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Abingdon Carbon Cutters is a Community Action Group formed to help reduce the carbon footprint of Abingdon in response to climate change, and to promote a sustainable and resilient lifestyle for our town as fossil fuel stocks decline. We meet on the third Wednesday of each month at St Ethelwold's House, which is here.

At some meetings, we have guest speakers to present various topics, and at others we discuss our own personal actions to address climate change. The group has a focus on encouragement, both of one another, and of the town community.

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Sunday, May 24, 2009

National liftshare Day is coming - how much could you save?

National liftshare Day is the biggest car-sharing event of the year - a time to give it a try and see how much you could save - so make sure you have a sharer or two lined up for Tuesday 9 June. Last year, 16,000 new members signed up in June alone, dramatically increasing your likelihood of finding someone to share with.

There are lots of ways to get involved and help spread the word:

* If you haven't already got a car-sharer or two, try running another search by logging onto your account at www.liftshare.com. Hundreds of people join the network every day, so there is every possibility that someone going your way has joined since you last logged on. And don't forget that you don't need a car to car-share; lots of drivers are happy to offer a lift in exchange for a contribution to fuel costs and some friendly company!
* Add an automated signature to your personal emails which encourages people to try car-sharing. We have created one you can download - just go to www.liftshare.com/sig.asp
* Encourage your friends, family and colleagues to give car-sharing a try on National liftshare Day by sending them an email telling them about the benefits;
* Suggest your employer does more to promote car-sharing in the work place. They can find out more about how we can help at www.liftshare.com/business.

According to the Drivers’ Alliance, the cost of using a car has risen in real terms by as much as 35% in the last six years. That’s on top of the financial pressures of the current recession and the rise in fuel duty of 2p per litre from September announced in the Chancellor's budget speech last week. Yet commuters who car-share every day often save many hundreds of pounds a year (such as these happy sharers!)
Keeping your profile up-to-date

You can update your profile with information such as whether you’re a smoker, whether you want to receive these occasional e-newsletters and whether you want email alerts - you can also change your contact details. You’ll find it all on your ‘My Settings’ page.

And don’t forget that you can personalise your profile by adding your photo.
Join us on Facebook and Twitter

Have you found us on Facebook yet? Keep in touch with events and news, and share your thoughts and photos, by becoming a fan of ‘liftshare - car-sharing network’!

And if you are Twittering... you can follow us at @liftshare_team.
Ever thought of walking or cycling to work?

If you do not live too far from work, you might have considered walking or cycling sometimes - but were maybe put off by the idea of doing it alone. Well now is the time to give it a try! This is Walk to Work Week (27 April-1 May) and Bike Week is from 13-21 June. You can use your liftshare account to do a search for a WalkBUDi or a BikeBUDi to keep you company.
You are invited to The Big Lunch!

The Big Lunch will involve millions of people sitting down to eat lunch at the same time - in their street, with their community, on Sunday 19 July.

Just as car-sharing is all about bringing individuals together, so is The Big Lunch. It's really easy to get involved; to find out how to organise a Big Lunch - and for tips, ideas and resources - just go to www.thebiglunch.com or call 020 7636 8152.
And finally... help us to help you to car-share!

The more members there are on the liftshare network, the more chances you have of finding more matches.

Stick a car sticker in your rear windscreen and you’ll be getting the message to countless people travelling the same way as you. Just send us a stamped addressed envelope to car-share stickers, liftshare, Butterfly Hall, Carvers Lane, Attleborough, Norfolk NR17 1AB, and we’ll send you 3 stickers at no cost.

Best wishes and happy car-sharing!

Everyone at liftshare

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