Hi readers, it’s Emily and William here again, following up from our column last week talking about this heatwave and what we can do to prevent global warming getting even worse than it is now.
So, how can we help? Well, we definitely need to be more careful with water. Many of us are probably using it without thinking about it - like when we leave the tap running for too long.
Some things we think are easy to do, like only flushing the loo when you really need to; having water bottles (really nice if you put them in the fridge); re-using bath water to water the plants.
We heard about a town whose water was cut off for a whole week. They had no information about why or even when it would come back on. If our water stopped without warning, we think we’d feel confused at first, then perhaps angry no-one warned us. But if they did warn everyone, people would all get lots of water and it’d run out quicker.
Other things we can all do include not leaving the taps running or the lights on or taking a quicker shower. Maybe set yourself a challenge to see how quickly you can (safely) shower, then try and beat it each day!
Are you also a bit worried about what is going to happen in the future if it stays as hot as it is? We think we all need to be calm and carry on, but importantly be way more careful about using water, electricity, going on aeroplanes and so on. We know there is a lot more we can all do, and if each summer carries on like this, then we all need to act fast – everyone across the world!
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