Villagers asked to help

PUBLISHED: 14:01 10 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:32 25 May 2010

VILLAGERS are being encouraged to go green in the new year and pull together with a new initiative.

VILLAGERS are being encouraged to go green in the new year and pull together with a new initiative.

The 10:10 project has been launched in Shipham and individuals, groups and organisations are being asked to sign up to pledge to cut their carbon emissions by 10 per cent in 2010.

One organiser, Sheila Eastland, said: "By coming together to do this we can reduce emissions across the country and build a groundswell of pressure on our government to match our actions."

A number of initial ideas include contacting project Warmstreets to see if representatives would be prepared to send a number of surveyors to Shipham on an agreed date in order to get as much of the village housing stock up to the new recommended levels of insulation as possible.

Other thoughts include compiling a list of energy saving gadgets such as shower regulators and TV power down units for the village.

Representatives from different village groups will be asked to talk to their members and encourage them to sign up for 10:10 and decide on action to cut their emissions.

The village tai chi class has already signed up and pledged to walk, car share or combine journeys to lessons to cut down on car miles and to ensure any unnecessary hall lights are turned off.

Residents Mark Winby, Jeff Brewster and Adrian Warman are set to explore funding possibilities for low carbon boiler options for the school and the project will rent the phone box for a month to promote energy saving ideas.

There is also set to be a gadget and freecycle day in the hall in the spring and promote 'earthhour' and encourage a village pub to have a candlelit evening.

Later in the year 10:10 will have a storytelling evening in the hall where people can swap stories of their progress and a party is planned for the end of the year to celebrate the scheme's efforts and decide on the way forward.

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