I don't have room on my page for this so I thought I would document it here instead =D
If you were the mayor, what changes would you make in your community?
☮ I would try to make people conserve resources and energy.
☮ First people have to know what’s going on, so I would plan a campaign and use local newspapers and radio stations to make people aware of it – they can’t take part if they don’t know it’s happening. A special event is one idea, a Environmental Awareness Green Day when people can be informed about the steps they can take.
Highlight local butchers and greengrocers, as long as they source their stock locally. Cutting down on food miles is an excellent way to lower the carbon footprint of a community, and that’s especially true if it’s a rural community with easy access to meat and produce. It’s also worth discouraging the use of plastic bags – some communities have banned them – by businesses.
☮ Encourage people to travel around the community in greener ways, such as walking or on bicycles. That means fewer cars and lower emissions, all good for the environment, and walking has the added effect of making a place seem more like a community as people stop and talk on the street.
☮ Make the community, schools and council offices more carbon-friendly by lower electricity usage – turn off computers and printers at night, recycle paper and printer cartridges, for example. Encourage local businesses and offices to conduct an energy audit and then take steps to lower their energy usage, which will aid the environment. Then schools should use less paper and if it's not possible then use recycled paper, card etc. Also not using lights during then day, instead using a natural resource, it's called sunlight, as well as not having the lights on when no-one is there and if they do have to be on limit the amount that are on and the duration of time that they are on for, furthermore I would make it so all light bulbs in schools, businesses and public buildings had to be energy savine light bulbs. In addition not to have the heating on when the windows are wide open-this happens more often than not at my school!
☮ If new public offices or buildings have been proposed, try to gain support to ensure they’re green buildings with low carbon footprints. With enough public support it can happen, and the council or community will likely be willing to explore options in buildings. These green buildings can include the use of solar panels and small wind turbines to provide the power for the building. And other businesses can be encouraged to use solar on their buildings.
☮ One of the main environmental activities to encourage in the community is recycling. Many people do it without thinking, but others don’t do it at all. I would persuade more people to change to recycling, you’ll cut down on the waste in your community. Also in schools recycling would be encouraged and the facilities readily available for pupils, then once their in the habit they may start recycling at home and teaching their parents how to make a difference.
☮ Any waste ground in the community that’s owned by the council I would turn into allotments, or create a community garden for anyone especially schools and youth groups, a green space everyone can enjoy. Allotments mean more locally produced food, while a green space not only offers the community something of aesthetic value, but absorbs CO2 from the air. Also I would make sure every school has some garden area where the children could grow their own food to have from the school canteen.
☮ Also, in gardening, encourage people to compost their food waste, grass clippings and so on. The council would subsidise a local compost bin programme and even go for providing low cost water butts, which can lower the community water usage by making rainwater from house gutters available for garden use or for washing cars. As well as schools being encouraged to start a garden project.
Can't wait to do something to make a difference ☮ I'm gunna get all my mates to join with me lols