CLIMATE action campaigners are encouraging Stratford residents to ‘pledge for the planet’.
Eco group Stratford Climate Action has launched a campaign which aims to help people reduce their climate impact as well as increase the social influence of action against climate change.
The Pledge for the Planet campaign centres on a leaflet, which lists around 70 suggested actions people can take to reduce emissions, in the home, when travelling or shopping.
Each pledge is scored one to three points. If someone earns 40 points, or commits to ten points of new action, they earn a badge designed to spark conversations with others.
It also aims to promote stronger government action, and encourage the decarbonisation of industry and agriculture, by building social and cultural commitment as well as individual action.
Other pledges include suggestions intended to increase the social pressure for change whih the group hopes will filter through to those in power.
The pledge campaign is part of a wider collaboration, with Friends of the Earth and wellbeing charity Escape Arts, known as Plastic Planet, which brings together schools, community groups and businesses to promote environmental action ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November.
This includes encouraging people to sign up to the Guinness Book of Records Count Us In campaign. It aims to inspire a billion citizens to take steps to reduce their carbon footprint and record them, with the results totted up to demonstrate the difference it can make when millions of people take the same steps.
To promote the project, the organisations have created a display of artwork from those taking part, in the Debenhams Community Window.
Visit www.stratfordclimate.org/pledge to order leaflets or take the pledge online.
Leaflets and badges can also be collected from Plantarium cafe, in the town centre.