Friday, 15 June 2012

CBE: Clean British Energy - the only way to go!

This statue of John Dalton was just one of the Britons around the country to have been decorated with an alternative ‘CBE’ medal yesterday (14 June). The awards mark a new link-up between Friends of the Earth and the UK’s only specialist green energy providers, Good Energy and Ecotricity, aimed at boosting clean British power. (Dalton, 1766-1844, was a Quaker, chemist, meteorologist and  physicist).

Morning commuters and passers-by were surprised to see the oversized red, white and blue ‘CBE’ medals around the necks of statues of iconic Brits. The statues were carefully selected to represent the ‘Best of British’ and included pioneering industrialists, giants of science, political heavyweights, sporting legends, cultural icons and folk heroes.

Members of the public are being urged to back the campaign – and show their support for renewable power by switching their energy supply to one of the two suppliers – at the campaign website
www.cleanbritishenergy.co.uk.

The Clean British Energy campaign calls on the Prime Minister to cut carbon emissions and create new jobs and industries by supporting home-grown energy from the wind, sun and water. Recent polling by Friends of the Earth shows that 85% of people in the UK want Cameron to ditch dirty, imported fossil fuels in favour of renewable power sourced in the UK. So there is no excuse for him not to do so, today. I am sure he will...


You can see all of the CBE medallists at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wwwfoecouk/sets/72157630063001033/

17 comments:

  1. The medal certainly brightens him up!

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  2. My favourite was a similarly posed Isimbard Kingdom Brunel situated at Paddington station. he looked the part indeed, including the cigarette butt someone had shoved in his mouth!
    Clean energy sounds good, it just won't give what this nation requires!

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    1. I liked the West Ham footballers at Upton Park and Tony Hancock in Birmingham with thir medals. Afraid I diagree with your last point Adullamite, as do Friends of the Earth...

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  3. Thanks for all information about Mr. Dalton, an important man.Now I will check the link to know more about the other medalists!
    Hugs and a nice weekend,
    Léia

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  4. Wonderful citizen initiative

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  6. Ah, but he seems so listless this morning... no energy?

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  7. A clever idea to get their point across!
    V

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  8. I think this is really cool!

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  9. Nice to know that they might be gone but their achievements not forgotten Chrissy, such a great idea to draw attention!!

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  10. That is one clever marketing campaign. I just voted on some Rio+20 initiatives on the UN site and one was to stop subsidising fossil fuel compaanies.

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  11. Great topical post Chrissy, I see they even got Cloughy in Nottingham.

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  12. Hope this campaign will have effect! If their neighbor (Holland where I'm from)can do it, so they can they!

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  13. Bit pointless, though, if we can't get the likes of India and China signed up to it.

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  14. A great post and important topic - love that they honored him (better late than never!). That huge medallion is a terrific touch :)

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  15. Such a neat idea! A terrific understated way to make the point.

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  16. First I heard of it - a great idea. Off now to see who else got an award, via your link.

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