What is Climate Change?
- The world’s climate is changing, and the main cause is man-made emissions that have built up in the atmosphere!
- Man-made emissions come from burning fossil fuels that release greenhouse gases such as Carbon Dioxide, Methane and Nitrous Monoxide into the air.
- For Kettering, climate change means warmer, drier summers with more heatwaves, and milder, wetter winters with more intense storms.
More and more of us are worried about the amount of plastic we generate and the impact it is having on our planet. Plastic has become part of everyday life but by signing the plastic pledge, you can reduce your plastic waste by making a few simple changes. Together we can make a difference.
- Support a new law to phase out non-essential plastics
- Buy less stuff (go for second hand where possible)
- Use reusable bags for your groceries
- Get a reusable bottle and cup
- Make a packed lunch instead of buying sandwiches
- Wash your clothes at a low temperature
Make your pledge here!
Did you know?
- 1 in 2 marine turtles have eaten plastic
- 90% of seabirds have plastic in their stomachs
- 8 million tonnes of plastic are dumped in our oceans every year
- Around 7 million coffee cups are thrown away in the UK everyday
- When plastic is littered on land or overflows from bins or waste and recycling sites it can end up in streams, which can carry it into the ocean.
Reducing Your Home Energy Footprint
The Government’s Green Deal provides advice and guidance on what changes can be made, the saving that are likely to be made and what support might be available. Typical examples of what might be suitable for a range of different houses include:
- insulation, such as solid wall, cavity wall or loft insulation
- double glazing
- renewable energy generation, such as solar panels or heat pumps
There are various ways to check if your property could benefit from energy-saving improvements:
- use the Energy Efficiency Calculator to find out how you can reduce your energy bills
- check which home energy grants you might be able to apply for
- talk to a Green Deal assessor or provider
Did you know?
The Government is providing support for home improvements that will reduce your energy consumption and your bills through the Green Homes Grant.
Or you can also talk to Simple Energy Advice
Telephone: 0800 444 202
Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm
Why not cut your carbon footprint today and save money on your energy bills at the same time!
Carbon Footprint Calculator
Try to reduce the amount of waste you produce, as this is the best way to help the environment! If you cannot avoid producing waste, try…
…Reusing – think of ways you could reuse something. Like shredding paper for your hamster rather than buying bedding or saving glass jars for storage. I f you cannot reuse something try…
…Recycling (and composting).
This enables the materials you throw away to be used again by making them into new products.
Love Food Hate Waste
Love Food Hate Waste aims to raise awareness of the need to reduce food waste and help us take action.
It shows that by doing some easy practical everyday things in the home we can all waste less food, which will ultimately benefit our purses and the environment too.
The Council currently plant around 250 native British trees around the Borough every year, with plans to increase this number to 500 per year by planting in all new developments!
Tree Planting projects around Kettering Borough:
- Meadow Road Park have 20 new trees, including species such as alder, birch, rowan, field maple and cherry trees through the park.
- Desborough Green Space have over 100 new trees, where some were donated by the Boughton estates and others were funded by local people.
Did you know?
- Planting trees helps to provide an environment which extracts carbon dioxide from the air and releases oxygen.
- Trees help to reduce erosion and pollution in our waterways!
- Trees provide food, protection and the ideal habitat for a variety of wildlife.
Electric vehicle charge points are live in the School Lane, London Road and Commercial Road car parks in Kettering!
Each location has four specially marked bays each and offers immediate access to charge your electric vehicle on a ‘plug and go’ basis.
For the step-by-step guide on how to use charging points and for more general information click here
Did you know?
- Electric modes of transport, such as electric cars or bikes, do not release any harmful emissions into the environment!
- Using public transport, such as trains and buses, is a much greener way to travel than by car.
What more can I do
There are plenty of ways we can make a positive difference to stop Climate Change. Switching to energy efficient household items, growing your own food, opting for public transport or cycling / walking on your daily commute, reducing consumption in single-use plastic, recycling and donating unwanted items to charitable organisations are just some of the ways we can help.
Local Good News
Pardon the Weeds we’re feeding the Bees Earlier this year, this initiative, undertaken by Kettering & Corby Councils’ joint street scene service to encourage wildlife growth in the area, impacted thousands of wildlife fans across the country, after the signs went viral throughout the UK!
Kettering station have been awarded over £300k to install cycle storage units at the station as part of improving light rail services and cycle facilities at railway stations funding
NCC installed first temporary cycle lane in St Marys as part of their Emergency Active Travel Fund response
Wrap recycling week
Northamptonshire’s only Refill Van offering refillable, packaging-free groceries, household liquids and earth-friendly products trades in and delivers to Kettering! This sustainable company is a weigh-and-pay style ‘refill store’ and offers a variety of goods in a safe and contact-free way. To find out when the Refill Van will be visiting Kettering’s Market Place, view the full range of products and to book your delivery or collection