Manchester’s Queen Victoria in Piccadilly Gardens has had a few commuters puzzled today. Like the statue of John Dalton (just off Oxford Road) they’ve been decorated with an alternative ‘CBE’ medal. This award is not a run-up to the Olympics as our bemused commuters may be thinking.
Today these awards are to have a bit of fun and mark the link-up between Friends of the Earth and two energy providers, Good Energy and Ecotricity.
The whole thing is duplicated on statues across the country and is aimed at boosting clean British power.
We’re all being urged to back the campaign – and show our support for renewable power by switching their energy supply to one of the two suppliers – at the campaign website www.cleanbritishenergy.co.uk.
The Clean British Energy campaign calls on the Prime Minister to cut carbon emissions and create new jobs and industries by supporting home-grown energy from the wind, sun and water. Recent polling by Friends of the Earth shows 85 per cent of people in the UK want Cameron to ditch dirty, imported fossil fuels in favour of renewable power sourced in the UK.
I fully support moving away from fossil fuels, although I’m a bit more dubious about how successful wind energy and water will be in generating the amount of energy we’ll require over the next 10 to 15 years.
Anyway check out the web site and see what you think.