Once a year, we all come together to showcase and celebrate what the team are doing and encourage more people to be part of it as Green Britain Day.
Within my role at London 2012, I get the privilege of working with the EDF Energy education team. It's fantastic seeing the results and achievements – with over 1,300 schools going green for the team. So far the figures on the Join the Pod website are showing savings of:
- 5648.7 kilograms of carbon through choosing more eco-friendly transport;
- 768,028 litres of water – or about 9,599 baths;
- 8854.79 kWh of energy – equivalent to leaving a PC on for 297 days; and
- 12.8 cubic metres of waste – or about 53 household wheelie bins.
In line with the International Year of Biodiversity, EDF Energy also launched the biodiversity element of the Pod (part of Get Set, the London 2012 education programme) earlier this year. I am extremely impressed with the take-up of biodiversity projects over such a short space of time – 225 so far.
Tomorrow, over 100 schools will be planting more than 5,000 native saplings with the Earth Restoration Service as part of their Green Britain Day activities. Children will have the opportunity to act as nursery managers and grow the trees until they are ready to planted in their permanent homes in 2012. We look forward to hearing more about these trees and their journeys leading up to 2012...