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This Sunday is 10:10:10! How Mimimyne is joining in the celebrations

This Sunday is 10/10/10, the tenth of October 2010. This is the date that many businesses, including mine, have pledged to achieve a 10% reduction of carbon emissions. My business is home-based, and I’ve done a lot this year to achieve my target:

  1. Mimimyne has switched the office energy supply to to 100% green energy with Ovo
  2. Mimimyne has moved to a new build home office which has a great energy efficiency rating, insulation and double glazing
  3. Mimimyne has been audited and accredited by Carbon Smart 2010 and set up a new energy saving action plan
  4. Mimimyne has installed a PowerDown energy plug to turn off all computer peripherals when the PC is turned off
  5. Mimimyne now uses only bicycles or Streetcar for personal use and only bicycles or public transport for business use
  6. Mimimyne uses reclaimed or vintage office furniture and has low energy lightbulbs throughout.
  7. Mimimyne uses recycled and if possible, recyclable packaging whenever possible. All business stationery is printed on recycled paper

Mimimyne has some outstanding items on our energy saving action plan, including installing an energy monitor and composting. However, I hope to work my way through these by the end of 2010 at the latest!

For my low-carbon lunch celebration, I’ll be roasting a Sunday lunch of UK organic beef with UK grown vegetables (I’m afraid my local sourcing didn’t get much further than my local Waitrose, but the Essentials range restricts itself to only UK farmers and producers who are accredited by LEAF and are committed to protecting the environment, which is great). I’ll also make apple crumble with home grown apples from my mother’s apple trees: you can’t get more local than that! I’ll post a picture tomorrow.

10.10.10 is also my tenth wedding anniversary, so it’s be a very memorable date for me!

I am a 10:10 person!

I just signed up for 10:10, both as an individual and as a company (Mimimyne. 10:10 is an ambitious project to unite every sector of British society behind one simple idea: that by working together we can achieve a 10% cut in the UK’s carbon emissions in 2010.

Cutting 10% in one year is a bold target, but for most of us it’s an achievable one, and is in line with what scientists say we need over the next 18 months. We now know for certain that unless we act quickly to reduce our use of dirty fossil fuels, humanity will face terrible problems in the years to come. Politicians have so far failed to do what needs to be done, so it’s time for ordinary people to step in and show that we’re ready to defend our children’s futures. It’s now or never for the climate.