber's / walker's perspective of tackling their own carbon footprint.

ENTER: Your film for the Climate Action Award category

Hills 2 Oceans: help us remove mountains of waste ๐Ÿšฏ

Our Hills 2 Oceans (H2O) campaign is calling on everyone to get involved in a litter pick to help remove as much litter and plastic from our hills, mountains and crags as possible so it doesn’t end up in our oceans. Join our army of litter pickers today!

Climate films to educate and inspire ๐ŸŽž๏ธ

WATCH: BMC Climate Playlist

MEET: The Scientist: On the frontline against climate change

'The Scientist' is the first of our three-part series exploring the work carried out by intrepid scientists in some of the UK’s most inaccessible and hostile hills, placing them on the front line in the fight against the climate crisis.

 

Climate articles to inform and inspire

๐ŸŒฑ ARTICLE: Was COP26 a Cop Out? 

๐ŸŒŽ ARTICLE: Looking back on climate change: a mountaineer's musings

๐ŸŒฑ ARTICLE: Caring about COP26

๐ŸŒŽ ARTICLE: Are the Alps falling down?

๐ŸŒฑ ARTICLE: Climb-it change

๐ŸŒŽ ARTICLE: Meltdown

What the BMC is doing

BMC Climate Emergency Declaration ๐Ÿ“œ

The Climate Crisis is already affecting large parts of the world, including upland and mountain areas that we love and which form the basis of our outdoor activities. As climbers, walkers and mountaineers, we all have a responsibility to try and reduce our impact. Read our declaration

No Moor BBQs ๐Ÿ“›

Each year, moorland fires have a devastating effect on wildlife, livestock and people, and can often destroy the underlying peat that is crucial in our fight against climate change.  We’re calling on government to make the use of disposable barbecues on open moorland a criminal offence. Help us distinguish disposable BBQs

UN Sports for Climate Action Framework

The BMC has joined the UN Sport for Climate Action Framework. This is a new climate action for sport movement that will set the trajectory and provide the support for sport to play a winning role in achieving global climate change goals.

In the office

In its day to day operations and processes, the BMC has a significant impact on the environment, through the resources it uses such as paper, power, fuel and also through the waste products it produces, such as emissions from heating and transport as well as use and disposal of BMC materials and merchandise including guidebooks and office equipment.

We will seek to quantify these effects and implement measures to ensure day to day office practices have as small an impact on the environment as is possible.  We are already:

  • Single use plastic free
  • Utilising a renewable energy provider
  • Making energy saving improvements to the BMC office in Manchester
  • Encouraging the use of web conferencing and remote meetings to reduce the need to travel
  • Ensuring that meetings, events and competitions organised by the BMC can be accessed by public transport and by promoting car share options and mechanisms to achieve this
  • Sourcing and selling only ethical products in our shop
  • Off-setting our own carbon footprint by supporting a scheme that invests in a UK based, landscape wide programme.
  • Utilising a pension investment strategy based on the Aviva Stewardship fund.

Coming Soon

  • Update of BMC Environmental & Sustainability Policy
  • Creation of a Sustainable Transport Policy
  • New requirements for expedition grants (to demonstrate sustainable steps taken)
  • BMC Carbon neutral events
  • Inclusion of a carbon pledge calculator
  • Climate project banners at climbing walls / events / outdoor retailers

WATCH: The Climate Project - help fight climate change on our moorlands on BMC TV

๐Ÿ’ฎ Donate to The Climate Project ๐ŸŒฑ

The BMC's Climate Project supports the work of Moors for the Future.

Your support will help:   

๐ŸŒฑ Actively fight the climate crisis

๐Ÿ›ก๏ธ Protect endangered wildlife

โŒ ๐Ÿ”ฅ Reduce wildfire risk

โŒ ๐ŸŒŠ Reduce flooding risk

It costs £25 to plant one square metre of sphagnum moss and create a healthy moor. hanks to you, we’ve raised £30,000 for The Climate Project so far. This will restore 1,200 square meters of sphagnum on our Peak District moors.


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