Television crews momentarily broke the quiet peace of the village and spoke to Professor Roy Alexander, an Ashton Hayes resident, university lecturer and instigator of the project (alongside RSK director Garry Charnock, also a former resident). Prof. Alexander outlined some of the simple steps that can be taken by individuals and communities to reduce their carbon footprint: switching off lights, reducing red meat consumption, flying less, walking more. He was also keen to emphasise that the national target of reaching net zero emissions before 2050, which MPs are calling for, is too far in the future. “The earlier we start making these changes, the bigger effect they will have,” he stressed.
Reporters also spoke to children at Ashton Hayes Primary School. The youngsters told the nation about various projects they have implemented as part of the village’s efforts. These include a clothes banks and a greenhouse made from recycled bottles.
More information can be found on the Ashton Hayes Going Carbon Neutral website.