Action-packed Climate Week in Birmingham

By on 18/03/2011 in News

A wide range of informative and entertaining events has been planned by Birmingham City Council for Climate Week (March 21-27).

The events will showcase solutions and positive steps that will help combat climate change and include the city being shortlisted for a prestigious Climate Week Award for its 2010 Climate Change Festival.

Birmingham's line-up of activities for this week include:

Tuesday (March 22) -Martineau Centre – 9am-12.45pm -Teachers' Carbon Conference: Many headteachers took part in carbon reduction workshops led by the Carbon Trust in November 2010. They have since developed projects and action plans in their schools, significantly reducing their energy consumption with behaviour change. This conference takes the work forward and will give feedback from participating schools.

Tuesday (March 22) Local Food Fair – Midland Co-operative at the Birmingham Midland Institute - 3pm-5pm: The Midland Co-op will be giving free samples of their new locally-sourced food range including locally-sourced beer.

Tuesday (March 22) - Council House - 5.15pm-7.30pm – A night with Rob Hopkins (author of the Transition Handbook and leader of the 'Transition Towns' movement): This will be followed by the Making Birmingham Green Community Awards where community and voluntary organisations will be presented with certificates in recognition of their work on low carbon community projects funded through the Birmingham Environmental Partnership. Open to all.

Wednesday (March 23) - Launch of Birmingham Green Restaurant Awards - Moor Hall Hotel, Sutton Coldfield: Cllr Timothy Huxtable is launching Birmingham's Green Restaurant Awards at the venue of the winners of the 2010 award. Entrants will be judged on what actions they have taken to improve the environment and sustainability in the categories of: waste management, energy reduction, staff and community and purchasing. Attendance by Invitation only.

Thursday (March 24) -Thomas Vale Construction and Urban Design Sustainability Day at Woodcock Street: A number of schools are attending the construction site of Birmingham City Council's soon-to-open administrative building to interact with a number of exhibits designed to help improve their knowledge of the construction industry.

Friday (March 25) CABE/MADE Schools 'Green Day' teacher training day at the new MAC in Cannon Hill Park, Edgbaston: More than 40 teachers and practitioners from across the West Midlands will be trained on how to run a Green Day in their schools. Green Days will then take place the week commencing June 5 of this year. Green Day is in its fourth year in Birmingham. Everything on the curriculum has a sustainable theme and an alternative timetable in the afternoon allows for fun, informative activities and everyone wears something green on the day.


For more information, or to arrange to send media representatives to any of these events, please contact Kris Kowalewski on 0121 303 3621

About Climate Week (March 21-27):

What is Climate Week?
Climate Week is an exciting new national occasion taking place on 21-27 March 2011. It will showcase the many positive steps being taken to combat climate change, and inspire many more.

Who is Climate Week for?
Climate Week is for everyone in every part of society wanting to do their bit to help combat climate change.
Thousands of businesses, charities, schools, councils and others will run events during Climate Week on 21-27 March 2011. They will show what can be achieved, share ideas and encourage thousands more to act during the rest of the year.

What is the aim of Climate Week?
Climate Week aims to help catalyse a real, long-term shift in the way society approaches climate change. It offers an annual opportunity to focus attention on the challenges and share ideas on how we can overcome them. This will result in many more people and organisations adopting the huge number of changes that can be made, in virtually every area of human activity, to move towards a low-carbon society.
In other words, the focus of Climate Week is on how we can combat climate change. It is a campaign to offer powerful opportunities for change to the many people who want to do their bit.
Climate Week's main focus is on people bringing about change through the organisations and networks that they are involved with - such as their workplaces, schools and community groups. This is because they can then have a much greater impact than would be possible solely through changes to their own personal lifestyles.

Who is co-ordinating Climate Week?
Climate Week is an independent campaign founded by social campaigner Kevin Steele and co-ordinated nationally by a small London-based team. It is backed by a huge number of people and organisations from every part of society who are co-ordinating their own activities for their areas and sectors.

Who are Climate Week's partners?
Climate Week is sponsored by a Headline Partner and four Supporting Partners who are deeply committed to action on climate change. By reducing the carbon emissions of their products, services or operations, or by enabling the development of new low-carbon ways of doing things more widely in society, they are playing an active role in the journey towards a low-carbon world:

•    Tesco aims to become a zero-carbon business by 2050 - without purchasing offsets. In addition it has committed to work with its suppliers to reduce emissions from products in its supply chain by 30% by 2020, and to have found ways to help its customers halve their own carbon footprints by 2020.
•    Aviva was the first insurer to go carbon-neutral worldwide
•    EDF Energy is Britain's largest producer of low-carbon electricity
•    Kellogg's is reducing greenhouse emissions 15-20% per tonne of food
•    RBS is providing financial services for Britain's low-carbon transition

What will happen during Climate Week?
During Climate Week, people and organisations will run events and activities that focus attention on the challenges of climate change, highlight the solutions and create chances to share ideas and inspire action.
This will have a particularly strong influence on other people who work in the same sector or profession, share the same interests or live in the same area. This will inspire them to seek to emulate good practice they see. If this takes place across society then, as a society, we will collectively raise our game.

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