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New Brixton Low Carbon Zone kicks off with a party and backing from DJ Ironik

Practical advice on how to save money by cutting your energy bills will be on offer when Brixton’s new Low Carbon Zone officially launches with a party at the Loughborough Estate on Saturday

Brixton has been chosen as one of 10 ‘Low Carbon Zones’ across the capital by the Mayor of London and has been given the target of reducing carbon emissions by 20.12 per cent by the 2012 Olympics.

The new zone kicks off with a launch party this Saturday from 2 to 5pm at the Loughborough Centre, Angell Road, featuring free local food, children’s activities and much more.

A variety of ‘green’ experts will be on hand to pass on advice on everything from cutting your heating bills to growing your own food. There will also be the chance to win one of two bikes, as well as a Give and Take stall where you can swap something you don’t need anymore for something you do. All are welcome.

The Brixton Low Carbon Zone will see a team of “Green Doctors” employed to visit all of the 2,979 homes in the zone, street by street, to give advice to residents on how to cut their fuel bills and reduce the amount of waste they produce.

They will also help develop projects to help residents grow their own food, boost recycling and encourage cycling and walking. Other ways residents will be encouraged to join in include becoming a Green Community Champion or taking part in carbon reduction workshops.

An advice service to businesses is also being set up to help every business in the area to operate more efficiently and reduce their energy, transport and waste costs.

The idea of the Brixton Low Carbon Zone has been backed by DJ Ironik, who has recorded with Elton John and is part of a new wave of UK grime stars who are mixing a British sound with RnB, hip hop and pop.

DJ Ironik said: “As an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust I do a lot of work with young people and I know a lot of them care about the environment. We can all do our bit to help save the planet. But young people are our future and we need to make sure they know how important it is. I wish Brixton all the best with its plans to show the rest of London how to make a big difference to our environment and the way we live.”

Councillor Sally Prentice, Cabinet member for Environment on Lambeth Council, said:

“Cutting fuel use and making homes more energy efficient saves people money, which is really important for families on low incomes, and the Brixton Low Carbon Zone scheme will help some of Lambeth’s least well off residents.

“We hope that every home, business, school and community within the zone will benefit from being part of this scheme, living more sustainably and reducing their carbon footprint.

“We want to make Brixton a flagship low carbon area and build on the fantastic work already being done by the council, community groups like Transition Town Brixton, as well as businesses.”

Lambeth has received just over £300,000 from the Mayor of London to develop the Low Carbon Zone.

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