Increase your quality of life and reduce your carbon footprint to fight climate change.
The North Devon Council works with Torridge, South Hams and West Devon Councils to encourage local residents and organizations to take action that will both improve the quality of life and reduce their carbon footprint.
The Lifestyle Spring Clean Week takes place March 12-21 and is a joint project by the councils and local environmental entrepreneur Mukti Mitchell that aims to make reducing your carbon footprint easy and enjoyable and showing that it can You can lead a healthier and more satisfying lifestyle at the same time.
Other charities in the area, including Resurgence Trust, 361 Energy, Plastic Free North Devon, Beaford Arts, and the AONB Biosphere Reserve, have also joined the project, which aims to reach 25,000 people in the area.
The project was launched in response to the national climate emergency declared by local authorities, including the four councils, across the UK.
It started last October with the “Find Your Footprint” week, where individuals and organizations can use an online tool to determine their carbon footprint and then choose an action from a range of simple lifestyle options that can save carbon .
You can now remeasure your footprint to see how much it has decreased in the past five months and celebrate your savings.
Mukti Mitchell, director of Carbon Savvy, a carbon savings consultant, said, “It’s exciting to see people across Devon working together to both improve the quality of life and save carbon. From my own experience, it is the fact that this makes me happier and healthier that makes me so interested in doing more.
“And Carbon Savvy is proud to bring what we believe to be the most accurate and easy-to-use footprint calculators online this March to make it easier and more fun.”
Caroline Leaver, Senior Member of the North Devon District Council on Climate Change, added, “Carbon emissions contribute to climate change and we have already seen the impact of local events in extreme weather events, flooding and damage to our local environment.
“As individuals, we are also paying the costs of climate change out of our own pocket. If we reduce our individual carbon footprint by walking or cycling instead of walking, lowering our consumption, using clean energy, or making other choices, we can cut our spending and invest in our long-term financial security.
“Every small change we make helps reduce our own carbon footprint and address climate change more comprehensively.”
Councilor Peter Hames, senior member of the Torridge District Council on Climate Change, added: “Although we have been focusing on Covid-19 for the past few months, I think it has also enabled people to be more open about the importance of our environment Thinking about spaces and a healthier lifestyle.
“The consequence of relying more on our bikes, walking and running more has the benefit of being good for the planet and our well-being, and there is an urgent need to build on this dynamic in the face of climate change.”
North Devon MP Selaine Saxby said she was delighted to be working with all political parties on the program.
“It is important to give individuals the opportunity themselves. I think some of the numbers that deal with climate change and carbon offsetting feel complex and distant. Having a shot that is available and encouraging people to brush their lives up in the spring is a real opportunity.
“I spend a lot of time at work in Westminster or virtually from my bedroom and I support these initiatives as chairman of the all-party group on cycling and walking.”
Geoffrey Cox, MP from Torridge and West Devon, also supports the project: “I welcome initiatives like Carbon Savvys Lifestyle Spring Clean, which aim to educate the public about the positive benefits of a greener lifestyle.
“We all have a role to play in achieving zero carbon emissions, and government cannot do this on its own. There are many ways that individuals can make a positive impact on the environment while improving their own quality of life at the same time.
“I try to make sure most of my food is local and that I have solar panels to heat water, but there are different things that each of us can do.”
Councilor Judy Pearce, Chair of South Hams District Council, said: “I am delighted to be working with Devon-based Carbon Savvy on the Get to Net Zero program on behalf of South Hams District Council.
“Many people today recognize the urgent need to protect our environment, but few realize the great benefits this can bring to our communities, wildlife, and indeed happiness and wellbeing.
“The positive, uplifting advice from Carbon Savvy shows what is in it for both me and the planet. And it’s an opportunity for each of us to do our bit. I invite everyone in South Hams to join the program in March and start building a better future today. “
Councilor Neil Jory, Chairman of West Devon Borough Council, added, “We are proud to be partnering with Carbon Savvy, a Devon-based community organization, on the Get to Net Zero program.
“In December we adopted the first version of our strategy on climate change and biodiversity. One of the four goals, Ability and Engagement, is to encourage collective action as we see that one of our key roles is to support our residents and businesses and to point out the latest information and enable them to do whatever you can.
“This program with Carbon Savvy is one way to do that. The lifestyle spring cleaning campaign aims to promote simple measures that reduce your personal carbon footprint and also have a positive effect on your quality of life.
“Carbon Savvy’s positive, uplifting advice shows how my quality of life can improve while living a low-carbon lifestyle to help the planet. I invite everyone in West Devon to join the program in March and start embarking on a low carbon lifestyle. “
To find out how much carbon you’ve saved since October, visit www.carbonsavvy.uk/findyourfootprint. There you can complete the survey in just five minutes and compare your carbon footprint.
And no matter whether you are participating for the first or second time, you could win an electric bike if you take part in the lifestyle survey and a promotion on www.carbonsavvy.uk.
Celebrate your savings by sharing how well you did on social media using the hashtag #LifestyleSpringClean.
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