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    By Shareef Tai
    27 Jun 2007
    Dale Vince welcomes Gordon Brown to office with a characteristically cheeky ad in the Guardian - Image 1

    Dale Vince said of the ad, "We've needed a change in power for a very long time. A change in power from Carbon to Renewable. Today I'd like to take Gordon at his word, I'd like to engage in an open debate on energy, environment and community - bring people together with a shared sense of national purpose so that we, Britain, have a say in the future of our country and can make sure we have one."

    The green Union Jack that took up the majority of the page is a symbol Dale wants us to take to our hearts - a national emblem for change. "The New Green Union Jack symbolises that change; a change in attitude, a positive new green energy ambition, and a new unity. Britain can come together if we focus on our common cause, it's called climate change."

    But, according to Vince, it's not a protest symbol. "We love the old Jack, this is more about activism, it's about refocusing ourselves on the future and taking positive action to make sure we have one."

    Dale today launched a new website www.dalevince.co.uk where he sets out his manifesto for a future free from carbon; "A new era, beyond carbon, driven by a second industrial revolution, fuelled by sustainable energy and completely carbon free, it's a target as well as an ambition - our idea is a world free of man made carbon by 2050. Welcome to ZERO."

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    Ecotricity believes that only by continuously building new sources of green energy can we make a real impact on the root causes of climate change in the UK. By changing where our electricity comes from we can tackle the UK's biggest single source of climate change.

    Using existing cables and meters Ecotricity can supply any home or business in mainland UK. It also guarantees, for many, to match the standard price of every regional supplier in the UK (known as the Big Six) so switching to green energy needn't cost more. Something Ecotricity calls 'green for the price of brown'.

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