Are you signed up for 10:10?
In case you’ve never heard about 10:10 is a national campaign. It’s a call to action from all of us to reduce our carbon by 10% during 2010.
Individuals, businesses, organisations and schools are all invited. In fact, everyone and their dog is invited to the biggest party in the UK!
When you sign up, you’ll get information on how to reduce your carbon emissions from fitting energy efficient lighting in your home to buying seasonal produce. Of course, avoiding excess packaging and food waste all contributes to your overall carbon emissions and hopefully you’ll get lots of help on that from us.
Over in Gloucestershire, we have our own campaign led by Gloucestershire Media group, comprising of The Citizen, Echo, Forester, Stroud Life and Thisisgloucestershire and The Green’s are all signed up to support it.
Organisations who have signed up include Stroud Life , including the company Ecotricity. The founder of Ecotricity suggests we shop locally, buy British, go organic and switch to green energy sources. Wycliffe College educates pupils in environmental issues so that the organisations they end up working for in the future can act responsibly. The school operates its own recycling programme from preparatory to sixth form. While Robinswood primary school is setting up allotments for the kids to use allotments for the kids
Cheltenham’s Regent Arcade have a new roof, greener escalators and more efficient lighting. They also have electric flushes in all urinals and toilets and electric-sensor taps which, coupled with smaller cisterns, reduces water use by 17 per cent.
Cheltenham Green Party members believe the campaign will work if it is exciting and captures people’s imagination. The think the general public needs to see how easy it is to make an impression on the problem we are facing with climate change and reducing carbon emissions.
At Cheltenham Borough council, they’re planning refurbishment of the crematorium with new, efficient equipment. There’s something I’d never thought about before!
And of course we are backing the campaign all the way! As Mr Green said to the reporter “If every person [in the UK] recycled one tin, we would have 60 million fewer tins on landfill, and 60 million new tins back in circulation”.
What about you? Are you signed up for the 10:10 campaign? What are you planning to do to reduce your carbon footprint by 10% this year?