Start is a new initiative by HRH The Prince of Wales’ Prince’s Charities Foundation to help people live more sustainably. By promoting and celebrating sustainable living, Start hopes to make a real difference to our environment. Partnered and supported by a number of large and small companies and organisations, Start plans to help people make small changes that could make a big difference. Their video explains more.
The premise of the video is that there is so much information out there, much of it confusing, that people simply don’t know where to begin and so they don’t begin at all. The video suggests that by taking small steps we can effect big changes in the long term. In short, all we really need to do is ‘start’.
Start also want to empower people by presenting an inspiring picture of a sustainable future. Their research shows that many people find the language used around climate change to be so negative, it actually puts them off rather than inspiring action. Start is not about what ‘not’ to do, it’s about what you ‘can’ do. By highlighting good practice and celebrating examples of sustainable living, Start hope to motivate and influence individuals to make changes in their own lives.
Their website is a rich source of easy to understand information with ideas that anyone can use effectively to reduce their carbon footprint and help the environment. Some of them can even help you save money!
There are lots of events going on across the UK this autumn, including a nine-day summit where UK business leaders will debate the next steps to sustainability, a five day train tour on a coal fired steam locomotive by the Prince of Wales highlighting sustainable community action, and the Prince of Wales’ A Garden Party to Make a Difference to be held in the grounds of Lancaster House, Marlborough House and the official London residence of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, Clarence House. The garden party, which is being held daily from 8th to 19th September, will feature fashion, food, entertainment, concerts, home and garden displays, and even debates by everyone from celebrity gardeners and chefs to David Frost and the UK’s Chief Scientist Sir John Beddington. There will be cooking advice and demonstrations, a farmer’s market, fashion upcycling workshops by leading designers of recycled clothing and even an opportunity to learn how to make useful bags out of old fabric- some of it is the Prince of Wales’ old curtains! Music and activities for the kids make this a great family day out too. Tickets are priced at £7.50 for children and £15 for adults, and are available from Start. Click here for more details.
For those twelve days in September the place to be in London will definitely be at A Garden Party to Make a Difference, so if you can be in the London area do plan to attend. If you can’t attend, check out the Start website for more ideas about how to get involved and make a ‘start’ towards living more sustainably today!