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Thursday, March 30, 2017
Christian charity sponsors house to save the planet
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¬†A life-saving eco-home and garden sponsored by Christian Aid, is set to be a dramatic centre piece to the October Grand Designs Live NEC show in Birmingham this Friday ≠ Sunday. Christian Aid will be transporting visitors to the show from the heart of England to a green and global village with the aim of raising awareness of the charity's work addressing the impact of climate change in some of the world's poorest communities. Grand Designs Live is based on the successful talkback THAMES series for Channel 4, which is presented by design guru Kevin McCloud. The show is committed to being as green as possible. Presenter Kevin McCloud said: "Sustainability has moved from being a fringe issue to something that touches every aspect of our lives." The eco-home is inspired by Christian Aid-supported communities around the globe. The home will feature four separate displays representing how each of the communities is adapting to climate change, how they are dealing with the consequences and protecting their surrounding environment. Visitors to the display will get a feel for life in Honduras, Central America, where people are tackling deforestation, preparing for hurricanes and increasingly heavy tropical storms. Bangladesh and Indonesia are spotlighted in the Asia section which will look at the implication of rising sea levels and flooding. While in Africa the focus is the latest drought and food crisis in Kenya. The final part of the display focuses on the UK and Christian Aid's campaign to encourage people to take action on climate change by reducing their own carbon emissions, adapting their homes and campaigning with Christian Aid for more government action to stop global warming. Eco-design features will include walls that are built using sustainable techniques that not only protect the environment but can also protect their inhabitants from disasters. The display will also show how communities in the developing world are embracing an eco-friendly way of life. The Honduras home features a strengthened rammed-earth wall, insect-repellent decorative paint taken from local plants, a recycled tyre defence wall and tree replanting. In the Asia section visitors can step up onto a home raised on stilts to avoid flooding, featuring biogas and emergency assistance packs, whilst in Africa the homes feature ventilation systems, rain water collecting butts and solar panels. People will also be able to support Christian Aid's work by 'purchasing' a virtual Present Aid gift, some of which are featured in the home, including tree saplings and solar panels. When you buy a gift the money doesn't necessarily buy that item. In order to make sure your gift has the maximum impact; our partners and Christian Aid choose the precise gifts needed for each community. But we guarantee your financial gift will be put into a closely related fund that supports Christian Aid's work, energy, emergencies and disaster preparedness, agriculture and livestock, health including HIV/AIDS, water and environment, education, training and campaigning on behalf and throughout the developing world. For more information on the project, see:
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