Nobody is keen on paying bills, but what if your bill money went towards buying land and giving it back to nature? That’s what green energy company, Ecotricity, are doing with their “green” mobile phone service, Ecotalk – enabling customers to talk, text and surf on their mobile phone and help save nature.
In the first of its kind in the UK and probably the world, Ecotalk offers pay-monthly SIMS with call, text and data services powered entirely by green energy from the wind and sun.
Ecotricty then use the bill money that their customer’s pay to use Ecotalk to buy land and let it run wild, so nature can reclaim the territory.
Flower rich grasslands in the UK have declined by 97% since the 1930s. Bees are suffering too – there are 250 species of bee in the UK, but 35 of them are under threat of extinction.
Ecotricity has teamed up with conservation projects including Buglife, Natural England, Friends of the Earth and The Wildlife Trust to help provide new habitats for all wildlife, especially bees, and to help them give land back to nature.
Ecotricity’s idea to give land back to nature follows its successful Lynch Knoll project in Gloucestershire. In 2004, Ecotricity bought Lynch Knoll and planted 20,000 trees to reinstate the woodland, while allowing nature to run its course on the rest of it by running wild. The land has become a vital habitat for all sorts of birds, small mammals and insects – including bees.
Ecotalk will enable Ecotricity to develop other sites and help put “the bee back in Britain”.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea