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Sailing to save the world!

Volume 5 Number 1 - April 2008
Rowena Ewens

French title: Naviguer pour sauver le monde!

Spanish title: Navegando para salvar la tierra

Summary

The Low Carbon Lifestyle Tour 2007 sailed around Britain in a zero-emission micro yacht promoting low carbon lifestyle. The Tour visited over 40 ports including Swansea, Liverpool, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle, London, Brighton and Southampton. At each port, Mukti Mitchell, a sailor, carpenter and pioneer of low carbon lifestyles, presented talks on how to lead a low carbon lifestyle.

With the increasing public debate about climate change, The Low Carbon Lifestyle Tour was timed perfectly to promote low carbon lifestyles. The Tour included a range of issues from recycling to recreation and house insulation to holidays. So as I stepped aboard ‘Chance’ the 15ft micro-yacht at Scarborough, I could never have envisaged what crewing for the next few months would involve.

We were literally camping at sea – with one stove, a pressure cooker and a selection of carefully organised storage boxes full of organic goodies that would serve us from port to port. There was also a small solar panel that generated enough energy to power a main battery, which was used to power a few lights, the navigation equipment and even the lap top, albeit occasionally. Resources were limited by storage space and this really put the essence of leading a low carbon lifestyle into practice! From dawn ‘til dusk, we were close to nature. This was a wonderful experience full of sunsets and moon lit skies. We sailed with a family of seals and through rows of offshore wind-turbines, we navigated the River Thames and crossed one of the world’s busiest shipping channels at Dover.

My mission was to establish the effectiveness of this project in changing people’s attitudes and behaviours towards a low carbon lifestyle. This was accomplished by interviewing attendees about their current day-to-day behaviour and how, if at all, they planned to make changes towards a low carbon lifestyle. Months later, I contacted them again to identify any changes they had made, any motivating factors that had encouraged them to make these changes and any barriers they had encountered. This research aims to inform those interested in changing people’s attitudes and behaviour towards a low carbon lifestyle. For copies of the MSc dissertation entitled ‘How effective is The Low Carbon Lifestyle Tour at changing people’s attitudes and behaviour towards a low carbon lifestyle’, please contact me.

Résumé

Le Low Carbon Lifestyle Tour 2007 a navigué autour de la Grande-Bretagne dans un micro yacht à émissions-zéro, promouvant un style de vie à carbone réduit. Le Tour a visité plus de 40 ports, y inclus Swansea, Liverpool, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle, London, Brighton et Southampton, où Mukti Mitchell a fait des présentations pour montrer comment mener un style de vie à carbone réduit.

Resumen

El Tour 2007 Estilo Bajo en Carbono navegó alrededor de Gran Bretaña en un micro yate emisión-cero promoviendo un estilo de vida de baja emisión de CO2. El tour visitó más de 40 puertos incluyendo Swansea, Liverpool, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle, London, Brighton and Southampton, donde Mukti Mitchell dió conferencias acerca de cómo llevar un estilo de vida con bajo emisión de CO2.

Rowena Ewens
Email: rowenaewens@hotmail.com

The Low Carbon Lifestyle Tour was sponsored by Resurgence, Co-operative Membership, The Phone Co-op, Ecotricity, Samskara Design, Annery-Kiln web design, The RH Southern Trust, The Ashden Trust and John Pontin Group. In association with The Green Blue.

For additional information visit: http://www.lowcarbonlifestyle.org