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Stephen Williams MP attempts to juggle 'three planet' lifestyle

3.03.47pm GMT Mon 6th Nov 2006

Stephen Williams MP playing with his balls

Stephen Williams MP may be used to juggling his workload but WWF challenged him to juggle three planets to highlight how everyone in the UK is using more than their fair share of natural resources, and emitting more CO2 than the planet can absorb.

WWF held an event recently in Parliament to raise awareness about its One Planet Living Campaign which aims to make sustainable living easy, affordable and attractive.

WWF says Government has an important role to play in helping people live within the planet's natural capacity. Our homes, our communities and our lifestyles - what we buy and consume, the energy we use and what we do with our waste, all have an impact on our environment. If everyone in the world lived as we do in the UK as a whole, we would need three planets to support us. Whilst people in Bristol are living a 2.9 planet lifestyle.

Stephen said: "There is so much we can do in our everyday lives to reduce our impact on the environment. Simple steps like cutting down on using our cars for short journeys and switching our televisions off from standby can help make all the difference.

"WWF has shown how we must reduce our impact on the environment, in order to safeguard it for future generations. I call on the Government to set targets to stabilise and reduce the UK's Ecological Footprint"

A recent report by WWF has shown that the world's natural ecosystems are being degraded at a rate unprecedented in human history. The Living Planet Report 2006 showed that we were using the earth's resources 25 per cent faster than they can be renewed.

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