Low Carbon Campaign
Bristol Friends Of the Earth has started a Carbon Reduction Campaign in an attempt to arrest the adverse affects of extravagant use of carbon-based fuels. Its aims are to:

  • Raise awareness of the problem
  • To help individuals, families and organisations to estimate their contribution to the problem – known as their “Carbon Footprint” (the mass of carbon dioxide each produces annually)
  • Then to assist them to cut it down by reducing their dependence on such fuels.

The campaign encourages people to calculate their Carbon Footprint by:

  • Recording their use of fuel in the home by checking their fuel bills or meter readings
  • To note mileage on vehicles at intervals
  • To estimate other fuel use by looking at their shopping preferences and lifestyle.
  • Then there is support to reduce carbon dioxide production by reducing the more extravagant uses.

It is hoped that estimates will be made 3 monthly to record progress towards a goal.

There are many “carbon calculators” available on the Internet. It doesn’t much matter which is chosen though it is better to stick to the same one throughout. The BFoE group will mostly use http://actonco2.direct.gov.uk/index.html. There will be meetings at which help can be given in using a calculator and recording “ carbon footprints”. All are welcome – contact us for details of the next meeting.

Information on fuels, renewable energy, and measures to economise will be available, too.

The FoE group also hopes to involve the City Council by getting Councillors to reckon their own “footprints” and to adopt planning regulations to make new buildings more energy efficient. It will also examine how the various Council bodies interact on energy issues.”

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Background information
The gas, carbon dioxide, (CO2), is an end product of burning of fuels and use of food. In the atmosphere it is responsible for the greenhouse effect, trapping the sun’s energy below it. Growth of plant material extracts carbon dioxide from the air, but helpful trees and forests are being cut down. Since the start of the Industrial Revolution the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere has increased by one third. This is generally believed to be the cause of a global rise in temperature which is producing disruptive climate change. It is urgent that we cut down on the use of, particularly, irreplaceable heritage fuels such as coal, gas and oil, which are used to produce electricity and drive transport.