Survey reveals town’s green credentials

AN OVERWHELMING number of people have said they are environmentally minded during a survey conducted by the Green Buckingham Group (GBG).

The group devised the survey to learn more about attitudes towards green issues and saw nearly 60 people take part.

The GBG is made up of members of Buckingham Town Council, the Advertiser and Review, staff and students from the University of Buckingham and green minded residents from the Buckingham area. In 2009 the GBG held a campaign to reduce the number of disposable shopping bags used in the town and last year it organised the inaugural Buckingham Green Fair which was host a wide rage of green businesses and retailers.

In this year’s survey a massive 96 per cent of respondents said they considered themselves green minded and nearly 72 per cent said they would be willing to spend more money to live in an environmentally friendly way.

Just over 91 per cent said they supported efforts to make Buckingham a green place to live, and of those who said they did not support the efforts one said there is no clear understanding of what is meant by green issues and another said they support the idea but are not actively involved.

Ruth Newell, Buckingham’s deputy mayor and chair of the GBG said: “These results are really positive and it is helpful to the group to know that there is support for what we are trying to do.”

All but two of respondents were aged over 25 and nearly half said more needed to be done in schools to make children aware of climate change and alternative and efficient energy.

However Mrs Newell said primary schools were now teaching children things she learned while studying for a degree and that her 12-year-old daughter often checked the fridge for the number of food miles it contained.

Other interesting results from they survey include the 80 per cent who said they would use their car less if there was an alternative, but only 12 per cent said public transport was adequate in their area.

Also, while more than 70 per cent said they bought local, free range, and in season, produce, only 35 per cent said they bought organic.

The results of the survey coincide with the build-up to the second Green Fair at Buckingham Community Centre on Saturday, March 26.

While the survey showed more than half were aware of the GBG, only three went to last year’s Green fair but 84 per cent said they would have gone had they know about it.

Mrs Newell added: “We are giving people in Buckingham and the surrounding area the opportunity to see what difference they can make to their everyday life to live in a greener way. And everyone can do their bit.”