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News - 11 January 2007
Picture courtesy of The Argus

City Council launch climate change initiative

On Monday 8th January Brighton & Hove City Council, in association with Oliver Heath and JBPR, launched Tackling Climate Change Together, a major new initiative for 2007 and beyond.

This ground-breaking programme of projects and events is being established to raise awareness of climate change across the city, as well as providing accessible information on the methods that individuals can use to combat it. To make Tackling Climate Change Together a real success, Brighton & Hove City Council is inviting local and national businesses to get involved in the partnership through a comprehensive sponsorship programme. Proposed projects include:

  • An easily downloadable Climate Change Dossier, made available to businesses citywide, with detailed information on how to become more carbon-conscious.
  • The Everything Off Campaign, a strong image-based advertising and media campaign, highlighting the difference people can make to carbon emissions by turning off their appliances more often.
  • The Climate Change Ambassadors Scheme, implemented to raise awareness of climate change in schools and colleges across the city, and culminating in an Inter-College & Schools Competition
  • Specially-constructed Beach Greenhouses, on display during the busy summer season on Brighton beaches, as a prominent information point for residents and holiday-goers alike.
  • A Climate Change Expo, to promote the range of products and services offered to businesses across the city to address climate change.
  • A Climate Change Achievement Award, to be established as an annual feature in the local awards calendar.
  • Neighbourhood Action on Climate Change, providing evening courses and activities to address climate change at grassroots level.

Attending the launch on Monday 8 January were Council Leader Cllr Simon Burgess, Convenor of the Sustainability Commission Cllr Joyce Edmond-Smith and Chair of the Environment Committee Cllr Gill Mitchell as well as the campaign’s spokesman Oliver Heath (BBC1’s ‘Changing Rooms’), government climate change champion for the South East, 14 year old local school boy Jordan Stephens, and the city's Economic Partnership Project Officer, Eleanor Mooney.

Cllr Simon Burgess said: “We want to do much, much more to raise awareness of climate change and how to tackle it, right across Brighton & Hove – in businesses, at home, in community buildings and schools – everywhere. It is the biggest issue facing us, and needs a big response.”

Recognising the role of the business community Eleanor Mooney from the Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership said: "We can no longer ignore the threat of climate change. Residents, the council and businesses all have a role to play. Businesses who take action will not only make a positive impact on the local and global communities; an emerging "green market" offers potential business opportunities and reducing carbon emissions can also contribute to significant savings on the bottom line."

For more information on the proposed projects click below to download a copy of the Tackling Climate Change Together booklet.

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