2015 has arrived and Bristol is now the European Green Capital. We have just seen the launch event at the Create Centre.
As leader of the Green group of councillors, I welcome European Green Capital Year and look forward to the city taking the opportunities it presents.
Politicians of different groups have taken forward the European Green Capital project over a period of years. They have also endeavoured to make Bristol a 'greener' and more environmentally sustainable city. Far more importantly, many residents, businesses, community groups and charities have worked for many years to achieve the same aims. Many of these will be involved in the year itself, and we earnestly hope that resources can be found to involve others.
Greens understand that the award of 'European Green capital' is in part appreciation of the good work that has gone on before, but more importantly, a statement of intent. We recognise that much more needs to be done.
'European Green Capital 2015' is therefore a step on the 'cycle path' to creating a truly sustainable city which benefits all residents. I, and I am sure my fellow Green councillors are committed to the year itself, and its role in creating a long term benefit for Bristol, and we will work to help ensure that the city council and our party contributes to making the most of this opportunity for Bristol.
Councillor Charlie Bolton
Bristol City Councillor
- Don your woolly socks and turn your thermostat down one degree. This should save you 8% on your fuel bills, depending on what part of you dons the sock.
- Never get lost again: invest in a GPS system for your car - or a trusty road atlas. You'll save fuel and avoid arguments with your co-pilot.
- Share a bath with someone. Who knows where it might lead?
- Look out of the window. Travelling by train or bus instead of taking the car will give you lots of time for reading, listening to music, daydreaming and also cuts down on road rage - how many times have you honked a horn at the person sitting in front of you on the bus?
- Visit your local library. You'll be supporting your local community, reducing the emissions associated with book miles, and reading makes you dead clever.
- Only boil the water you need. If everyone in the country did this, we would save enough energy to run the nation's street lighting. Or just make Bristol really, really bright so you could see it from space.
- Buy local produce. Not only does this cut food miles, but washing all the mud off your local veg will help keep you warm.
- Buy an outfit from your local charity shop. A great way of updating your "look" without slavish adherence to the rules of fashion. Plus, it's for a good cause, won't break the bank, and reduces both clothes miles and sweatshop labour.
- Take your holiday by train. Did you know that travelling to Paris on the Eurostar costs as little as £60 return?
- Share a shallow bath with a friend in Brussels, wearing woolly socks from your local charity shop, eating a carrot, reading a library book and using your GPS to find out why you're not in Paris.
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