Make it a #GreenNewYear – residents encouraged to embrace sustainable habits as part of new campaign

12 January 2021

Wearing clothes for longer. Making short trips by foot. Cutting down on gas and electric bills. This New Year, Brent Council is encouraging residents to make a green resolution.

Cllr Krupa Sheth, Lead Member for Environment at Brent Council, said: “Lots of these Green New Year resolutions are not only better for the planet, they’re also better for people’s health and their pockets.

  1. Wear clothes for longer and buy second-hand where you can. Fashion is thought to be responsible for 10% of global emissions – more than aviation and the shipping industry combined.
  2. Walk or bike short trips (within lockdown rules). Driving dirties the air we breathe. What’s more, research suggests that air pollution could be up to 10 times worse inside your car
  3. Make your home more energy efficient. Even small things like using LED lightbulbs helps the planet and could save you money on your bills. If you own your home, you might want to consider bigger changes to insulation and heating – in many cases, the Green Homes Grant can help towards the cost.

The campaign comes in the final week of the consultation on the Draft Climate Emergency Strategy. Last November, the Council outlined proposals to boost green infrastructure and make homes cheaper to heat. Residents are being invited to comment until Friday 15th January.

Cllr Sheth added: “2020 showed how global events can have local consequences. Climate change will be no different, unless we act now. If you’re looking to make a change this January, please consider making it a #GreenNewYear.”

Find out more on the climate emergency section of the council’s website, which is packed with tips and links to further support for taking action on climate change. www.brent.gov.uk/climateemergency