Save Our Shropshire helps people protect the planet by changing lifestyles through learning to live well for the planet

Handle our planet with care and it will care for us

It’s urgent. This is how much time we have left to achieve Net Zero emissions:

OUR FOCUS

Our driving passion is to improve the lives of our children, and grandchildren on a planet that still works for them.

We provide education approved by the Carbon Literacy Project.

The workshops will help you buy, travel, eat, use energy, build, and plant well for the planet. You will change your lifestyle away from dependence on harmful fossil fuels to one that ensures the future of our planet. It could also save you money.

The Carbon Literacy Project are committed to bringing about change through understanding. People who come on our courses can get a certificate of their “literacy”. You have to prove your understanding and make pledges to reduce your own and a group’s impact on the environment. The education means you will have the confidence to help others change their lifestyles.

THE FACTS

Human beings have had the capacity to destroy our planet. Human beings must now take action to save it. We must stop it from becoming another barren rock circling the sun.

Let’s start with the facts. See this video from BBC TV by David Attenborough to understand why there is an emergency and what we must do about it together.

We face a climate emergency – the facts

Shropshire is one of many counties committed to preventing disasters from happening here and in the rest of the world. However, we see that this will only become reality if the 200,000 households in Shropshire take action to live carbon-neutral lives.

BEHAVIOUR CHANGE

The actions we need to take require a huge behaviour change. We need to change the source of energy we use, drive less in electric cars and buses. We need to change what we eat. We need to insulate our homes better. We need to reduce the amount of air travel we make. Businesses need to change their products, the way they work and how they buy. Farmers need to change farming practices.

“We are at a unique stage in our history. Never before have we had such an awareness of what we are doing to the planet, and never before have we had the power to do something about that. Surely we all have a responsibility to care for our Blue Planet. The future of humanity and indeed, all life on earth, now depends on us.”  David Attenborough.

We need to change because the human-made release of carbon dioxide and other harmful gases has caused global warming. This has meant the climate has rapidly changed over the years, and has visibly led to floods, famine and fires. These changes threaten the future of the life of people and animals on the planet.

SAVE OUR SHROPSHIRE WORKSHOPS

We run three courses for :

  • Local authority leaders/managers
  • Town/parish councillors
  • Householders.

They are designed to help you understand the basic science, your impact on the planet, and what you can do to change your and others’ lifestyles to protect the planet. Click on the following button to get more detail:

WHY EDUCATION?

Human beings change habits slowly, and only if they think it is good for them. Losing weight is good. Losing weight is easy. Just eat less and exercise more. And yet, so many people find it difficult to do so.

Change happens because of two ingredients – knowledge and enthusiasm. Once we know and understand why what we do today is bad, we will then move on to being positive and enthusiastic about changing our ways of life. We will then take action. Education is the key ingredient for change. The following statement is a great “Chinese Proverb” that summarises the need for education.

Teach a man to fish

It is easy to say the national and local governments should take the action. However, they will not take action unless people proactively show what they want, and make the required changes in their own lives. This must be based on knowledge and a full understanding of why they should change their behaviour.

If people understand that houses must be built to an energy standard that will reduce carbon emissions, they will insist on that standard. They will then support changes in planning regulations that will enforce that type of construction.

When people understand that they must stop buying petrol or diesel vehicles, they will buy vehicles that will radically reduce carbon consumption, and create a demand for the infrastructure for electric vehicles.

Education will mean that the action to tackle climate change will be demand-led, and not supply-imposed.

We recall that great phrase that President Kennedy said at his inaugration, “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.”

You can learn more about the science and the issues under the heading learn. Click on the following button to go there:

THE SIZE OF THE PROBLEM

Today each household in Shropshire consumes harmful gases which add up to around 18 Tonnes of Carbon Dioxide equivalent. The following diagram illustrates the situation for the Shropshire Council area:

Shrewsbury and Shropshire Council area Carbon consumption.: source CSE Exeter University

The following similar chart illustrates the data for the Telford and Wrekin council area – 15 tonnes:

Wellington and Telford and Wrekin Council consumption: source CSE Exeter University

Our aim is to get to net zero by 2030. That means that the planet’s natural state is that human beings emit and take out of the atmosphere no more than the planet can manage. It is set to 2030 because in that way we can stop the planet from heating by more than 1.5 degrees centigrade more than the average temperature between 1850 to 1900 (the industrial age). Scientists have worked out that this will lead the planet to a steady state balanced situation. To do this in Shropshire, we need to change our diet to reduce our emissions of harmful gases. We need to change our buildings so that they are insulated better, and we use less oil and gas to heat them and use less electricity. We need to change our travel from using oil and petrol towards using renewable energy and hydrogen. We need to buy less to ensure that we reduce the carbon content of what we buy. We need to learn to live well for the planet.

We have a list of actions you can take on our website, listed by areas where you can take action: