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Giant carbon bubble helps raise awareness of climate change

Posted on Friday 22nd April 2022

Cllr Victoria Wilson with James Cartwright, Sustainability Manager at Staffordshire County Council.

People in Stafford got the chance to learn more about climate change with help from a huge bright orange ‘carbon bubble’ that descended on Market Square. 

The 10 metre bubble installation for International Earth Day, taking place today, helped people to visualise how their daily activities can impact carbon emissions.

Staff from Staffordshire County Council’s climate change team spoke to people and offered advice and tips to help them understand what they can do to reduce their own carbon footprint.

The county council has pledged to be net zero by 2050 and has already reduced its carbon emissions by 40 per cent through initiatives such as switching to run buildings on green energy and replacing streetlights with LED bulbs.

Victoria Wilson, Cabinet Member for Communities and Culture at Staffordshire County Council, met with staff at the event in the Market Square.

Victoria said:

“Climate change is something that affects us all and having the giant bubble in the square was a great way of raising awareness and getting people talking about the issue and what we can do to help tackle it.

“Staffordshire creates about 5.8 million tonnes of carbon each year and the average resident produces about 5.3 tonnes a year.  But making small changes in our lives such as walking and cycling more, reducing energy use, cutting waste and recycling more can all make a big difference if we all work together.”

The carbon bubble was transferred to Stafford using electric vehicles and was inflated using generators which run on 100 per cent renewable materials.  It’s the first time the bubble has appeared in the Midlands.

Other initiatives being delivered by the county council include an Air Aware campaign, encouraging schools and businesses to increase walking and cycling and using greener transport methods to improve town centre air quality. Thousands of trees have also been planted on business development sites and green spaces, which will also help mark the Queen’s Green Canopy jubilee programme.

People can find out more about Earth Day 2022 at: www.earthday.org.

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