Edinburgh becomes 100th 10:10 council
- Allegra Stratton, political correspondent, The Guardian, Wednesday 9 December 2000
The landmark comes on the 100th day of the 10:10 campaign, backed by the Guardian, with the total number of people now served by councils that have signed up to 10:10 now totalling more than 18 million, nearly a third of the population. Nearly 50,000 individuals and over 1,700 businesses have signed up to the campaign which is encouraging people and organisations to cut their carbon emissions by 10% by the end of 2010.
Alexis Rowell, who has been coordinating council signups to the 10:10 campaign, welcomed the announcement. He said: "Councils like Edinburgh are the unsung heroes of the 10:10 campaign. When a local authority says it will cut its emissions by 10% in 2010, then it is bound to set a plan and residents can check progress. So 100 councils committing to reduce their emissions by 10% in 2010 is already amazing. But councils are also playing a key role in spreading the 10:10 message to individuals, organisations and businesses in their area. By aspiring to the 10% target our hope is that they can inspire others to do the same."
Gordon Brown's cabinet joined 10:10 in September and yesterday mayor Boris Johnson signed City Hall up as part of his goal to make London "the greenest city on earth."