Local MP makes green promise on World Environment Day

June 7, 2007 11:54 AM
Mark Hunter

Mark recycling, one of the many things he does to reduce his carbon footprint

Liberal Democrat MP Mark Hunter is this week encouraging his constituents to join him in making a promise to the environment to mark World Environment Day 2007.

Speaking on World Environment Day (June 5th), Mr Hunter said: "Climate change is a global issue. But tackling it starts at home. Over a quarter of the UK's carbon emissions come from heating, lighting and running power supplies in our homes.

"Small actions, such as saving water and switching off the lights can, when taken together, make a big difference. If everyone in the developed world makes even one small change to their daily life to reduce their energy use, such as not leaving the TV on stand-by or overfilling the kettle, that would make a huge difference to our global energy use and the amount of carbon we emit.

"Of course there is more the government should be doing. The Liberal Democrats have set out plans for radically improving home energy efficiency, producing greener electricity and switching taxes from income to pollution and energy use. That is what we would do if we were in government.

"There are already many actions that I already take to save on energy, such as using energy-saving light bulbs, This year I am making a personal commitment to switch of TVs and other electrical equipment at the mains rather than leaving them on standby, and will use reusable rather than plastic carrier bags. While these may seem like pretty small things, if enough people do it we can save tremendous amounts of energy/water.

The Liberal Democrats have listed 15 ways in which people can reduce their 'carbon footprint, these are:

1. Using energy-saving light bulbs

2. Turning down the thermostat by one degree

3. Taking a shower instead of a bath

4. Putting a water saving device in your toilet

5. Turning the tap off when brushing your teeth

6. Using rechargeable batteries instead of disposable ones

7. Using a reusable bag, rather than plastic carriers

8. Drying washing by hanging it, rather than tumble drying

9. Washing clothes at lower temperatures

10. Draught-proofing windows and doors

11. Boiling only the water you need, rather than filling the kettle every time

12. Switching off TVs and other electrical appliances at the mains rather than leaving them on stand-by, and unplug mobile phone chargers when they are not in use

13. Increasing the amount you recycle - check with your council what they have recycling facilities for; it might be more than you think!

14. Sharing car journeys to work with a colleague, cycle or replace those car journeys with public transport at least once a week

15. Switching to a more environmentally friendly electricity supplier. E.g. Lib Dem HQ in Westminster gets its electricity from Good Energy, who supply only 100% renewable electricity from the natural energy of wind, sun, or running water.

Mark said, "I would really encourage local residents to join me in making a green promise to mark World Environment Day 2007. There are actions each of us can take now, they don't take much effort and they can really make a difference."

For more information on the Liberal Democrat Climate Change Starts at Home plan see http://www.libdems.org.uk/news/climate-change-starts-at-home-campaign.12418.html

For more information on the Liberal Democrat Green Tax Switch see http://www.libdems.org.uk/media/documents/parliament/green_switch_180506.pdf

For more information on Liberal Democrat plans for green energy see http://www.libdems.org.uk/media/documents/parliament/Energy_MRV_Paper_Final%20Final1.doc

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