To be green or sustainable you need to consider what is known as the triple bottom line: “The Environment, The People and The Local Economy.” St Austell has several initiatives underway that help you to put this idea into practice.
In order to support our local economy it is important that we buy and use services and products that are local to the area. For more information about local produce click here
http://www.cpre.org.uk is a charity that has set up a project to create a ‘food web’ This will bring together local people, food outlets and producers to achieve stronger links that will inevitably encourage the increased use of local produce in the St Austell area. Jenny Gellatly, CPRE’s South West Regional Co-ordinator for the project, said…
This project provides a fantastic opportunity for the people of St Austell and the surrounding area to meet with shopkeepers and farmers to explore local food issues. It has the potential to build links between local people, food outlets and producers, and to discover new opportunities to strengthen the local food network in and around St. Austell.
Transition St Austell
Transition groups have been set up around the world in response to the joint challenges of Climate Change and Resource Depletion, the mission of Transition St Austell is to find ways that St Austell can move to a positive, resilient, low carbon future as a matter of urgency. If you would like to find out more about Transition St Austell you can contact them via email: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Fair Trade exists to enable disadvantaged producers from poor countries to receive a better deal by supplying products at a fair price. St Austell has been given the status of a Fair Trade Town as it has a range of shops, cafes, restaurants and public places that promote fair trade products.
Here are a few places in St Austell where you can purchase and/or use fair trade products:
- Country Store Health Foods
- Smorgers Delicatessan
- The Co-op
- Good News Crusade Bookshop
- St Austell Brewery
- Wheal Martyn China Clay Country Park
- Café Barnys
- Costa Coffee
- St Austell College
- Carclaze Infant School
- Cornwall Centre for Volunteers
- Friends Meeting House
- Holy Trinity Church
- Mount Charles Methodist Church
- St Augustine of Hippo RC Church
- South Coast Church
Look out for the products with the Fair Trade LogoWhite River Place
The new shopping complex opened in 2009 in the centre of St Austell and is only the second retail scheme in the country to be awarded an ‘excellent’ rating for its environmental credentials to date. The development was praised for using responsibly sourced materials, a high content of recycled material, low energy technologies including a rainwater harvesting system, and encouragement in the use of public transport and a green travel plan.
You can also become part of Green St Austell by buying local produce, using the car less, take advantage of our ideas for Things to do without the car in St Austell joining the Transition Group and caring for your local environment by recycling whenever possible.
The Encyclopedia of the Atmospheric Environment states;
The cumulative effects of saving energy, reducing waste and adopting more environmentally friendly forms of transport by individuals would reduce the need for energy and resource consumption. In this way the actions of the individual can help to promote the conservation of natural resources like coal, oil and gas and bring about a reduction in air pollution, thereby encouraging more sustainable development.
So, what is Sustainable development? The Encyclopedia of the Atmospheric Environment calls it…
…development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
Sometimes we think that we cannot individually make changes to our world. However we can as individuals collectively make a difference. We can reduce our own energy consumption, by turning off unnecessary lights, taking showers rather than baths, walk and cycle rather than drive, use the car only for essential journeys, join a carshare scheme, recycle our household waste wherever possible and buy local produce to support our local community.
These are just a few ways to make a difference that will enable our world to continue to support humanity for generations to come. Take a look at the ‘Green’ pages to find out why we need to address this issue and how little changes to our lives will make a big difference.
As Ghandi said … Be the change you wish to see in the world