Monday, 30 April 2012

Z for Zero everything

Zero carbon 
The big idea is zero tolerance. 
Don’t you just love it when you see a sign proclaiming an area to have zero tolerance to alcohol - signs proclaiming an alcohol free zone and strewn around it are beer cans? Or the nuclear free zone a random town declares itself to be? Yeah?! Right!

Eco equivalents abound. 
Zero carbon footprints. We are asked to take action towards zero food wasteAll new homes in England will need to be carbon neutral by 2016 with Zero Carbon Hub conferences working towards the countdown and topics like fabric energy efficiency and carbon compliance definitions are part of the discussions - way out of my depth here...

Fancy a jargon buster to help you keep up??

I do hope these aims are more realistic than declaring a nuclear free zone in a random town in the middle of the UK.

But let me end this alphabet on a positive note. I think we can all contribute to the care of our planet in so many ways and that we should look for opportunities to make a difference wherever we can. My alphabet has just touched on 26 topics in the lightest, fluffiest way but the next challenge for me - and you I hope - is to work towards our impact being as light as possible too. 


  1. Recycling used to be that strange thing 'hippies' did, now we take it for granted that household waste will be recycled, clothes get taken to a charity shop instead of thrown out. Small steps to start with, the same will happen with the bigger things.

    It's been really great meeting you through this challenge. Well done for completing the month!

  2. I'm not sure we could ever have a "zero carbon." Plants need that stuff to produce oxygen, don't they? I like recycling. I'm all about that, and taking care of the environment. Congratulations on completing the challenge!

  3. I'm coming to this a bit late, but I've looked through some of your past A-Z posts, and what an INTERESTING focus for the challenge. There's a provincial park a few hours away that's a no light pollution zone...I think it's called a "dark sky preserve". It's so beautiful there. I sometimes feel a bit overwhelmed by the state of the world. I want to make a difference, but there's just so much to do. Small steps, right? But when it comes down to it, it's the big corporations who really have to take responsibility for their actions. I will continue to do what I can do on an individual basis, but corporations have to make some serious changes to the way that they do business.