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THINK GLOBALLY, ACT LOCALLY: CREATING A WEB TO SHARE SUSTAINABILITY

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To coincide with the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, Gloucestershire County Council is pro...
To coincide with the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, Gloucestershire County Council is promoting its new website which forms part of GlosNet.

The website, Sustainability in Gloucestershire, has information on what local councils, partnerships and projects are doing towards sustainable development in Gloucestershire. It explores the themes of sustainability, provides examples and shows how local people are getting involved. There are also regional, national and international links.

Sustainability is an important issue; everyone wants to live in a clean, healthy, stable and equitable world. Today, more than ever, there is a need to agree on how to bring about change that improves well-being, respects the environment and does not compromise opportunities for future generations.

Councillor Bob Eccles, Portfolio Holder for Sustainable Development and the Environment said: 'Gloucestershire County Council's vision clearly states that we are committed to making sure that everything we do will be guided by the principles of sustainability, equality of opportunity and social inclusion.'

The big issue is how to improve people's lives and conserve our natural

resources in a world that is constantly changing and growing in population.

Increasing demands are made upon society in terms of food, water, energy,

sanitation and shelter. The World Summit, which starts on August 26 and runs

until September 4, aims to focus the world's attention and actions towards

meeting these challenges.

Sustainability in Gloucestershire can be found

here.

NOTE

Gloucestershire has achieved much since the famous Rio Earth Summit of 1992.

Local communities, together with the county and district councils have produced Local Agenda 21 plans to identify what needs to be done in the county.

Partnerships have been formed and many projects set up to achieve sustainability locally. These range from local food production, car sharing schemes and sustainable woodlands to waste recycling and improved participation.

Examples of Gloucestershire based sustainability projects and initiatives: Car sharing - Gloucestershire County Council (along with a number of other local employers) operates a scheme to encourage employees to share lifts to work. A number of parking spaces at Shire Hall are only available to cars carrying two or more people.

Meadowside School, Quedgeley was designed to encourage sustainability. It reuses water, conserves energy, makes the maximum use of natural light, and has its own wildlife meadow and pond. Many aspects of the school's construction and operation are open to view to teach the pupils about sustainability.

Gloucestershire Food Links is currently a partnership between Made in Stroud, a not-for-profit company which runs the successful Made in Stroud market and shop, and Forest Food Links, a Vision 21 project which produced the Forest Food Directory and managed the first Forest Food Festival. They aim to support and run activities which promote the wonderful local produce of Gloucestershire to the county's residents,

businesses and visitors.

Get It Sorted - Gloucestershire Waste Campaign - An attempt to change the waste disposal habits of Gloucestershire residents forever through recycling. Gloucestershire's seven local authorities work in partnership to collect and dispose of domestic waste, striving to recycle as much as possible. A small non-profit organisation, with big aspirations, it promotes responsible waste management across the county. With the amount of waste sent to the landfill in Gloucester always increasing, it is vital to highlight the problem and bring real benefits to the county's environment and economy. Remember Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Compost!

Examples of campaigns:

March 2002- Reusable nappies campaign

April 2002- Composting campaign

May 2002- Unwanted mail campaign

www.getitsorted.org

Facts about Gloucestershire's Waste:

* Gloucester residents put 41,412 tonnes of rubbish in their wheeled bins in 2000.

* Almost half of the average Gloucestershire household refuse bin is made up of waste that could be composted.

* In 2000/01, Cotswold Council made 9,924 collections of bulky household waste, 47% of which was reused or recycled.

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