Make Eastbourne a carbon-neutral town

Our performance to reduce global warming is ineffective compared to other similar local authority regions. Friends of the Earth revealed that Eastbourne has 5 megawatts of renewable energy available coming from natural and clean power like the sea, sun and wind- but if it were to match similar local council neighborhoods, it would have 33MW. Renewable energy can come from wind farms and solar panels; on average, 1MW of sustainable power creates enough energy for 125 homes.

Reducing waste is crucial in cutting greenhouse gases. According to the Friends of the Earth sustainability campaign report, only 39% of our household waste is composted, reused or recycled and this means that our rubbish ends up in oceans or on landfill sites and sometimes gets burnt- meaning more carbon dioxide is released into the air. The clothing industry is a huge polluter, so opt for second-hand and charity shops to hold big businesses to account by shopping at no-waste stores.

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It was also found that a mere 40% of homes are well insulated; while it may be expensive to install double-glazed windows, it works out to be cheaper in the long run because of the money saved from heating homes. The council should invest in thicker windows on council properties, which is what they have done in parts of London free of charge. The government provides grants for putting in place eco-heating like heat pumps, but there are approximately only 14 in Eastbourne, when the UK should be fitting about 1 million each year.

Affordable public transport could be improved too, lessening the need for people to drive. Liftshare, a social enterprise app, enables people to share journeys. This saves people money and is better for the environment. Visit their website to join: https://liftshare.com/uk/account/register

Tree coverage needs to increase, as Bluesky International Ltd- an aerial survey company, found that as little as 10-20% of this town is covered with trees. Trees not only reduce flood risk but provide a home for nature and improve the aesthetics of residential areas.

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If you would like to be more proactive within the community and be around like-minded people, Friends of the Earth organize meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at the Town Hall from 7-9pm.

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