Residents are being asked to do their bit to help secure a greener future for Middlesbrough in 2012.
Simple lifestyle changes will help to cement the town’s One Planet Living status, ensuring a healthier and more sustainable world for all.
The pledges will help to build on Middlesbrough’s recent recognition as a One Planet Town by founding organisation BioRegional following the town’s adoption of the ten principles of One Planet Living.
To continue consumption of resources at current levels would require three planets - a clearly unsustainable position which the One Planet Living framework is designed to address.
Middlesbrough Mayor Ray Mallon said: “The principles of One Planet Living are now integrated into the way we plan and deliver our services.
“Gradual changes to the way we eat, travel and dispose of waste – living a quality life within the resources the planet can provide – are helping to turn the town into a more sustainable community.
“We all have our part to play in creating a more sustainable Middlesbrough and we are here to help people make the changes that will ensure a better future for generations to come.”
Councillor Julia Rostron, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Community Protection, said: “One Planet Living is not just for councils and big organisations - individuals and households can make their own pledges towards making Middlesbrough a One Planet town.
“At this time of year people traditionally think about their lifestyles and come up with a list of resolutions such as taking more exercise, using the car less and walking more and eating more healthily.
“Lifestyle changes like these are part of a One Planet lifestyle and help to reduce your impact upon the Earth’s limited resources.
“They don’t just benefit the individual – in the long run, they can help to build a greener, safer and healthier world for us all.”
Middlesbrough Council’s Environmental Sustainability team has put together a list of suggested resolutions in line with each of the ten OPL principles – local people will no doubt come up with their own innovative ways to make a difference.
More information about One Planet Living and the changes you can make can be found on the Council’s website at www.middlesbrough.gov.uk/oneplanetliving