Climate Kids Smash for Change
17 Sep 2007
Whittington and Fisherwick Parish is aiming to be Staffordshire’s firstlow carbon community’. Their war on global warming has been given anexplosive start by eight-year-old Ellie Kendric and 11-year-old BeciHydon from Whittington Primary school.
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Whittington and Fisherwick Parish is aiming to be Staffordshire’s first low carbon community’. Their war on global warming has been given an explosive start by eight-year-old Ellie Kendric and 11-year-old Beci Hydon from Whittington Primary school.
Ellie and Beci smashed 100 fused light bulbs to highlight the need for everyone to start saving energy. They hope that by winter local householders will have fitted at least ten new style, low-energy bulbs in their homes for every old style, incandescent one that they have disposed of.
Whittington and Fisherwick Environment Group spokesman Mike Kinghan, said: ‘The girls had great fun in an incredibly serious cause. It was right that they should launch our bid to be the country’s first low-carbon community, since it is their future that global warming will affect. Encouraging people to swap to energy-efficient bulbs is the first small step in a long journey.’
Nicola Balmer, one of the group’s founders, said their role was to help people throughout the community learn how to reduce their carbon footprint’. ‘If everyone in our 1,000– household community swapped all their lights to the new style bulbs, it would prevent tonnes of carbon being pumped into the atmosphere and making the problems of climate change even worse. Many home-owners still have little idea of just how much money they’re spending on needlessly wasted energy.’
Whittington and Fisherwick Parish Council has given the Group a start-up grant to help them continue their work in the community, enlist more support and promote their aims and activities.
Tel: +44 (0)1543 432238
Photo: Ellie Kendric and Beci Hydon
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