‘Mankind has a genius for survival, often only manifested at the eleventh hour. Now is the time when we must act together to avoid the catastrophe of climate change.’ (Prince Charles, Rain Forests - The Burning Issue)
Is it our fault? Well, there are indeed two sides to every argument. The evidence points towards humans not being particularly respectful of the finely balance eco system we live in. Some argue that it’s just the earth’s natural cycle. But whatever is causing global warming, we have to adapt our working and private lives to cut our energy consumption and reduce our carbon footprint. The Climate Change Act (2008) commits the UK to an 80 per cent cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. (To achieve it tomorrow, the country would have to shut down and hibernate for more than nine months of the year.) Deciding to manage our carbon emissions by choice is not an option; legislation is making it the law. The Carbon UK Report, written by the Environmental Change Institute of The University of Oxford stated “Carbon will be the currency of the coming age.”
Is it too late? No, it is not! There are many ways to reduce your carbon footprint, from insulating your home or office to using your car less. Prince Charles himself has said “If we are constantly told that living environmentally friendly lives means giving up all that makes life worthwhile, then it is no surprise that people refuse to change.” However, we at Greensuite believe that the goal for Carbon Neutrality is not about giving up our way of life, but of embracing new, sustainable technologies to will allow us to continue to educate our children, earn a living, enjoy and live our lives to the full. For example
-Illogan School in Cornwall have saved £30,000 over 15 years by using the N Computing system for their IT Room, saving on equipment and on energy use.
-Our first PV install is already beginning to pay for itself by feeding power back into the National Grid. Taking advantage of the Governments Feed in Tariff, the home owner receives a payment for all power generated, not just the power they feed back in! The PV Panels should have paid for themselves in less than eight years.
The Future? Energy comes at a high cost, financially and environmentally. We can save the planet, those who share it with us and our pennies by investing in sustainable technologies.
“This is a coalition to provide strong and stable government for this country. The benefits of the low carbon economy are agreed between both parties; this is a priority agenda common to both manifestos”
Prime Minister David Cameron, May 2010