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Reduce Bournemouth and Poole’s carbon footprint this Climate Week

Residents can help combat climate change by making simple sustainable life choices during Bournemouth and Poole Climate Week 2013, taking place from 4-10 March.

It’s part of Britain’s biggest climate change campaign inspiring a new wave of action to create a more sustainable future.

Climate Week 2013

Bournemouth and Poole Councils are encouraging staff, businesses, community groups and residents to take part in themed days during climate week:

  • Watch your waste Monday encourages people to recycle more

  • Travel together Tuesday aims to get more people car sharing

  • Woolly pully Wednesday is about getting people to dress appropriately for the weather

  • Smarter travel Thursday encourages people to walk, cycle or use public transport more

  • Pull the plug Friday aims to save money through actions like switching off electrical items and lights.

Councillor David Smith, Bournemouth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Planning and Environment, said: “We need to work together to make Bournemouth resilient and sustainable. Cutting carbon is essential to limiting the severity of climate change, which is evident in the unpredictable weather experienced lately.

“The Council is committed to reducing its carbon footprint by one third by 2014. We have fitted over 800 Council homes with solar panels to reduce tenants’ fuel bills and generate more green energy in the town. Residents can reduce their carbon footprints through simple steps like using the car less, using energy saving light bulbs, and turning the thermostat down by one degree – this saves around £65 per year and 260kg of carbon.”

There will be a number of events/activities taking place during the week, including:

  • A recycling road show at Bournemouth Library on Monday 4 March, 9.30am-12pm

  • The Safe and Independent Living Scheme’s (SAIL) will be providing fuel poverty and home insulation information at Poole Park Cricket Ground on Tuesday 5 March, 11am-3pm and at Tuckton Library on Thursday 7 March, 10am-12pm

  • Try a range of bicycles and get cycling advice at Poole Park on Tuesday 5 March,11am-3pm

  • A Slades Farm Community Garden Session takes place on Saturday 9 March, 10am-12pm.

Councillor Xena Dion, Borough of Poole Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: “As a signatory of the Covenant of Mayors the Council is committed to reducing emissions Boroughwide and this week represents an innovative and exciting way to engage with businesses and the wider community on energy efficiency.

“Internally we have run weeks like these for several years and they have proved successful in reducing energy use and popular amongst staff. This year we are hoping to make it bigger than ever. Each day will have at least one Councillor Champion who will add senior level support to our Carbon Reduction Energy Wardens, the Council’s green champions, in delivering activities on each day.”

For more information search for Bournemouth & Poole Climate Week on Facebook or #B_P_ClimateWeek on Twitter.

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