10:10 inspires and supports people and organisations to cut their carbon emissions by 10% in a year.

Any individual, family, business or organisation can make the cuts - and by working together we can make a real difference.

posted by henriette

leaders in the Netherlands join 10:10!

Eight Dutch political leaders have joined 10:10 and have committed themselves to the target to reduce 10% carbon emission in their own households in one year.

This was announced on Sunday 30th May on the national radio 1 program ‘Vroege Vogels’ [Early Birds], which is one of the most listened to programs of radio 1!

In the Netherlands national parliamentary elections are taking place on 9th June 2010. The political leaders of all (eleven) participating parties were asked to join 10:10 beforehand. Early Birds and the 10:10nl project team is absolutely thrilled with the enthusiastic reactions. The fact that the political leaders are committed to 10:10 as individuals means that they too believe in this positive and simple idea: by working together and taking action we can make it count.

Joining 10:10 are Jan Peter Balkende (CDA) (prime minister), André Rouvoet (ChristenUnie), Job Cohen (PvdA), Emile Roemer (SP), Marianne Thieme (PvdD), Kees van der Staaij (SGP), Femke Halsema (Groen Links) and Alexander Pechtold.

Rouvoet leader of the ChristenUnie [Christian Union] says: “It’s good to have a bottom-up movement, rather than political parties formulating abstract goals.” He says he likes a good steak, but can do without meat every now and then. That will certainly be one of the steps he’ll be taking to cut carbon.

Femke Halsema, leader of GroenLinks promises to insulate her attic and to stop using the tumble drier, hanging out her laundry more often instead.

Mark Rutte (VVD), Geert Wilders (PVV) and Rita Verdonk (TON) haven’t responded to the invitation to join 10:10. Yet.