Thousands of events, created by lots of different organisations, are being planned that celebrate communities as they tackle climate change and support green spaces. From concerts to community talks and workshops, there will be something for everyone: the only qualification for organisers is that they care about and want to act on climate change.
Why now? The answer is simple. Climate change is the challenge of our lifetime. Here in Avon and across the UK we are already seeing its impacts on our wildlife populations, and the time to tackle it is now. This year, we in the UK have a huge opportunity to raise our ambitions, because we are hosting a major UN climate summit, known as COP26, in Glasgow this November. This means Government and local authorities want to be seen as ambitious in tackling climate change. With Avon Wildlife Trust’s backing, Bristol City Council, Bath and North East Somerset Council and North Somerset Council all declared ecological emergencies in 2020, and we hope they’ve set a path that others will follow.
At a regional level, there are a host of ways for you to get involved with helping wildlife as part of the Great Big Green Week. Along with the Natural History Consortium, Avon Wildlife Trust are supporting Bristol City Council and other organisations to deliver the One City Ecological Environmental Strategy – a bold vision for how the city of Bristol can tackle the climate and ecological emergencies that face us. Taking part in the Great Big Green Week is a great way to engage in that local vision. Events range from hands-on practical conservation sessions to art installations.