Climate Week is a supercharged national campaign to inspire a new wave of action on climate change. It culminates with thousands of events and activities taking place throughout the week of 4 to 10 March 2013, planned by organisations from every part of society. Showcasing real, practical ways to combat climate change, the campaign aims to renew our ambition to create a more sustainable, low-carbon future.
The window of opportunity for action on climate change is rapidly closing. The UK is far from where it needs to be, but in every sector solutions are being pioneered, adopted and refined. The campaign aims to accelerate and enhance this process by inspiring more action through real examples - both the small improvements and the big innovations.
Climate Week is backed by every part of society - from the Prime Minister to Paul McCartney, the NHS to the Met Office, the TUC to the CBI, Girlguiding UK to the National Association of Head Teachers.
The prestigious Climate Week Awards recognise the most inspirational and impressive actions taking place in every sector of society. The judging panel contains figures such as Tony Juniper, Special Advisor to the Prince of Wales Charities International Sustainability Unit, the former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson, and the Bishop of London. Winners from 2012 included Seawater Greenhouse, a project to make the desert bloom, the Ecoisland Project, a community initiative to turn the Isle of White into a self-sustaining community; and the Sustainable Restaurant Association’s ’Too Good to Waste’ campaign, encouraging people to take leftover food home in doggy bags. Nominations are now open and the deadline for entries is 25th January 2013.
You can register now for the Climate Week Challenge, which is judged by celebrities and is free to take part in. The Climate Week Challenge in 2012 was Britain's biggest ever environmental competition, with over 130,000 people participating in the one day and one-hour versions. This year teams from schools, workplaces, and community groups will again be challenged to come up with creative solutions to a problem that is only revealed to participants during Climate Week.
The Climate Week Swap is a new element to the campaign for 2013, highlighting the positive impact that swapping furniture, equipment, books, toys, DVDs and other items can have on our environment. Run a ‘furniture-swap’ event in your workplace, with other businesses, and your customers, and reduce costs while saving those resources from going to landfill!
The Climate Week Pub Quiz will also be run in pubs and workplaces up and down the country. This takes a light-hearted look at issues of climate change and sustainability and will be available for download prior to the Week itself. This is perfect for a Friday after-work drink but could just as easily be run during one lunch-time during Climate Week.
Organisations and individuals can get involved right now by starting to plan an event for Climate Week. This provides a unique opportunity to profile their own initiatives and innovations to stakeholders and staff, customers and the community, members and the media. They can also spread the word in advance, so that others find out about Climate Week in time to plan their own activities.
To find out more about Climate Week, or to register your event, go to www.climateweek.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone on 020 3397 2601.