Take on the Intelligently Green Challenge

With the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow coming to an end this week, residents are being urged to play their part by pledging to make simple changes to their lifestyle.

Wychavon is running its Intelligently Green Challenge to help people take simple steps to reduce the amount of climate changing greenhouse gases they put into the atmosphere from their daily activities – known as a carbon footprint.

The challenge allows people to calculate their carbon footprint and choose from a series of actions they are willing to commit to trying to implement in their lifestyle over the next 12 months. People can choose from reducing their food waste and eating less meat to walking and cycling more or turning down the thermostat.

There are also options for people who want to make more radical or expensive changes such as adopting a vegan diet, replacing their boiler or buying an electric car.

Once people have chosen their own carbon reduction plan, they will receive a monthly newsletter with tips, information and encouragement to help them with their challenge.

People will also be asked to fill in a quick survey once every four months to let us know how they are getting on.

A recent survey by the Office for National Statistics found 75% of people in the UK were worried about climate change with many people beginning to make some lifestyle changes as a result.

Cllr Emma Stokes, Executive Board Member for Environment on Wychavon District Council, said: "Governments and corporations absolutely have a major role to play in tackling climate change, but so do we. If all of us make some simple changes to our lifestyle then that will add up to a significant contribution to helping to protect our planet. The Intelligently Green Challenge has a range of actions to choose from and I'm confident everyone will find something they can commit to doing."

To sign up to the challenge, or find out more, visit www.wychavon.gov.uk/intelligentlygreen.

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