Tackling climate change at the Great Big Green Week

Are you ready for the Great Big Green Week? Between 18th and 26th September, Lancaster residents will be taking part in the largest nationwide event for climate and nature ever seen in the UK, to highlight the need for urgent action on climate and nature ahead of COP26, the United Nations Climate talks, later this year in Glasgow.

Organised by The Climate Coalition, the UK’s largest group of people dedicated to action against climate change, the local programme of events will be co-ordinated by Transition City Lancaster. It will include an open day at Claver Hill Community Food Growing Project, a tour of Forgebank, a multi-award winning eco cohousing project at Halton, and a whole range of informative, fun, and engaging events and activities.

Kathy Barton of Transition City Lancaster said, ‘This summer we have seen the impacts of extreme weather caused by climate change all around us, from devastating floods in Germany and China, to horrific fires in Greece and the USA. Climate change is the fight of our lifetime.”

Lancaster district has a long, proud history of green innovation and action, with Lancaster University often leading the way with things like low carbon technologies, such as wind turbines, and their bio-mass boiler, which provides zero-carbon heating for the University. Many local community organisations build green sustainability into their business plans, and many local groups work tirelessly to help residents and communities live the most environmentally friendly way possible, like LESS, or food growing projects like Claver Hill or Fork to Fork.

“This summer has shown us that climate crisis is with us here and now”, said Caroline Jackson, Leader of  Lancaster City Council. “We are all being challenged to transform our thinking and our actions to take on a new low carbon future. I encourage everyone to come along to the events advertised. The Great Big Green Week is leading the way, showing us how our community organisations are doing life differently.”

You can keep up to date on what’s happening during the Great Big Green Week by visiting the Transition City Lancaster website here – https://transitioncitylancaster.org/big-green-week/.

To find out more about local green and environmental groups, including how to volunteer with them, contact Lancaster District CVS via email at [email protected]