There’s still time to take part in the Communities Living Sustainably in Dorset (CLS) survey and you could win £50 to spend at the Real Food Shop, a shop that comes to you, full of local produce: meat, dairy, fruit, vegetables, preserves, drinks, and more. The survey, open until 31st Jan 2016, can be found at https://goo.gl/2eeb11 and hard copies are available from [email protected] or 07507 321954.
CLS, which is supported by the BIG Lottery Fund aims to help people to adapt to climate change and become more environmentally friendly. The survey, which repeats similar surveys run in 2014, and 2015, explores what people think and do about climate change and the environment. We want to hear from as many local people as possible so do fill it in; it should only take 10 minutes.
Responses from our 2015 survey were very encouraging, around three-quarters of respondents felt that they were well informed about climate change, and felt they had a good understanding of how to be environmentally friendly. Many felt that they were more environmentally friendly than they had been in the previous year, and some said this was due to being involved with activities run by CLS.
Emily Bullock, Greener Choices Co-ordinator for CLS said: “It’s really encouraging to see that people are taking action to look after the environment and that many would like to do even more. There is plenty of room for improvement though: while many do ‘easy’ actions like turning off the tap while brushing their teeth, there is lots of room for improvement in terms of turning down the heating, driving less, insulating walls and roofs, and fitting water saving devices. These are clearly more difficult but they also make a bigger difference and save more money and energy.”
All those who take part in the survey will have the option to enter a free prize draw to win a hamper of local food provided by the Real Food Shop, a mobile shop providing fruit, vegetables, dairy, and meat products produced by a co-operative of small holders in West Dorset, South Somerset and East Devon.
Photo: Real Local Food– photographer Laurie Walters