How can individuals and families get involved?

Making the Island and the planet sustainable means ensuring that we act and consume in a way that ensures our children and their children are not left with a legacy of over consumption and social breakdown.


Commitment to making changes that protect the future is often strongest among young people, Island young people have strong ideas about how adults should take action. Listening to our young people, taking the advice of good science, and taking personal steps to change are a good place to start.


Personal choices:

  • turn off your computer, TV and mobile phone charger when it’s not in use.
  • Take the bus, cycle, or walk – leave the car at home as much as possible.
  • Turn off taps, fix leaks, save rainwater for the garden.
  • Put your personal and household rubbish into bins or get it to the Civic Amenity sites.
  • Report empty properties so that we can bring them back into use for Island families.
  • Get involved in making your community healthier – join or start a group for healthy eating, walking, weight management or reading.
  • Make use the local community services such as the post office or library.
  • Find out about local planning advice that is often designed to save energy, make our surroundings sustainable and protect our bio-diversity.
  • Have you thought about volunteering or taking part in the running of you local community.
  • Join a local heritage group to learn more about where you live.
  • Join a neighbourhood watch scheme that protects your community
  • Look out for vulnerable people who often find it hard to ask for help.
  • Make your voice heard when people ask for your opinion as a citizen.


As a family, act together:

  • Buy locally-produced food, ask for it where you shop.
  • Do you really need that new thing? How much energy was used to produce it and how far did it come?
  • Can you shop or socialise without taking the car?
  • Check the labels on fresh produce, how far did it come?
  • Make sure that your home is as energy efficient as it can be; cut fuel bills.
  • Use renewable energy in your home and community.
  • Use low-energy security lighting.
  • Use degradable refuse sacks.
  • Recycle your old stuff; use charity shops and recycling points
  • Carry a re-usable shopping bag, say no to plastic bags.
  • Take care of local wildlife and plants, some of which are unique to the Island.
  • Take care of how your local community looks, other people may feel the same way as you about how it should look and what needs to be done.
  • Walk and play together – keep active and healthy.
  • Get involved with local people in the life of your community.
  • Make contact with new members of the community.
  • Find out about the different cultures in your community.
  • Can you and your family improve and update your skills for work and home life?
  • Take part in community activities.
  • Listen to what children and young people have to say about what kind of planet they want you to leave them.


Find out more


Eco Island is not just about the environment. It's surprising how many choices we make that have an impact on sustainability, ranging from insulating our homes to breastfeeding. The BBC Bloom website brings together the arguments for and against various choices that impact on sustainable living. Although it is no longer updated, remains a useful place.

The Environment Centre is a special resource to homes as well as the business, community, and school sectors in the South of England. It also has a wide resource and advice base, and can be found at

The Island has a good record of waste management and there is plenty of information to found here at Island Waste web pages

The Keep Britain Tidy campaign have many good ideas about how to make our communities look and feel safe and cared for. They are increasingly involved in helping communities tackle anti social behaviour as well as litter. Click here to explore their website at

The Isle of Wight Rural Community Council runs a Volunteer service as well as representing rural communities on the Island. Find out more about how you can join in with community issues or start up your own campaign or project, visit the RCC website at

You can calculate your household carbon footprint at a government website. Finding out your own contribution to the Eco Island ecological footprint is a good start. You can start finding out about your impact and some of the often simple things you can do to reduce your energy use and carbon pollution by visiting the Direct.Gov carbon calculator by clicking here 

The Energy Saving Trust Has a wealth of information about how we can all take personal and family level steps to act in a sustainable way. Their site can be accessed by visiting.

Interested in being a Parish, Town or Isle of Wight Council member? You can get advice from the Isle of Wight Council by visiting The Council website here or by calling the Council at 01983 821000.

The Isle of Wight’s Footprint Trust has a website that can be accessed here. The site has a great deal of information about local environmental issues and activities. The Footprint Trust subscribe strongly to “acting locally and thinking globally."

The Wight Wildlife website also has information about actions as well as advice and opportunities for volunteering and training. Their site can be accessed here

The Countryside Team of professionals and volunteers at the Isle of Wight Council can be contacted by clicking here They can offer expert advice and support through their work protecting the countryside and managing country parks. The Planning Team can also help people to make sustainable decisions about our surroundings. They can be found by clicking here. Both services can be contacted at 01983 821000

For many years, the Centre for Alternative Technology has been trying out increasingly effective ways of reducing our dependence on technology and the continual use of raw materials. Their website has a great deal of information about their work and how to find the Centre. The website is at

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Last Updated: 31/01/2011 09:50:07
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