Fartpants cuts emissions in carbon neutral Newcastle
Viz characters Johnny Fartpants, Roger Mellie and Sid the Sexist are all taking part in efforts to make their home-town of Newcastle the world's first carbon neutral city.
CarbonNeutral Newcastle - the resulting campaign - aims to encourage organisations, people and activities to reduce their emissions of carbon dioxide as much as they can, and offset the remainder through local community investment in clean technology and forestry projects.
Since the launch, over 3,000 homes and 200 businesses in the North East have switched to green electricity and over 1,000 tonnes of CO2 have been offset. The 'offset' projects are selected and verified by a technical working group and administered by the Community Foundation for Tyne and Wear.
Over 1,000 companies throughout the UK have used CarbonNeutral to improve their environmental performance but this is the first time it has been used for a whole city. Other cities, from Bristol to Seattle, are also interested in running CarbonNeutral schemes.
The Viz office is reducing the 13 tonnes of CO2 it produces each year by switching off computers and lights, reducing unnecessary heating and using public transport rather than driving. The company is also considering a switch to renewable energy, and is planting 35 trees in the city.
Roger Mellie, writer, broadcaster and official Viz spokesman said: "I have long believed that we do not lend the planet from our children, we merely borrow it to our ancestors…or something. And, as such I am very pleased to be helping Newcastle become the world's first carbon neutral city."
"More importantly, thanks to our clean bill of environmental health, I can smoke my 60 Superkings a day whilst looking in the eye of these self righteous, beardy weirdy, lentil noshing CENSORED."
By David Hopkins