Timon Singh

The Carbon Footprint of the Royal Wedding Equal to 6,765 Tons of CO2

by , 04/29/11

However it must be said that the Royal Family ARE making an effort to be as green as possible. The Prince of Wales has already said he will be providing local, seasonal food and flowers and will be turning off the lights of Buckingham Palace at night (much to the anger of many in the international media). Also, all documents are said to be printed on recycled paper, and FSC-certified wood will be used to build the media stands.

Prince William and Kate have also reportedly done their part by choosing an engagement ring made from Welsh gold rather than minerals from an exploitative mine. The dress is also said to be organic, made from vegan silk and organic Fair Tade cotton. (It’s not like she was going to wear a second-hand dress.) The couple has also asked guests to plant trees for them and make donations to charities including Earthwatch.

Speaking on the subject, a spokesman from Clarence House and St. James’ Palace was quoted as saying: “Clarence House and St James Palace always strive to minimize their carbon emissions and make any event as environmentally friendly as possible. The royal wedding is no exception.”

Plans to recycle materials in the aftermath of the big day are also afoot. Veolia Environmental Services, Westminster City Council’s waste management contractor, have said they expect to collect approximately 140 tonnes of waste, much of which will be recycled.

So there you go. It’s not all bad. As for me, I’m doing by part – instead of watching the wedding on T.V., I’m opting to go camping for the weekend and watch the highlights on YouTube. Congratulations Will and Kate, have a lovely day – thanks for the day off.

+ Landcare Research

via The Telegraph

Lead image © Oldmaison

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3 Comments

  1. Adrianaq April 29, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    And the Olympic Games, the football World Cup, presidential travels, travel to fairs around the world, travel for rock concerts, music Festibals in USA and UK … please seriously?

  2. skippypt April 29, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Did they consider the offset of carbon from what all these visitors would have been producing elsewhere in the world had they not visited? Also did they actually increase the numeber of trains, subways and plane trips in London or were there just more people on these systems actually making them more efficient. Well it may make people more aware of effects of these things it also seems a little bit misleading.

  3. caeman April 28, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Come on now, it is their happy day of marriage. Leave the hippy crap at home. Just wish the best for a long and happy marriage leave the ecopolitics out of it.

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