This week is Climate Week (CW), a campaign which started in Great Britain, in March 2011, when the first CW resulted in 3000 events, which were attended by half a million people, making it probably Britain’s biggest ever environmental occasion. This year, 3226 events were registered in the Climate Week web page, ranging from events run by schools, businesses, charities, councils and many others.
One of the suggestions the CW campaign has made for this year is to ‘Switch your Energy.’ “The biggest single thing that a person can do to cut their carbon emissions is switch to a green electricity supply,” said Dale Vince, founder of the renewable energy company, Ecotricity. Green energy is electricity and gas made from renewable sources and, when sourced locally, it helps us to become energy independent and reduce the need to import traditional forms of energy (primarily fossil fuels) from abroad. The CW page added that “with Ecotricity’s unique approach, ‘turning bills into mills’, the more people that join them, the more sources of green energy they can build.” Furthermore, Ecotricity's price matches the standard tariff of major regional energy suppliers. There is a link to the Ecotricity website to switch your energy to Ecotricity. This green energy company came a close second in a Which customer satisfaction survey - Good Energy came first.
In fact, a news article in BusinessGreen today, reported the results of research based on a Mori poll of 1017 people, which showed that 46% of British consumers would shift to a green electricity supply if the cost was the same as the current energy supply, but less than two per cent have actually made the switch, according to the new research. Therefore, there is a chance that many will be making the switch, with the price match offered by Ecotricity. The research was commissioned by Ecotricity.
Climate Week also produced a few resources to help to take part in Climate Week, comprising a ‘Things to Do Guide’, newsletter, logo and poster, which can be downloaded. As pointed out in the guide, Climate Week highlights positive steps that enable people to live and work more sustainably and, therefore, help to combat climate change. Here are three ways in which you can be part of it completely free:
- Enter the Climate Week Challenge – one a day or one an hour – by registering at www.climateweek.com/challenge;
- Run an event, either corporate or public and register the event at www.climateweek.com/run-an-event;
- Host the Climate Week Pub Quiz, which will be run by hundreds of pubs, offices and community groups, taking a witty and irreverent look at eco-issues, lasting about one hour. Free quiz packs can be obtained at www.climateweek.com/run-an-event/climate-week-pub-quiz.
There is also a link to a petition to add your name to the Climate Week Declaration urging the UK government to do more to prevent climate change.
So that we all can continue being green forever after, the Climate Week website provides some useful green living top tips on things we can do around our homes to adopt a greener way of life, including tips on how to green your bathroom and your cuisine; sustainable DIY; upcycling; and saving water.
Link to the ‘Climate Week Things to Do Guide’.