Press Release – Better Century announces partnership with Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

Better Century is a network of ordinary people, businesses and charities who are providing sustainable solutions and inspiration.  In collaboration we are improving tomorrow together. Today we are happy to announce an exciting new partnership with The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.

The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust (HIWWT) is one of 46 Wildlife Trusts working across the UK. With the invaluable support of volunteers and members they manage over 50 nature reserves. They also work with other organisations and landowners to protect and connect wildlife sites across the county and inspire local communities and young people to care for wildlife where they live. 

HIWWT’s Director of Advocacy and Engagement, Hannah Terry, said: “This partnership will offer our supporters a brilliant opportunity to share thoughts, advice and ideas with fellow ‘Team Wilder’ members.  By taking action in our own lives and communities, learning from each other and working together we can start to tip the balance in favour of nature’s recovery. We’re excited about engaging in this amazing new digital ecosystem of changemakers.”

Better Century Founder and Director Tom Beckett said: “We are immensely happy to be working with Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.  They are pioneering community engagement to tackle the ecological crisis and we want to make this a massive success. We look forward to welcoming their members into our flourishing network, which is there to help everyone be part of the solution.”

This partnership is the first of many as Better Century grows its network. We are tackling critical issues for ordinary people who want to live sustainably by ensuring they are getting easy to access information as well as ready opportunities to make a difference.  By bringing together the communities of hundreds of organisations who are already providing parts of the solution we can create an unparalleled network of changemakers that can tackle the climate and ecological crisis.

As a community-driven organisation, recommendations for potential partners are made by members, if approved by the community, organisations are invited to partner with Better Century. Companies and organisations working in the broad sustainability field are also encouraged to join this collective effort and can learn more on our website. 

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About Better Century: A new online CIC, launched in 2019, we’re making a Better Century, where improved use and sharing of resources creates a stable environment where all life thrives. To do this, we’ve empowered a global community of change-makers. By establishing ourselves as a Community Interest Company, we live our values. We are obliged to serve our community over the interests of our shareholders. A purpose beyond profit is embedded in our constitution. Any dividends we declare must not exceed 35% of our distributable profits, the rest, by law, must go to charity or community initiatives.

Media contacts: Tom Beckett (07989539074), tom@bettercentury.org

To learn more about the partners we are engaging see the full list of those we’re approaching. If you would like to learn more about partnering please see our partnership pages here.

The Seven Ways to Cut Carbon

Collectively, we need to halve carbon emissions by 2030. To do that we need to get down to 2.5 tonnes of carbon produced per person, per year. In the UK we produce 8.5 tonnes per person on average.

Here are seven ways to cut carbon out of your life.

Holiday sustainably and stop flying
2.2tCO2 comes from travel to and from holidays. Stop flying, pick sustainable locations, hire an electric car to get around

Cut the car out of commutes
1.4tCO2 comes from daily commutes. Cycle, walk & use public transport.

Eat less or no meat products
1.3tCO2 comes from meat consumption. Cut it down, or cut it out!

Make your house more energy efficient
1.4tCO2 comes from heating your home. Make it more energy-efficient and plan to move to heat pump tech on moving over your boiler.

Switch to 100% renewable energy
0.9tCO2 comes from electric we consume. Move to renewable energy.

Get your food locally
0.6tCO2 comes from food transportation. Eat seasonal and local!

Buy less and use less
0.6tCO2 comes from technology and other stuff we buy. Use less and be proud!

See our Better Guide to Reducing Personal Carbon Emissions

Pledge to keep your carbon emissions to 2.5 tonnes by 2030

Check out guides to energy efficiency, renewable energy, buying an electric vehicle…

Better Guide to a Sustainable Christmas

“The most wonderful time of the year” for many, is unfortunately also the most damaging time of the year for our planet.

What if we told you there was a way to keep the joy of Christmas for you and your loved ones while creating an environment for all life to thrive, that supports plenty of positive Christmases going forward?

The Better Century community have been working on some ideas to double the joy of Christmas 1, making it better for the world.

This guide has some top tips to tone down the Christmas impact. You can reduce waste around Christmas. Eco-friendly present suggestions are here to help you. The way you decorate your house, tree and table doesn’t have to cost the earth.

See all the tips for having a sustainable Christmas here.

Is money for or against climate change?

Will climate breakdown affect where money is invested, and how can markets create carbon neutral economy? #BetterMoney

There are theories developing that the risk associated with climate breakdown will affect the markets, and change the flow of money. There are also incredible solutions available to investors to help create a carbon-neutral economy.

We are discussing this subject as part of our series of digital events so individuals and organisations can best understand what role their money can play in creating a carbon-neutral economy. Should we wait for markets to catch up or will our choices make a significant difference?

The questions we’ll look to answer in this webinar are:

  • How will the markets change as a result of these forces?
  • Can we rely on markets to respond to tackle the climate and ecological crisis?
  • What can we do to push financial markets to support a carbon-neutral economy now?

Click here to find out more and book your place.

Better Councils

Many authorities are responding to public pressure and declaring a climate emergency. But how to effectively lobby your authority? And if they do declare an emergency, what’s next?

It’s complex for a government body to get this right. Many are short-staffed and underfunded. There is often uncertainty and division about how to turn the emergency declaration into policies that actually make a difference. Often it becomes political hot potato!  

Some authorities treat this as nothing but a PR exercise, whilst some actually implement groundbreaking policies. In our forum, we’re discussing how to best navigate these issues.  Whether you are an elected representative, a resident’s group, or a policymaker, there is someone in our community who can share their experience and help you out. 

After all, with 10 years to halve carbon emissions, none of us can mess around. We need to find solutions quickly. Come and chip in your experience and opinion.

Join the Discussion in the Forum

Better Guides

What if you had access to information that helps you live a sustainable life without having to invest hundreds of hours in research? 

What if you had a community of people who share their knowledge and experiences with you? 

At Better Century, we connect you with practical guides that will help you live a healthy and environmentally friendly life. We introduce you to like-minded individuals who have the same life goals and dreams like yours. Together, we will improve tomorrow. 

Personal carbon emissions are confusing. You are given conflicting advice, and often, you don’t know what will make the most significant difference. Our Better Guide to Reducing Personal Carbon Footprint is here to help you effectively reduce your carbon emissions.

Better Century Guides: 

Better Guide to Buying an Electric Vehicle

Better Guide to Energy Efficient Homes

Better Guide to UK Renewable Energy Supply 

Guide to Domestic Scale Renewable Energy

Create your own guide in the community: Start a Guide

Better Challenges

Our community finds ways for people to feel less isolated on their journey towards living sustainably. We provide a series of challenges that create a collective sense of purpose to a tangible outcome.

Our community members have launched a number of Better Century challenges. They are based on research to show that if done on scale, a sea change could be achieved.

Plastic waste is rightly high up the environmental agenda for many. For years we have been misled that recycling is the answer, and now we know the truth. We have to reduce our consumption.

Our Plastic Waste Challenge is here to help you get started and make a positive change.

In ten years, we also need to halve global carbon emissions. Many don’t know what that means. In the UK it means 2.5 tonnes of carbon per person. 

Join our Low Carbon Transport Challenge. Plan your reduction and get support from like-minded people.

Start your own challenge today: All Better Century Challenges.

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