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INSIDE Sustainable Bristol What needs to be done? p87 I A life in jewellery Meet Mike Kemp p88 I The power of email Are you harnessing this essential marketing tool? p90 I The Ripples effect a new showroom for the award-winning company p 89


Green Bristol


Bristol may be European Green Capital 2015, but there’s still plenty of work to be done. Here, Friends of the Earth and Sustainable Bristol take an overview


NEW PROJECT from Friends of the Earth is asking what big ideas are needed to navigate towards a sustainable future city. “The question is one that Bristol, basking in its newly-awarded status as European Green Capital 2015, is perhaps well-placed to answer. What are the key ingredients in building a sustainable city? Is Bristol on the right track for the future? And can lessons learned in Bristol be applied elsewhere? “Friends of the Earth has put forward three ideas that they suggest are key in developing the kind of communities which support well-being and sustainability: autonomy (in the sense of more power to the city), sharing, and active, free-thinking citizens. These are ‘big ideas’ – powerful thoughts, but do they have any bearing on every day realities?


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“The importance of autonomy certainly seems relevant to Bristol’s future development. Having bucked the trend by being the only one of 10 cities to vote in May last year in favour of an elected mayor, the city is now led by the independent candidate George Ferguson, who is involved in an on-going struggle to secure the powers and the resources to be able to make a difference. “And while central government seems to agree that


people should be trusted to make their own decisions, it seems less enthusiastic about handing down the cash to lift the local economy. As Jane Thomas points out for Friends of the Earth, rather than being empowered, local authorities are currently being penalised for problems that are not of their making.


“But autonomy is not just about the power divide between the Council House and Westminster. Bristol’s strong independent streak gives the city much of its character – from its independent shops to the People’s Republic of Stokes Croft and our very own currency. Bristol likes to do things its own way – and perhaps this independence is key to the city’s success. “Sharing, the second of Friends of the Earth’s big ideas for cities, is certainly part of Bristol’s story – from car clubs to community gardens, street art to street parties and festivals – so much of what Bristol does well is about sharing with the community. “Friends of the Earth’s third big idea is fundamentally about education. Bristol hasn’t found a way of opting out of Michael Gove’s national curriculum yet, but nevertheless, we seem to have plenty of people who are capable of thinking for themselves.” Taken from sustainablebristol.com


Quote of the issue


“I was on the door- step at 7.59 and heard the phone ring, and moments later the lady opened the door in total surprise”


Who was on the other side of the door, and what did they want? Find out on page 88


17,000- 22,000


THE BIG NUMBER


That’s a big population leap in ten years – where are we talking about?


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