Water water bottled everywhere

This is a guest post from Martin Brown. He is a blogger on the built environment at isite and can be found on twitter @martinbrown. If you’d like to write a guest post for Preston Blog check out how you can get involved.

Lancashire's public bodies have been splashing out on bottled water

Lancashire's public bodies have been splashing out on bottled water

The Lancashire Evening Post has revealed the cost in terms of money and carbon foorprint of Lancashire’s public organisations using bottled water rather than tap water.

Almost £100,000 of Lancashire taxpayers’ money was spent on bottled water in one year, despite health bosses advising people to drink tap water.

The Evening Post can reveal Lancashire County Council spent £35,944 on bottled water last year while NHS Central Lancashire spent nearly £18,000 even though a litre of tap water costs less than 1p

But perhaps there is another cost, seemingly hidden, and that is the environmental (carbon) cost of water transportation, of disposing or recycling the plastic bottles and alarmingly the damage to the environment from plastic bottles and bottle caps, as demonstrated in this ‘must watch’  TED talk: the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

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What will Preston be doing for Earth Hour?

Google showed its support for Earth Hour 2008

Google showed its support for Earth Hour 2008

On Saturday 28th March 2009 the world will turn out its lights to send a message to world leaders that the world’s natural resources at running out and something needs to be done.

The question is, what will Preston be doing in 2009 for Earth Hour? Already local authorities across the UK have been signing up to Earth Hour and pledging to turn the lights out where they can to save energy. Preston City Council appears to have signed up and will be taking the pledge to turn off lights on March 28th where possible.

The event is organised by the WWF (Worldwide Fund for Nature) and here’s what it’s all about:

Earth Hour 2009 is a global call to action to every individual, every business and every community. A call to stand up, to take responsibility and to get involved in working towards a sustainable future. Iconic buildings and landmarks from Europe to The Americas will stand in darkness. People across the world will turn off their lights and join together in creating the vital conversation about the future of our precious planet.

Watch the official Earth Hour 2009 video

So, what will you be doing for Earth Hour? Will you be taking part? Will you be doing nothing and carrying on as normal? Are you hosting an event?