Cycling and planting [image credit]
Cycling and planting [image credit]

Labour councillors and candidates up for election to Stroud District Council in May have pledged to make their election campaign carbon negative.

‘I don’t think this has been done before and I am really excited about it,’ said Labour leader Doina Cornell. ‘The idea came from a conversation with a friend who was concerned how many leaflets we were going to print during the campaign. That got me thinking – what was the carbon footprint of the general election? Here in Stroud District we have already committed to be carbon neutral by 2030 and in this election we will be campaigning on environmental issues. We already print on recycled paper – but time to go one step further.’

Labour candidates will monitor their carbon footprint for the six weeks of the campaign, especially in relation to printed materials and use of transport. Campaigners will be encouraged to use public transport, walking, cycling and car shares whenever possible. The final amount of carbon will be calculated and more than offset by planting double the amount of trees that we need to locally. One oak tree will off-set about 3 tonnes of carbon in its lifetime.

“Because we are in a climate emergency we aren’t going to wait till May, we will be planting trees from now on. If any individuals or voluntary organisations would like trees on their land then we would encourage them to get in contact with us.” said Environment committee member Paul Denney.

Stroud District Council will have all out elections in May 2020.

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