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Yeah, yeah we know – we’re always banging on about Bristol and how great it is. But we think it’s justified to be especially proud of our city after it was named the most environmentally friendly in the UK this week, and having recently handed over the gauntlet of European Green Capital, it’s good to have a new accolade!
The study by Good Move found that Bristol consistently ranks as one of the best city for low carbon emissions, Green Party council seats, recycling, green space, and energy consumption.
In fact, we beat all other cities as the UK’s most prolific recyclers, with 44% of the city’s waste going to reuse facilities. Bristol produces 1,863,000 tonnes of carbon emissions, which might sound like a lot but alongside Birmingham’s 5,000,000, it’s actually quite impressive.
Depite a similarly timed YouGov poll stating that ¾ of Bristol residents feel they don’t spend enough time in nature, 22% of Bristolians still found that their last “wow” moment with nature was in their local area.
Naturally for city dwellers, 58% of respondents had their most special nature experiences elsewhere, but in a city surrounded by areas of natural beauty ranging from the Mendips to the Cotswolds, and a short journey away from the beaches of Dorset and Devon, it’s never too hard to find a way to connect with nature when we need to.
Bristol itself has over 400 gardens and parks, so there is always beautiful green space near by when you need to clear your head from the hustle and bustle.
Whether we spend our time in the culture rich city or its lush green surroundings, Bristolians’ love for the planet is clear.
To find out more about Good Move’s Green Cities research, visit their website here: www.goodmove.co.uk/britains-green-cities/