As a resident of Birmingham 13, I have signed up to SusMo, a local campaign set up by Moseley Forum which covers an area of 9000
households. We are looking to make Moseley a more sustainable community both by
personal action to cut our household CO2 emissions and
through community initiatives, including with local businesses, schools and other public
sector organisations and voluntary and faith organisations.
I am pictured
above promoting low-energy light bulbs
for the Energy Saving Trust's Energy Saving Week, Oct 22-28
At present (August 2008) there is a core group of about 20
people who got together following a successful public meeting. Local businesses are taking an interest, as are two
local schools. St Marys Church has
ambitious plans for renewable energy generation on the church and Moseley and District
Churches Housing Association is on board.
SusMo members have all submitted on-line pledges to reduce our
carbon footprint through
www.cred-uk.org/susmo. This gives us the opportunity to keep a record of
our progress in reducing our energy use in the home and also our CO2 emissions
Early this year, working with SusMo, I surveyed the
views of residents of Birmingham 13 on climate change issues. Click here to see a copy of this report. I have also
written an article for the September edition of the local B13 Magazine about
actions I am taking to reduce my carbon footprint. Please click
here to read this article.
I am pictured in my garden with my "bokashi"
composting kit, which enables me to convert my food waste into a rich compost
If you live in Moseley, please consider joining SusMo. Through working as a group we can learn from one
another and an element of competition helps!
Further information is on the Moseley Forum website www.moseleyforum.org.uk where notes of meetings
and events are listed. Otherwise, as well as
the CRed website, you might find the websites below of use:
Websites that aid
'environmentally friendly' living
www.freecycle.org - if you want to get rid of something that still
has a useful life, there is a Birmingham group you can join I have!
www.energysavingtrust.org.uk - independent information and advice for
www.carbontrust.co.uk - independent information and advice for
www.vcacarfueldata.org.uk - provides list of vehicles with CO2
emissions of less than 120g/km eg Toyota Prius (petrol hybrid) 104g/km (65.7mpg); Skoda
Fabia (diesel) 120g/km (65.7mpg) See also: www.dft.gov.uk/ActOnCO2/index.php?q=best_on_co2_rankings
- charity promoting responsible car use
- pay as you go cars
www.transport2000.org.uk - promotes socially responsible transport policies
www.lightbulbs-direct.com - low energy light bulbs (including small candles
and pingpong and spotlights not readily obtainable in shops yet!
Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth
www.greenroofconsultancy.com the benefits of building integrated vegetation
www.growyourownenergy.org.uk calculator for financial benefits of energy savings
www.recycleworks.co.uk - domestic recycling and composting equipment
Cycles in Moseley, with thanks to 'Moseley in Bloom'
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