Environment minister Elliot Morley continued his drive to spread the word on recycling and conservation by moving his national sustainable development tour on to the north west.
The minister observed green housing developments, energy-saving schemes and efforts by businesses, schools and the public sector to protect the environment in Manchester and Merseyside.
He said: “It is vital that everybody gets involved in sustainable development. That goes for public authorities, who can set an example and lead the development of new markets, for example in timber procurement; businesses who can save millions of pounds by cutting waste and their use of resources; individuals, who can make more environmental choices in their daily lives and communities, who can come together to implement projects such as recycling and improving local environmental quality.”
The homes are ultra-efficient in their use of energy, water and building materials, while residents showcased composting and recycling facilities.
He also visited the UK’s first environment inter-faith school, St Francis of Assisi Academy in Liverpool. Here Morley chatted to children in the solar atrium, roof garden and environment room where most of the furniture is made from recycled materials.
Hosted by regional development think-tank, Sustainability Northwest, a major aim of the tour was to add hundreds more signatures to the Northwest Climate Change Charter.
The initiative, spearheaded by Lord Thomas of Macclesfield, is aiming for a Climate Change Summit, giving senior decision-makers from the area the chance to debate the region’s economic, social and environmental future.