James Sturges
James Sturges

Light start for Ipswich Green

GABRIELLE WHEATON

SAVING the environment could be as easy as changing a light bulb, according to Llewellyn Motors executive officer James Sturges. After seeing an educational film on climate change, Mr Sturges was inspired to do what he could to help reduce carbon emissions. But he was not alone, and a new group called Ipswich Green is currently forming, with many local businesses keen to do their bit to help preserve the environment. "I saw the Al Gore movie An Inconvenient Truth and it was pretty factual without being too emotional and (without) all the hoo-ha," Mr Sturges said. "We don't want to be seen as tree-hugging hippies who don't want people to drive cars. The bottom line is we're producing carbon dioxide and we're in a position to do lots of little things and the state and federal governments can do the big things." The irony of a car dealership promoting environmental awareness was not lost on Mr Sturges, but he said Llewellyn Motors came into contact with about 2500 motorists a month. "It's not a sales gimmick; we're selling the things and we think we should be responsible to reduce the impact," he said. "We've got the responsibility and an opportunity to promote environmental awareness at a grass-roots level." In fact, Mr Sturges said he would like to start giving out energy efficient light bulbs to customers, and also offer free tyre checks in an effort to reduce carbon emissions. "We want everyone to access those fluoro light bulbs. They give an 80% saving in efficiency, so that will help the carbon loads and help the back pocket as well," he said.



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