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With synchronised collective action, huge impact can be made in short spaces of time

1. One Week encourages UK citizens to collectively pull up their sleeves, make some sacrifices and focus their efforts en masse over 7 days, to a range of the most pressing issues we face today - an implementation of unified action to the things that count. The first One Week will ask people to ration their energy use as much as possible.

The concept...

2. While many are aware of the things that we should be doing to help our environment, our economy, our own physical and mental health, our communities and even our businesses, we tend not to address them to the potential that we might possess. 

3. However necessary it might be, the natural inclination for an individual is to continue with normal habits, even while conscious of, for example, the energy and climate crisis, in the belief that their singular action would be irrelevant. If the timeframe were 7 days however and people were aware they were not alone, then it would no longer seem such a big ask.

6. Even something small, if enough people follow suit, can make an enormous difference. 

The hope is that this would also spark some sense of national cohesion at a time when we desperately need it and that there would be a significant residual benefit as people continue to a degree to deploy the lessons learnt. For examples of what we can be doing, go to the 'How You Can Help' page.

5. While we all know that turning off light bulbs is the right thing to do, and may even think we already do that, our collective efforts remain relatively half-hearted.

The scope for what we can all achieve if we employ some Dunkirk spirit and apply some hard work over a week is vast. Our efforts over one week can make a significant dent in issues such as environment, economy, health, education, community and more.

4. For example, if every one of the households in the UK turned a single 50W light bulb off for 4 hours longer than usual every day for 7 days this would save 34.5 million kWH of power, something that would save 55,328 barrels of oil. That’s just one light bulb per household. It's worth considering the impact should that apply to all light bulbs in homes and businesses across the country.

Based on the numbers we got from our pilot (household average saving of 20kwh and business 11% of weekly normal use) we could save the equivalent of the following in one week if the whole country took part...

Annual CO2 emissions of 138,497 petrol vehicles
The greenhouse gas emissions avoided by using 175 wind turbines over a year
Annual CO2 emissions of 1.6 natural gas fired power plants
The amount of carbon sequestered annually by 10.6 million tree seedlings grown for ten years
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