Better today, better tomorrow
Newport has a choice.
The good news is we can easily make the right choice - a choice for a cleaner, greener, happier, healthier, wealthier Newport.
Planet Newport is about choosing these things together. We will all share the benefits – and the added bonus is that if we make the right choice we can all stop worrying about the future, because the future will look after itself.
Thousands of people in Newport feel the same – together we have already achieved huge success in cutting out waste, sharing the fabulous natural environments in our city, and becoming a leader in education.
This isn’t about sacrificing the things we enjoy, but about looking after the things that really matter – our families, communities, city, and environment. Who wouldn’t want Newport to stand out as a place where everyone can be proud?
Planet Newport is Newport City Council’s commitment to play its part in doing just that.
What is Planet Newport?
Planet Newport brings together the things that help to make Newport a better place to live – our society, economy, and environment. Balancing these three things will result in a sustainable city we can all be proud to live and work in.
What do you mean, sustainable?
Sustainability means different things to different people, but put simply it is about common sense – the simple, sensible choices which mean a better today, and a better tomorrow.
It is about:
- conserving our unique natural environment in Newport
- reducing, reusing, and recycling the waste we produce
- fairness and justice for everybody who lives in the city or comes here to visit
- smarter council services that make the best use of public money
- a happier, healthier Newport now, and for the generations to come
This is why sustainability is about making the common sense choice. Looking after what we have, only using what we need, and promoting fairness, equality, happiness and health are the right choices for everyone.
The big picture
The Brundtland Commission of the United Nations report Our Common Future (opens new website) defines sustainability as:
“meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”
Newport’s status as the newest city in Wales is also significant. Wales is one of only a handful of countries in the whole world where the government has accepted a statutory duty to promote sustainability.
The Welsh Assembly Government has published One Wales: One Planet (opens new website), which sets out its scheme for delivering a sustainable Wales. Newport City Council, through Planet Newport, whole-heartedly supports the aims of this scheme – living better in Newport benefits Wales as a whole.