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Young people’s ‘green’ pledges are right on the button at Knowle West Media Centre

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This summer young people from South Bristol will join with an environmental organisation to kick-start a new programme of sustainable activity.

In 2007, when the Bristol Green Capital Partnership was formed, Knowle West Media Centre was one of the twelve founding organisations that first made the ‘Pledge‘ to work in partnership and help make Bristol a low carbon city with a high quality of life for all’.

Eight years down the line, on Wednesday 12 August, Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC) will unveil their new 15 ‘green’ pledges to mark their continued commitment to reducing their environmental impact – and a group of young people will do the same.

The Do 15 in 15 campaign was launched by Bristol 2015 in April this year, to encourage people across the city to pledge their support for Bristol’s year as Green Capital and commit to do something to help make Bristol a healthier, happier city for everyone.

The KWMC staff team during lunchtime gardening sessions

The KWMC staff team during lunchtime gardening sessions

On 12 August staff and young people involved in the work of the arts organisation and charity will push the Bristol 2015 ‘pledge button’ and formally launch their pledges.

KWMC is based in an award-winning sustainable building and throughout its 19-year history has helped people use digital technologies in ‘smart’ ways so they can reduce their environmental impact. Recent work has included monitoring electricity use and training local people to ‘upcycle’ office furniture.

KWMC Director Carolyn Hassan explains:

“Some of our Do15 pledges focus on expanding our existing work – such as using innovative digital monitors to measure heat, noise and air quality and ensure that we have a healthy working environment for staff and visitors. Others will maximise the potential of our building, such as relying more on rainwater collection and cultivating the outdoor space to include a beehive and more fruit and veg plots.”

Other actions are new, such as the pledge to reduce single-car journeys by purchasing an electric bike for use by staff, and implementing a car share scheme.

Young people aged 9-18 have been devising their own Do15 pledges at KWMC and they will release three pledges each day during their summer programme, which runs from 10-14 August and coincides with the button push event. The group has also been imagining what Bristol could look like in 15 years if all of the Do15 pledges are achieved – and the challenges and opportunities that could result in a new set of environmental promises in 2030…

The young people’s pledges for 10 August are:

  • ‘turn plugs and heating off when you go out or they’re not in use’ (from Sher)
  • ‘encourage people to put litter in the bin’ (from Joe)
  • ‘walk to school’ (from Simone)

KWMC’s pledges will be live at www.kwmc.org.uk from Wednesday 12 August – view them at www.kwmc.org.uk/projects/greenactionsfor2015

For more information about Do15 visit www.do15.co.uk

KWMC is supported by Bristol City Council and supported using public funding by Arts Council England.  KWMC’s Youth Programme is supported by BBC Children in Need.

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