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An inbox full of big ideas

Screenshot of the latest 10:10 mailout

Last week we asked for your help coming up with 10:10's next big idea. The responses were typically brilliant and varied, with suggestions on everything from nappies to retroactive offsets. Lots of you liked our solar panels on schools idea, and there were plenty of thoughts on what the government could do to make carbon-cutting an easier, cheaper and fairer experience.

No doubt a few of these will end up as fully-fledged 10:10 projects before too long (watch this space), but in the meantime I thought I'd share a few that challenged us, gave us pause for thought or simply caught our collective imagination. Here goes...

Cameron visits 10:10 China


David Cameron chats with 10:10 China organisers during a walk on the Great Wall north of Beijing

David Cameron chats with Chinese 10:10 organisers while visiting the Great Wall north of Beijing

This is what it's all about.

David Cameron, who is cutting his carbon by 10% at home and across the government estate, rounded off his China trip by meeting with a group of young people who recently helped launch 10:10 China.

Lei Chen Wong from the Jane Goodall Institute in China who are coordinating 10:10 China said, 'The Roots and Shoots students were all excited to share initiatives they have already taken and how they plan to push forward with 10:10. This meeting more than validated all their positive actions.'

Shake up and smell the coffee

When Atle Engelset first stumbled upon the 10:10 campaign on facebook, his Norwegian coffee house already had some impressive carbon reductions in the sack. But six months down the road, Kaffehuset Friele are proving that an extra 10% isn't such a grind.

Blessed are the low carbon

The 10:10 campaign has inspired carbon-cutting commitments from nearly a hundred church groups across the UK. 10:10 finds out how they’ve been fairing in their efforts to bring a greener hue to the pulpit and pew.

Four faith case studies

Here at 10:10 nothing warms the cockles of our hearts more than hearing from our 10:10 sign-ups about the nitty gritty of their carbon-cutting journeys.

Over the past few weeks we’ve had stories flooding in from faith groups of all shapes and sizes, who’ve been getting their teeth into the 10:10 challenge. 

Oslo City says “it’s oil over!”

Oslo, the first capital to sign up to 10:10, is racing against the clock to phase out oil heating in municipal buildings across the city, and turn their sewage into fuel for buses.

Biogas Buses (Photo: Jan Ivar Bøe, Akershus fylkeskommune)

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