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Becoming more sustainable in 2010

posted 2 Dec 2009, 08:40 by James Smith   [ updated 2 Dec 2009, 08:43 ]

When talking about climate change, at some point you always run into numbers. 80% of this, 350ppm of that, and so on. It can get confusing, and targets like an 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050 (the UK target) seem a very long way off. However, for the next year, you can get away with just one number: 10. Well, one number twice: 10:10. 

The 10:10 campaign is a simple (but bold) idea. It’s a call to show we can all do something by cutting 10% of our emissions during 2010. And it's not difficult; the first 10% is the easy stuff. It's about doing the things we all know already - turning things off, insulating our houses, flying and driving a bit less, and reducing waste. But if we all decided to do it, we could get more than a tenth of a way to the UK 2050 target in just one year. And, the great thing is, pretty much all of that stuff above will save you money quickly. 

If you would like to do your bit towards a better future, get started by finding out more at For more information on local sustainability issues, visit or call James on 823063.

(published in the December 2009 Rudgwick magazine)