Thursday, 7 April 2011

Thursday, 7th April - Carbon Trust

Always doing 100 things at the same time, I changed my will today to include the Alzheimer's Society which I've supported for a long time as growing up in a rest home, I came into contact with many wonderful people whose fantastic life and spirit was taken away by this horrible affliction.

I am also passionate about the environment and the planet; I nearly had a hissy fit in Sainsbugs last week when I saw a family of 6 buying trolleyloads of shopping. Between the six of them, it had not occurred to them to bring any carrierbags or even to use the boxes that are behind the checkouts. As S's bags are bright orange, the effect seemed to be multiplied. I took this very wonky picture of one of their trollies in front of a sign about the environment....

Anyway, in a bit too much haste (and still pondering the plural of "trolley"...) I have left some money in my will for the Carbon Trust which I thought was a charity dedicated to reducing carbon emissions. Close! It's a non-profit organisation, but its aims are broadly the same, although it targets businesses rather than families.

The 2008 Climate Change Act made Britain the first country in the world to set legally binding ‘carbon budgets’, aiming to cut UK emissions by at least 80% by 2050. To achieve these ambitious targets, widespread action is needed right now.
The Carbon Trust provides specialist support to help business and the public sector boost business returns by cutting carbon emissions, saving energy and commercialising low carbon technologies. By stimulating low carbon action we contribute to key UK goals of lower carbon emissions, the development of low carbon businesses, increased energy security and associated jobs.

Ironically, I was rushing a bit because I needed to do this and all of my work before going to a conference about "living in the now" and not overworking and doing 100 things at once!

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