BTCV launches the Carbon Army

Charile Dimmock and Tom Flood at the launch of the Carbon Army. Image courtesy of BTCV.

Today, the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV) launched its new Carbon Army and pledged 3,000 days of voluntary action, one day for every delegate at the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference. BTCV’s aims to help us reduce our carbon footprints and mitigate the effects of climate change through practical conservation action. It is keen to show the positive actions people can take to minimise the effects of climate change. You can pledge an action here.

During the 3,000 Days of Action the BTCV will seek to offset the carbon emissions of all of the conference delegates through a number of planned activities all around the UK. All UK countries are involved and there is a map of activities here. These actions could see the Carbon Army:

  • Plant 1.4 million trees (enough to stretch from London to Brighton at three trees per metre), or
  • Create enough allotment space to save three million food miles, or
  • Turn an area the size of 34 Wembley football pitches in to urban green spaces.

I managed to catch a very busy Tom Flood, BTCV’s CEO, at the launch and he was able to explain what the Carbon Army is about.

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One Comment

  1. Posted 6 May, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

    We would like to offer The Carbon Army the opportunity to see just how much energy can be saved from their own homes using our unique quantified thermal images. On average each home we survey can save 340kgs of Carbon per annum. We have surveyed over 150,000 so far. So, for every three Carbon Foot Soldiers that sign up we can save 1 tonne of CO2. If we get 100 signed up – it will be charged at £50 per house. 1000 = £35 per house. 5000 and above = £10 per home.

    So thats IRT’s pledge. Not £750 per home, a heavily reduced £10. Helping you see your energy loss and start making real savings.

    Dominos charge £11.99 for a pizza these days! So skip the pizza and save yourself some carbon.

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