WEBINAR - Practical Steps To Saving Our Carbon Footprint

  • December 12, 2013 · 7:00 PM
  • Online Meeting

In January we are holding a meeting in the House of Lords on “Climate Change: Running Out Of Time” and we hope to develop some other events and activities around this.

Some of our members are developing projects to help reduce our carbon footprint and we would like to showcase these in some of our events and this webinar is the first occasion to do this.

Senake Atureliya, one of our members has spent 18 months working on ways in which packaging could be redesigned to tackle the root causes of climate change, pollution and the increased cost of living. Making just minor changes to items that we discard every day - such as plastic carrier bags or drinks bottles - could mean that they could be used as components lowering the cost of green energy generating solutions (wind/solar/tidal and wave energy, energy saving products (insulation and heat pumps) as well as other 'buy-forget-discard products

The project is now a petition on change.org and a crowdfund on Indiegogo which you can see at http://tinyurl.com/UltraLowCostGreenEnergy.

One area of research has been into oversized domestic wind turbines. Based upon packaging components that have far less inertia and cost far less than equivalent metal or composite equivalents, the units could work well in the slow and turbulent winds found in urban areas. I


As payback periods fall from 7+ years to under 12 months, uptake of packaging based wind turbines, hot water solar and heat pumps should ramp up fast as consumers clamour to reduce their soaring energy bills.

The pollution problem would also be addressed with less people wanting to discard their used packaging and when we are all on green energy, the packaging can be redesigned to create other products that we most need next...

Our gas and electricity bills have spiraled by an extortionate 37% in three years - 8x the average rate of earnings growth - to £1,315 per household per year. With the Labour Party having promised to cap prices if they are elected, this is one hot political topic.

The government have reacted by focusing on a shift back to focusing on fossil fuels (fracking for gas) and nuclear. Investors have followed with a shift away from green (wind, solar and wave power) alternatives. 

But time is running out for us. Climate change and pollution are causing increasing occurrences of freak weather and natural disasters. Despite thousands perishing in the Phillipines typhoon, a cyclone in India, a tornado kicking off early in the US and Noah's Ark style flooding in Sardinia having all occurred in just the last few weeks, the impact on us directly has not yet proven severe and widespread enough to prioritise an en masse shift to green energy and pollution reduction.

If our own grandchildren and great grandchildren are to have a future, we need to find alternatives...and fast.

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  • Francis S.

    Just to remind you our Webinar on " Practical Steps To Saving Our Carbon Footprint is today at 7.0pm

    You can log on by click on the link at – https://onsync.digitalsamba.com/go/fs@globalnet21.org/carbon

    1 · December 12, 2013

  • Joe T.

    Is nuclear power the answer, because we are signed up to it? At its third reading on June 5, 2013 the Energy Bill was passed by the House of Commons by an overwhelming vote of 396 to 8. Suggest you see these quotes from 'Why A Green Future Needs Nuclear Power ' http://bit.ly/1fcdGyP

    December 9, 2013

    • Senake A.

      Joe - thanks for posting. I must admit, I used to be a fan of nuclear power over fossil fuels - especially fast breeder reactors - but I think that we now need something better.

      It's probably only a small amount of energy compared to the fossil fuel sources, but turning matter into heat - where it's not turned into electricity - does also contribute to hearing up our environment. Solar especially works in the opposite way...

      December 9, 2013

  • Senake A.

    For everyone who is serious about discussing or debating this topic, I can recommend the book 'Sustainability without the Hot Air' - free downloadable copies are available here: http://www.withouthotair.com/.

    It deduces our scarily high developed country consumption (125kWh per day per person) and evaluates potential generation options from first principles...

    December 4, 2013

    • Antoaneta Y.

      I am happy to already take advantage - before the webinar, thanks for sharing this book!

      December 7, 2013

  • Poppy

    I am unable to attend, but I would like to recommend a programme I followed with a small group which was dedicated to reducing our carbon footprint which can be found at http://www.greenchristian.org.uk/ecocell/ecocell-2

    December 4, 2013

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