Parents vow to start changing their little bit of the world
The Westbury Park parent eco-group has started a new community campaign: ‘A greener Westbury Park 2021’.
The aim is to reduce the collective carbon footprint of the neighbourhood and help work towards the Bristol City Council goal of carbon neutrality by 2030.
It can be difficult to know where to start with such an ambitious goal so the group are breaking it down into achievable monthly targets. In January they are hoping to inspire their neighbours, friends and fellow parents at Westbury Park Primary School to join them in trying a more carbon reduced diet such as eating less meat or dairy. After this, a plastic reduction month is planned, followed by recycling more.
The eco-group was set up by parents of young children who were very concerned about the impact of climate change on the future of their children. They decided to work together locally with the community in Westbury Park to reduce carbon emissions.
Lou Cullen, one of the group founders, explains: “We’re a group of parents committed to creating a greener, more sustainable environment for our community and for the future of our children. Although we can’t change the world, we wanted to start with our little piece of it.”
Their first big project was getting involved in the organisation of the yearly summer party at the local primary school on Bayswater Avenue in 2019. They worked towards making this waste-free with the use of reusable cups, refillable water stations, reusable hand sewn decorations and recycling stations.
For Christmas 2020 the group compiled a comprehensive list of options for shopping locally, published on their website. They are also publishing weekly green tips in the school newsletter and would be keen to collaborate with other schools on this.
Get in touch via https://agreenerwestburypark.weebly.com if you would be interested in either joining the campaign of monthly green goals for all or in receiving weekly eco-tips for a community newsletter.