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15th October 2020

Take the Warminster Pledge

 

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Warminster Town Council has already taken big steps to becoming a greener council and to achieving its goal of net zero carbon by 2030.
Now, the council has adopted a 10-point Action Plan known as the Warminster Pledge. The pledge is aimed at everyone who lives in Warminster and the surrounding area. It consists of a number of small actions that we can undertake in order reverse the impact of climate change that we see happening today.
Cllr Denis Brett said “I am glad that the town council has committed itself to the Warminster Pledge. To demonstrate the importance to this, councillors are endeavouring to undertake several pledges. We invite the people of Warminster to come on board with this great enterprise.”
Cllr Brett added “For myself, move your money is an important commitment and I have already taken action on this. I am endeavouring to rewild some of my garden and I am travel smart, these are my top three and in time, I hope to fulfil all the pledges.”

Chairman of the Climate Change Working Group, Cllr Steve Jeffries said:
“These pledges are simple steps that most of us can take, but the combined effect can be substantial. I have recently changed all of the light bulbs in my home to LED types in order to save energy and have also purchase a new bike so that I am able to reduce dependency on the car.”
Cllr Jeffries continued: “I will also commit to changing my energy contract to a renewable supplier when I move contracts early next year. These are small things that most people can do and together, we will have a positive effect upon the environment.”

Cllr Tony Nicklin said he was a keen supporter of Switch off! – save energy at home and save money, something he had bene doing for years. Tony also shop locally for fresh food. He has also planted 10 new trees and is rewilding a small paddock.

Cllr Nicklin urged action now, “If we truly believe in what is happening to our climate then we will not hesitate to change ourselves and the way that we live. There are opportunities to add our simple contribution towards the Towns combined response and make a BIG BIG difference. Let’s do it today, I have.”

TAKE THE WARMINSTER PLEDGE!
Supported by Warminster Town Council in association with Sustainable Warminster.

Warminster Town Council are actively looking at their own operations and have an aim of becoming carbon neutral by 2030. We are asking the people of Warminster to ‘take the pledge’ and to try one or more of these easy changes, and help us to make Warminster a cleaner, greener, healthier place to live.

1. Switch your energy provider to a renewable tariff
This is one of the biggest impacts we can take as households. Visit for example www.bigcleanswitch.org – an energy comparison site that only lists renewable tariffs.

2. Switch off! – save energy at home and save money
When your lightbulbs need replacing, switch to LED bulbs. Switch off lights when you leave the room, turn things off standby, turn your thermostat down.

3. Move your money
Many banks and pension providers are investing in the fossil fuel industry. Put your money to green use. Visit websites such as www.switchit.money. NB. If you’re looking to move your pension, do take professional financial advice first!)

4. Cut your digital footprint
Data centres that store our e-mails currently use around 1% of global electricity demand. Delete any e-mails, photos and old files you no longer need

5. Reduce your food waste
If food waste were a country, it would be the 3rd biggest emitter of greenhouse gas emissions AND 50% of all food waste occurs in the home! Look on our website for waste cutting/money saving ideas.

6. Plant a tree and ‘rewild’ your garden
A tree is the best way to remove carbon from the atmosphere. Sustainable Warminster can offer advice and provide you with a sapling to plant. Leaving a patch of your garden to ‘go wild’ can increase the numbers of bees and pollinators visiting by up to 10 times.

7. Travel smart
Could you commit to walking, or cycling a proportion of your shorter journeys say under half a mile? Can you car share or take public transport to lower the impact of your daily commute?

8. Reduce and re-use
Think reduce and reuse whenever you can – whether that’s coffee cups, water bottles, shopping bags, or face masks.

9. Eat smart
Food production is responsible for around 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Reduce that impact by trying meat-free Monday,
swap one regular product for an organic or Fairtrade equivalent, support local producers and retailers, this often results in lower ‘food miles’

10. Use your voice
And share your changes with your friends and family, your school, your workplace, businesses and elected representatives. Share the Warminster pledge too - invite them to get involved!

Share your pledge with us using the form below, or via the Warminster Town Council Facebook page. Further ideas about all the pledges can be found on the Warminster Town Council Website.

Councillor Jeffries
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