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New charter to help tackle climate change in Cambridge

Cambridge City Council and Cambridge Carbon Footprint have launched the Cambridge Climate Change Charter.

The charter is an initiative designed to help individuals and organisations take practical steps in their everyday lives to help play a part in tackling climate change.

A new climate change charter has been drawn up
A new climate change charter has been drawn up

It calls on residents and businesses to sign up to reduce their emissions, tackle the climate emergency and help Cambridge become a zero carbon city.

The charter launched via a special online event on Monday evening (September 7).

Speakers included Nicola Terry of Transition Cambridge, Richard Hales from Cambridge University Hospitals, Bev Sedley of Cambridge Sustainable Food, Edward Leigh of Smarter Cambridge Transport, Tom Bragg of Cambridge Carbon Footprint, and Cllr Rosy Moore from Cambridge City Council.

They discussed the new charter and how the online carbon footprint tool can help individuals and businesses reduce their own carbon emissions. The aim is to provide realistic advice and encouragement to anyone wanting to help tackle climate change.

Tom Bragg, Cambridge Carbon Footprint
Tom Bragg, Cambridge Carbon Footprint

The charter also acknowledges that 49 per cent of Cambridge’s emissions come from businesses and organisations, and so offers guidance and information on how companies can act in more environmentally-friendly ways that fit in with their objectives, including by accessing grants to reduce emissions and make savings on energy bills.

Cllr Rosy Moore, executive councillor for climate change, environment and City Centre, said: “It’s going to take a real collective effort by everyone in Cambridge to reduce our emissions, save energy and fight climate change – and the new Cambridge Climate Change Charter will provide Cambridge with a new focus for making crucial steps.

“Nobody can do it all, but if we all identify some changes we could make and pledge to take action, then collectively we can make a real difference to bringing about a cleaner, greener, carbon neutral Cambridge. "If you like some of the ideas you see on the Cambridge Climate Change Charter website, why not tell your friends, relatives and colleagues about what actions you’re taking and encourage them to sign the charter too!”

You can sign the charter at cambridgecarbonfootprint.org/charter/ .

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