Egham Royal Show has developed throughout its long history and is now a joint Agricultural, Horticultural and Community event. 2012 was a momentous year for Britain and we added another contemporary theme to the Show, that of Sustainability.
Sustainability is a very broad subject so what is it?
Many of us are concerned that our contemporary lifestyles create too much waste and that we consume natural resources more quickly than they can be replenished.
Sustainable development is what happens when businesses, communities and governments measure their success in terms of their environmental, social and economic performance. This is called the Triple Bottom Line. Marks & Spencer’s “Plan A” and Unilever’s “Sustainable Living Plan” are just two great examples.
Sustainable living is what happens when we citizens take responsibility, individually and collectively, for the environmental and ethical impacts of our behaviours and choices. Actions include:
•buying locally-produced food and drink and choosing Fair Trade products from further afield,
•making short trips on foot or by bike, and longer journeys by train rather than plane,
•fitting energy-efficient appliances at home and work and running them on clean, low-carbon energy.
Individual actions alone will not solve climate change, end poverty or prevent deforestation. Our collective efforts to choose sustainable goods and services, however, are causing corporations and governments to source their materials sustainability and to embed sustainable policies and practices in their businesses.
This is the best way that we can leave future generations with a rich and diverse natural world – a world worth living in.
This year, the Egham Royal Show is proud to present its second Sustainability exhibition.
We aim to give our visitors the chance to experience sustainable technologies and products, meet with community organisations offering support and advice to promote greener living and get impartial advice on starting to reduce our carbon footprints.
We invite companies, community groups and charities to exhibit in the following, broad themes:
· Food and Drink
· Waste and recycling
· Non-food consumption – ie., “stuff”
If your organisation would like to participate in the 2013 Sustainability exhibition, please email Peter Archibald using the contact us or show committee page.