UTTOXETER is joining thousands of people across the UK by taking part in climate action campaign the Great Big Green Week. Starting this weekend, the town’s Big Green Festival will include a host of activities around protecting nature and tackling climate change.
Spearheaded by the Globe Foundation’s Sustainable Uttoxeter, the festival will be launched by BBC Wildlife presenter, Philippa Forrester, at a Gala Dinner on Saturday.
The nationwide campaign is highlighting the need for urgent action on climate and nature ahead of COP26, the United Nations Climate talks, which will be held later this year in Glasgow.
The Great Big Green Week runs from September 18 to 26 aims to draw attention to climate change, destruction of the natural world, while also making a connection with these issues in communities like Uttoxeter, at the same time as showcasing actions to tackle climate change.
BBC Wildlife presenter, author and TV personality Philippa Forrester will launch the Uttoxeter festivities on Saturday 18 September at the inaugural Gala Dinner which is bringing together local decision makers to pledge their support for action in Uttoxeter and the surrounding areas as part of Sustainable Uttoxeter Environment & Climate Commission, a partnership and community-led initiative seeking to achieve net zero carbon in the area by 2030.
Then the week of green-themed activities will continue with wildlife trails, hedgehog workshops, eco-song-writing sessions, craft workshops, green social drinks, clean-up days, business panels, climate seminars and two accredited climate literacy training courses.
The festival will finish with a bang, with Picnic in the Park at Bramshall Road Park on Sunday 25 September.
This family event is free to attend and will have a range of stalls, activities, food and drink vendors and games.
There will also be an open-air cinema showing of David Attenborough’s A Life On This Planet.
The local week is being led by The Globe Foundation with support from lots of local organisations including Staffordshire University, Trent & Dove Housing, Chamber of Commerce, Staffordshire Business Environment Network, Uttoxeter Town Council, East Staffordshire Borough Council, TTTV, East Staffordshire Green Party, Hoglets Wildlife Education and many more.
For further information about the Uttoxeter Big Green Week, including details on how to get involved and take part, visit biggreenweek.org.
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