Community, sustainability and fun!
We’re a group of Southbank (York) residents who aim to raise awareness of sustainability issues, through various activities and projects, all of which have an element of sociability and fun!
Planet Southbank emerged from the York Green Neighbourhood Challenge, a pilot project undertaken by the Stockholm Environment Institute with the support of the City of York Council and partners, with the aim of helping householders to reduce their carbon footprints.
That project has now finished, but the two winning teams, from Bishopthorpe Road and the Scarcroft area, came together to form the nucleus of a new, independent group, Planet South Bank.
The group is open to anyone living in the broadly defined ‘greater South Bank’ area covering the area East to West between Bishopthorpe Road and Tadcaster Road and North to South between the city walls and the former Terry’s site.
Planet Southbank is currently being funded by the pooled prize money that the Bishopthorpe Road and Scarcroft teams received. We are also looking at other ways of raising more funds.
What we’ve done so far…
We launched a ‘Green Christmas’ campaign, which aimed to encourage people to shop locally; to reduce carbon emissions associated with seasonal festivities, presents and food; to reduce waste and to promote gifts that last.
We had a ‘Wrap it Up’ workshop which demonstrated recycled and recyclable Christmas wrappings and decorations. Despite the blizzard outside we had fun making bags, bunting and baby birds.
We have held information stalls. In a stall during November 2010 on Bishopthorpe Road, we displayed a giant ‘apple-pie chart’ showing the average emissions of York residents and gave away slices of pie (made with locally harvested apples, from Abundance) and gingerbread ‘carbon’ footprints. We also held a stall at Clements Hall open day.
For Christmas 2010 we had a community carol singing session on Bishopthorpe Road, with a lovely local brass band.