Maybe it's not the end of the world
were more aware
Widely publicised events, such as the Live Earth concerts this summer which brought together
more than two billion people, help raise awareness about global warming. Madonna, Bon Jovi,
The Police, Duran Duran, Sheryl Crow, Razorlight, Genesis and The Black Eyed Peas, among
others, performed on seven continents, over 24 hours to bring home the message. Green
issues have well and truly been brought to us all, thanks to the media and high-profile support.
Celebrities such as Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst drive electric or fuel-
efficient cars; Cate Blanchett’s Sydney home is solar-powered; while Leonardo DiCaprio, who
lives in a solar house and drives a biodiesel car, promotes green organisations on his website.
Recycling is here to stay
Households and businesses all over the country
have embraced Britain’s recycling revolution.
Many councils now have weekly recycling
collections. This means that glass, paper, aluminium
and other materials can be reused, saving energy
and resources, rather than ending up in landfill sites,
which are a major source of greenhouse gases.

On average, everyone in the UK throws away their own body weight in rubbish every seven weeks. But things are improving; in 2005/6 households in England recycled 27 per cent of waste – thereby exceeding the government target of 25 per cent. That means each year every person in England is recycling enough to fill nine green wheelie bins, equal to taking 3·5 million cars off the road.
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