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The first Green Britain DayPrint

TGB 2009 - Concert - Florence

Date & time: July 10, 2009

Location: United Kingdom

Communities, schools and businesses came together to ‘do something green for the team’ and reduce the country’s carbon footprint.

Green events, from bike rides to tree planting, took part in schools and communities across the UK as people found ways to reduce their carbon footprint today and tomorrow.

Brimingham-based pop star Jamelia promised to offset her regular commute down to London by getting on her bike more often, "Green Britain Day is a great opportunity to show how Brits can rise to the challenge of climate change and have fun at the same time. Hopping on the bike rather than taking the car helps my health, my finances and the environment. It's also a fantastic way to get the family out and about together."

Danielle Lineker pledged to cut back on plastic shopping bags, time in the shower and time in front of the telly while broadcaster Lauren Laverne vowed to eat more seasonally and locally and even began growing her own vegetables. Her first steps as a vegetable gardener included buying an essential eco-tool - worms! Wormeries are a great way to make garden compost out of food waste.

But these were just three of thousands of pledges made by stars, Olympians and school children, many of which were displayed on the back of bicycles and ridden to London where they were presented to the Minister of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change, Greg Barker. And it turns out, plenty of MPs were on board with the Green Britain Day message, too.

Reducing our carbon footprints will make a positive difference to both the environment and our energy bills. Even small changes in our daily lives can add up to a big difference so today I am happy to be supporting Team Green Britain, said Mr Barker.

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