A person’s carbon footprint refers generally to the amount of carbon dioxide that enters the atmosphere because of the electricity and fuel they use. It's measured in tonnes of carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas that traps the sun's heat and keeps the earth warm. High levels of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere have led to global warming, which causes climate change.
A group of people gets together with a common aim: to reduce their carbon footprint and take action against climate change. The Energy Saving Trust works with communities to engage groups and organisations in a range of projects to this end.
Community projects are essential when it comes to communicating the message about reducing emissions because everyone needs to be involved if the initiative is to have impact and influence others to take similar action.
In the words of Pippa Reeve, of Northants Climate Friendly Communities,
“There will always be the handful of enthusiastic people who are keen to reduce their carbon footprint – it's encouraging all the others to do something that’s the hard thing!”
Graham Ayling, head of the Energy Saving Trust Foundation explains what community groups can learn from the Community Energy Hub, what it’s all about - and whether we’re on the verge of a local energy boom.
There are small steps you can take to encourage your community to take action, including: recycling and reducing waste as a community, arranging meetings to discuss the opportunities for a community energy project, and forming a group to start planning possible projects.
Join the Community Energy Hub: a brand new resource for those getting involved in local renewable and energy efficiency, that has been launched as part of Community Energy Fortnight.