Climate Change and the Over-50’s
The over-50s currently represent 33% of the UK population and this percentage continues to rise. Academic work has shown that the lifestyles of this age sector are responsible for emitting the greatest amount of greenhouse gases of any UK age group. The same studies, and the results that have emerged from a project carried out in Swindon, also highlight that the over-50s want to take action but are often frustrated because there are barriers to doing so.
The magnitude of what needs to be done, if humans are to avoid irreversible damage, means that meeting the challenges cannot be left to others. Everyone can play their part, whatever their personal, social or economic circumstances. By way of helping the over-50s, RSVP has initiated a project to signpost how they can access advice and information on action they can take.
Two documents that you can read on-line — or download and read at leisure — contain background information on the issues and sources of further advice and help and suggestions for ways you can contribute:
• Background to the issues (PDF; 153KB)
• Directory and factsheets (PDF; 144KB)
Other ways we can help
We hope that the information and advice in these two documents will help you both find what you need to reduce your impact on the environment and also that it may encourage you to join us in our quest to encourage others to take action. In addition there are two other ways in which RSVP West can help:
Specific Enquiries: Contact the RSVP Office by e-mail and we will endeavour to get back to you within a few days. Do provide a short summary of your query in the message, together with a contact telephone number — a short telephone conversation may be more helpful and productive than an e-mail exchange.
How you can help us
If you would like to join us in working to improve both the quality and extent of the information we can provide to the over 50s, then please contact the RSVP Offices by e-mail. The contents of this section of the RSVP West Website are reviewed and refreshed annually and suggestions for improvements are always welcome.