THE British High Commission (BHC) in Port Moresby has joined individuals, educational institutions and organisations in the UK, by signing up with the 10:10 Campaign on reducing carbon emissions by 10% this year.
British High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea, David Dunn said climate change was everyone’s problem and combating its human element was everyone’s responsibility.
“The 10:10 Campaign is a challenge to see what practical things can be done daily to reduce our carbon footprint at work and at home.
“Colleagues have already come up with some great carbon saving ideas, like cutting down on the use of gas guzzling vehicles, car sharing, installing environmentally-friendly air conditioning and running it at 24.5 degrees, using more efficient double sided printer units, switching off air conditioning, lights, computer screens and power points when out of the office and at home and more recycling,” he said.
BHC’s progress on achieving the 10% cut by the end of the year would be marked against its 2009 carbon footprint baseline and the results would be made public at the end of December.
BHC local staff association chairman Kila Kome said: “All of us in PNG are acutely aware that our climate is changing.
“By participating in the 10:10 Campaign, we all feel that we are doing our bit, however small, to change our own consumption patterns and to think twice about the negative impact our lives are having on mother earth.
“If we are to preserve the planet for our children and future generations, we all need to get involved and save our environment.”
More than 58,000 individuals, 2,300 companies, 1,555 educational institutions and more than 40 BHCs throughout the world have already signed up for the 10:10 Campaign.