Going Green

    The start of a new year is as good a time as any to think about cleaning up your life. But this is no reference to fad diets or gym memberships. This is about something much bigger that will benefit others now and in the future as well as yourself; this is about ‘going green’.

    Few of us have the power to make such environmentally significant decisions as whether to build an extra runway or back a nuclear power station. But we do still make decisions with environmental implications every day as we go about our home and working lives.

    Below are links to articles that explore simple changes you as social care practitioners can make to help save the planet, including advice on how to go about this and examples from those who are already giving it a go.

    Greenwich Youth Inclusion Project plants the seeds for a greener future

    Editorial Comment: Make social work greener

    Tips for going green at work and at home

    How sustainable schools are meeting the Every Child Matters agenda

    Sustainable living: Chris Martin’s goes green for a day at work

    How eco-town plans could see community social work back in fashion

    How Anderida Adolescent Care has become more eco-friendly

    Raising the next generation without harming the planet

    Drive green: the Ford C-Max

    Watford New Hope Trust’s furniture recycling project for homeless people

    Social care must prepare for the effects of climate change

    Holidays and carbon footprints: our lust for foreign travel should be quelled

    If you have an interesting experience of ‘going green’ and any resistance or support you encountered at work as a result, please email your comments to us comcare.letters@rbi.co.uk.



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