The Greening Alton and Holybourne Campaign started with a small group of energetic members from Alton Friends of the Earth in January 2008. The early committee soon increased from 11 to 22 members. We published the ‘10 challenges’ for our Phase One Challenge Cards campaign. This involved asking every household to make at least five out of ten simple ‘challenges’, Examples included changing three light bulbs, walking or cycling if the journey is less than one mile and turning off the lights when you leave a room.
The official launch of the Challenge Cards in June 2008 comprised a ‘green ideas competition’ for local schools, short cycle routes and groups ‘walking a mile’ to the public gardens where we staged a concert and an exhibition of ‘green technologies’ in the community centre.
We hit the heights in Phase One with a massive carbon saving across the town of 213 tonnes of CO2.
We are now focussing on three community projects: