Brighton plans to become UK’s first ‘One Planet City’

Besi Besemar March 19, 2013

Cllr Jason Kitcat
Cllr Jason Kitcat

A sustainability action plan to make Brighton & Hove the UK’s first ‘One Planet City’ is to be considered by the council at a committee meeting on March 21.

The ‘One Planet Living’ framework has been put together by BioRegional and the World Wildlife Fund, and aims to create a future where it’s easy, attractive and affordable for all of us to lead happy and healthy lives, using a fair share of the earth’s resources.

Brighton & Hove City Council will be introducing a sustainability action plan for the next three years which will incorporate the One Planet Living principles:
• Re-tendering the council’s internal waste and recycling contract, saving £50,000
• Introducing pool bikes for business journeys totalling 1,300 miles in the first year
• New equipment to control flushing in the Brighton Centre toilets, saving 13,000 litres per day and about £9,200 per year – with a two month pay back
• A highly successful Food Partnership and a hundred local food growing projects in the city
• Re-established Fairtrade Steering Group in the city which organised recent Fair Trade fortnight events in the city
• Becoming a Living Wage employer and encouraging key partners to do the same.

Councillor Jason Kitcat, Leader of Brighton & Hove City Council, said:

“If everyone consumed resources at the rate we do in Brighton & Hove, we’d need not one, but three and a half planets to support us.

“Sustainability means more than just switching off the lights when you leave a room. It’s a difficult time for our residents, with increased unemployment, rising living costs, and reductions in public spending. We have to make Brighton & Hove sustainable and strong – not only to protect our city from stormy waters – but so that we can flourish well into the future. 

“Many organisations in the city are already working with us on One Planet Living. Together we can boost our local economy, become more resistant to price hikes in energy, fuel and food, and foster a more equal, healthy and resilient Brighton & Hove .

We are on track to becoming the world’s first One Planet City ”

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