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28 Oct 2010 10:10:15

Carbon Cube highlights need to cut emissions

Carbon Cube highlights need to cut emissions
A house-sized Carbon Cube has been erected on the University of Leicester's campus to highlight the impact emissions have on the atmosphere.

The cube, which was developed as part of the university's Big Green Week, which is currently running, represents the space filled by a tonne of carbon dioxide at standard atmospheric pressure.

On average, people use between nine and ten tonnes of carbon each year.

Tobie Roffey, from the university's Environment Team, told the BBC: "This structure is bigger than a house and what's scary is that the university last year emitted over 30,000 of these.

"We're trying to get people more aware of how they can reduce this sheer amount of size by switching off and travelling more sustainably."

Anyone visiting the University of Leicester during Big Green Week, which lasts until October 31st, will be given the opportunity to calculate their carbon footprint and relate it to the Cube, to help them assess how their lifestyle impacts on the environment.

Other activities taking place as part of the week include a Big Switch Off and a climate change debate.

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