These teenagers have launched a new green group in Gedling and the campaigning has already begun

 These teenagers have launched a new green group in Gedling and the campaigning has already begun

PICTURED: The new coasters being distributed as part of the new campaign

A new environmental group formed by teenagers in Gedling are calling on people in the community to start living more sustainable lifestyles

Notts Environmental Action have begun a campaign that they hope will encourage people to start having important conversations about how to save the environment.

They have produced a series of coasters which have been distributed around local pubs and restaurants in the area that feature a series of important environmental statistics. The group hope the coasters will encourage customers to have some important conversations about the damage being done to the environment.

Jade Oram is one of the members of the new group and has written a blog for Gedling Eye about why they formed the group and what they hope to achieve with their new campaign.

PICTURED: The new coasters being distributed as part of the new campaign

Blog by Notts Environmental Action

As of 2018, it was announced by environmental scientists, that this planet officially has until 2030 to turn everything around for the environment, or the damages will be irreversible. 

How does it make you feel reading that? For me, and my colleagues who have helped me write this article, it is petrifying. As 15 year olds, words cannot express how it feels to know that by time we reach the modest age of 26, the planet may well be at a stage where the damage already sustained to it is irreversible. 

WE ARE NO LONGER WILLING TO BE BYSTANDERS. WE HAVE DECIDED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

We have formed ‘Notts Environmental Action’. We are small but efficient group of 15-16 year olds from Gedling and recently launched our ‘Coaster Campaign’ to encourage the local community to live more sustainable lifestyles. All being well, you will see one of our coasters in a restaurant near you…

So what is our ‘Coaster Campaign?’ Well, we have liaised with local businesses, bars and pubs in Gedling and the surrounding areas and can confirm that, from next week, they will be actively using coasters provided by us during the normal course of business.

When you come across one of our coasters, you will know about it! Not only is their design bright and eye catching, but each coaster has written on it an important statistic about our environment. We hope this will help start those all important conversations. So – say goodbye to awkward silences whist on a date with a prospective partner – use one of our coasters as a conversation starter!

The harm being done to our environment is huge – but nonetheless, there are still small steps we all can take. If our coasters can help educate you, and in turn, encourage you to be more aware of environmental matters – we will be delighted.

Nick Salt

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