Which one thing are

The theme of this year’s Green Fes­ti­val is Do One Thing, so here HAN­NAH GRAY finds out what some Peter­bor­ough res­i­dents of pledged to do, and the sim­ple things we can all do at home.

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

BE­ING green doesn’t have to be about big ges­tures – that is one of the key mes­sages com­ing out from this year’s Green Fes­ti­val.

Link­ing to the fes­ti­val’s theme of Do One Thing, city res­i­dents are be­ing en­cour­aged to find small ways to help the en­vi­ron­ment.

From switch­ing off the TV rather than leav­ing it on standby, to buy­ing or­ganic food, there are a host of things we can all do, that to­gether would make a huge dif­fer­ence.

At the Green Fes­ti­val launch event on Satur­day, vis­i­tors could have their pho­to­graphs taken at a com­edy sea­side-style photo booth and make pledges of the small ways in which they would help the en­vi­ron­ment.

Among those do­ing so were Mil­lie and Keith Airey from Oun­dle.

Mil­lie pledged to choose prod­ucts with less pack­ag­ing.

She said: “I hate waste and I think it’s so waste­ful, the amount of pack­ag­ing they put on stuff, when they use pack­ag­ing in­side pack­ag­ing.

“Ad­mit­tedly you do need some some­times but some things are re­ally ridicu­lous.”

Keith pledged not to leave the TV on standby.

“It tends to end up on standby when I fall asleep in front of it,” he said. “It’s other things on standby as well, when you think ‘I’ll come back to that so I won’t switch it off’.”

Heart Break­fast Show host Kev Lawrence, who was com­per­ing the launch event, also joined in, again pledg­ing to buy prod­ucts with less pack­ag­ing.

He said: “All the pledges there are im­por­tant to me, as the whole ethos of think­ing greener and think­ing smarter about how we live our lives is vi­tal.

“I think it’s im­por­tant for ev­ery­one to try and think about how to do their bit.

“It winds me up when you’re in the su­per­mar­ket and you see the small­est of prod­ucts wrapped up to get peo­ple to buy them.

“If we buy less of them, it might get the man­u­fac­tur­ers to make less of them.”

Ciara Baker (15), who was vol­un­teer­ing with Green Fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ers Peter­bor­ough En­vi­ron­ment City Trust (PECT) pledged to cy­cle or walk more.

She said: “I picked that one be­cause I al­ways get my par­ents to drive me around and I think it would be health­ier if I walked, and bet­ter for the en­vi­ron­ment.”

PECT em­ployee Ja­nine Star­ling used the op­por­tu­nity to com­mit to sort­ing out her wa­ter sup­ply at home by set­ting up a wa­ter butt.

She said: “I have got a wa­ter butt in my gar­den but it’s not con­nected. I’ve been re­ally lazy about it and I haven’t sorted it out so this will re­mind me to do it.

“Also be­cause I’ve just planted a lot of veg­eta­bles in my gar­den it will help me to wa­ter those.” The top 10 eas­i­est and best ways to do one thing Change the way you shop. Show your sup­port for busi­nesses that care with your shop­ping choices.

There are three key strands to this – buy­ing or­ganic, buy­ing lo­cal and mak­ing sure it’s green and eth­i­cal.

Buy­ing or­ganic elim­i­nates chem­i­cal fer­til­iz­ers and pes­ti­cides, and buy­ing lo­cal re­duces harm­ful food miles. Eth­i­cal prod­ucts en­sure com­pa­nies think about how things are made, and the peo­ple mak­ing them. Look

out for: Or­ganic wines such as Cono Sur, veg boxes from River­ford Or­ganic, prod­ucts that have the Fair­trade mark, and eco-friendly clean­ing prod­ucts, such as those made by Ecover. Get in­volved with your lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment.

Vol­un­teer­ing or be­com­ing a mem­ber of a lo­cal en­vi­ron­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion is a great way to “do your bit”.

Vol­un­teer for the Wildlife Trust – www.wildlifebcnp.org/ ac­tiv­i­ties-vol­un­teer­ing.htm

Be­come a mem­ber of the Wildlife Trust – www. wildlifebcnp.org/sup­por­t­us­mem­ber.htm

Sup­port the Wood­land Trust – www.wood­landtrust.org. uk/en/sup­port-us/Pages/save­woods.aspx

Vol­un­teer for Rail World – www.railworld.net/ vol­un­teer­ing.php

Vol­un­teer for Peter­bor­ough Con­ser­va­tion Vol­un­teers – www.p-c-v.co.uk

Help cre­ate an ur­ban com­mu­nity green space at the Green Back­yard in London Road – www.the­green­back­yard.com Visit green lo­cal spa­ces

Check out the Wildlife Trust web­site for re­serves lo­cally:

www.wildlifebcnp.org/ re­serves/in­dex.php

Don’t for­get Nene Park – it’s on the doorstep and pro­vides many op­por­tu­ni­ties for en­joy­ing the great out­doors: www.nenepark-trust.org.uk Get back to na­ture.

Go along to the Green Fes­ti­val fi­nale on Sun­day, June 6 for the BBC Spring Watch Re­ally Wild Day Out.

It’s a chance to learn a bit more about lo­cal wildlife and help Nene Park Trust sur­vey the dif­fer­ent species in Ferry Mead­ows. Find out more about BBC Spring Watch at www.bbc. co.uk/spring­watch

With the wider coun­try­side frag­ment­ing and cli­mate change tak­ing its toll, gar­dens are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly vi­tal.

While an in­di­vid­ual gar­den may be small, up to a quar­ter of a city’s area is made up of gar­dens. So, when viewed to­gether they form a large patch­work which bridges to­gether ur­ban green ar­eas with na­ture re­serves and wider ru­ral land­scapes.

Make sure your gar­den is as wildlife friendly as pos­si­ble: www.wildlifetrusts.org Re-use

There are lots of op­por­tu­ni­ties to put this “do one thing” into prac­tice over the course of the Green Fes­ti­val this year. To­day is of­fi­cially re-use day, with two events ded­i­cated to us­ing our planet’s re­sources wisely.

The first, a Swish, is de­signed for ladies that love fashion. If you have nearly new clothes and ac­ces­sories that never leave the wardrobe and you’d like to swap them for stuff you’ll wear, this is the event for you.

The event costs £5 to at­tend and is be­ing held at Sue Ry­der’s Thorpe Hall, start­ing at 6pm. In­cluded in the ticket price is a glass of de­li­cious or­ganic wine from Green Fes­ti­val spon­sor Cono Sur. The same evening in­tro­duces a first for Peter­bor­ough – the beer-drink­ing, Call-of­Duty play­ing, armwrestling brother of the Swish... Cadge-IT.

This swap shop for boys is free, will be held at the Brew­ery Tap, and also kicks off at 6pm.

The

pledge: Mil­lie and Keith Airey mak­ing their green prom­ises at the Green Fes­ti­val

launch.

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