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 we’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! 🌱
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 🌱
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 ✅
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.
Lift Share 🧑🏾🤝🧑🏾
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 🔋
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 🏆
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.
Hills 2 Oceans: help us remove mountains of waste 🚯
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 🎞️
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
🌱 ARTICLE: Was COP26 a Cop Out?
🌎 ARTICLE: Looking back on climate change: a mountaineer's musings
🌱 ARTICLE: Caring about COP26
🌎 ARTICLE: Are the Alps falling down?
🌱 ARTICLE: Climb-it change
🌎 ARTICLE: Meltdown
What the BMC is doing
BMC Climate Emergency Declaration 📜
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 📛
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.
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
The BMC's Climate Project supports the work of Moors for the Future.
Your support will help:
🌱 Actively fight the climate crisis
🛡️ Protect endangered wildlife
❌ 🔥 Reduce wildfire risk
❌ 🌊 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.