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Green Hearts from Leicester

We're joining Leicester Friends of the Earth to encourage schools, universities, faith and community groups, businesses and individuals across the city to be a force for change by pledging to take action for the climate emergency.

What is Green Hearts from Leicester?

Green Hearts from Leicester is based on the Climate Coalition’s ‘Show the Love’ campaign which is about using our voices to protect all the things we don’t want to lose to climate change.

The time is now to use the power of green hearts to drive action on climate change. From 1 to 12 November 2021, the UK is hosting the United Nations Climate Conference in Glasgow – also known as COP26. What gets decided there will define the world that today’s children will inherit.

Get involved

Get involved by making your pledge on recycled green card or paper using the downloadable heart template at the bottom of this page. Use the pledge ideas below to get you started!

Post a photo/film of yourself with your green heart on social media using the hashtag #GreenHeartsFromLeicester.

You can send your green heart pledges to us at the address below before the end of October, and we’ll include them in a public display at Town Hall Square, Leicester during COP26 fortnight.

Send your green heart pledges to:


Pledge ideas

  • Find green alternatives to driving your children to school or for commuting to work
  • Start cycling every day and invest in an electric bike for longer journeys
  • Repair an item of clothing rather than buying replacement items
  • Buy second-hand clothing and electronics instead of new for a year
  • Use a refillable water bottle and a reusable travel mug
  • Sign up for a vegetable box scheme to eat seasonally and reduce plastic
  • Install loft insulation, draught-proofing or cavity wall insulation
  • Install solar panels on your house
  • Get an electric heat pump to replace your gas boiler
  • Switch to a green energy supplier with a 100% renewable tariff
  • Create a wildlife pond in your garden
  • Leave part of your lawn to grow wild instead of mowing it
  • Grow wildflowers to feed the bees and other pollinators
  • Plant fruit trees and grow vegetables in your garden or get an allotment
  • Switch to peat-free compost or get a compost bin and make your own
  • Eat plant-based meals at least once a week or try going vegan
  • Volunteer at your local nature reserve
  • Learn to identify wildlife and join a local recording scheme such as    www.naturespot.org.uk

  • Install showers and secure bike parking at your site
  • Initiate a Bike 2 Work scheme, see Bike2Work Scheme
  • Develop a ride sharing website for your employees
  • Part fund public transport use for commuting, e.g., season tickets
  • Purchase only electric fleet vehicles and provide EV charging points
  • Double the number of meetings held via video conferencing
  • Enable remote working for more employees
  • Purchase and use e-cargo bikes for short distance sustainable deliveries
  • Provide branded refillable water bottles for all employees
  • Ensure plastic free corporate catering/refreshments
  • Find ways to increase your recycling rate
  • Replace lighting with LEDs to reduce energy use
  • Switch to using 100% renewable electricity
  • Retrofit energy efficiency measures into your buildings e.g. insulation
  • Roll out carbon literacy training to all staff
  • Install electric heat pumps to replace gas/oil boilers
  • Install green roofs and green walls for biodiversity – see Living roofs

  • Install showers and secure bike parking at your school
  • Initiate a Bike 2 Work scheme, see Bike2Work Scheme
  • Purchase only electric fleet vehicles and provide EV charging points
  • Increase the number of meetings held via video conferencing
  • Provide branded refillable water bottles for all employees
  • Ensure plastic free catering/refreshments
  • Find ways to increase your recycling rate
  • Replace lighting with LEDs to reduce energy use
  • Switch to using 100% renewable electricity
  • Retrofit energy efficiency measures into your buildings e.g. insulation
  • Roll out carbon literacy training to all staff and students
  • Install electric heat pumps to replace gas/oil boilers
  • Install green roofs and green walls for biodiversity – see Living roofs
  • Create a wildlife pond in the school garden
  • Leave part of your field to grow wild instead of mowing it
  • Grow wildflowers to feed the bees and other pollinators
  • Plant fruit trees and grow vegetables on the school grounds
  • Switch to peat-free compost or get a compost bin and make your own
  • Eat plant-based meals at least once a week or try going vegan
  • Learn to identify wildlife and join a local recording scheme such as www.naturespot.org.uk