From 24-29 October, immediately prior to the global COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, a week-long Climate Action Week will be held in Canterbury District.
The Climate Action Week is being organised by the Canterbury Climate Action Partnership (CCAP) in association with the Canterbury Festival and a wide range of its partners including Canterbury City Council, Kent County Council, the Canterbury Society, the Canterbury Business Improvement District and our local schools and universities. It is also supported by its patrons: The Rt Revd. Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Rosie Duffield MP, Cllr Robert Thomas
There will be a wide range of activities and events organised around local government, local community groups, green business and students and staff.
Confirmed participants include the Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Bishop of Dover, Canterbury MP Rosie Duffield MP, Lead councillor on climate, Dan Watkins and the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Local Government Forum Lucy Slack.
The week will start with the United Nations Service at Canterbury Cathedral on Sunday 24 at 5.30pm and conclude with a public rally at Westgate Hall, Friday 29 at 9.30am. It will include a special Festival Talk on the Global Climate Emergency at the Cathedral Lodge, Monday 25 at 7pm. Green Businesses will be celebrated on Wednesday 27, when Canterbury BID highlights local businesses committed to reducing carbon emissions, address climate change and promote biodiversity with the launch of new trails.
It is the aim of the Climate Action Week to engage the public on the importance of addressing the climate emergency, to promote a climate-friendly Recovery from Covid, focussed on new green jobs and investments and to showcase what is being done in the district to promote the drive for Zero Carbon emissions. Above all, it is hoped to engage individual citizens in demonstrating what they themselves can do to address climate change in reducing carbon-intensive activities, engaging in land and greenhouse gas removals, low-energy carbon supplies and adopting sustainable transport and heating solutions.
During the Climate Action Week, CCAP will be launching the new 2022 Climate Action Awards for local communities, business and educational institutions. To finance this work and its ongoing public education activities and support local projects like the repair café and plastic-free initiatives, CCAP, which is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company, staffed by volunteers, has put out a crowd-funding appeal with an initial target of £10,000.
Speaking to launch the Canterbury Climate Action Week, CCAP Chair Dr Carl Wright said:
‘I am greatly encouraged at the fantastic engagement by so many local partners in our forthcoming Canterbury Climate Action Week, including by the Canterbury Festival. This is a great opportunity to involve citizens and to showcase Canterbury and district in the run up to COP26. As a Community Interest Company, CCAP is committed to work with our local council, grass-roots organisations, business and educational bodies in the drive to Zero Carbon and we are undertaking a crowdfunding appeal to support this vital work’.
For more information on the programme, venues and the associated Crowdfunding Appeal visit www.ccap.org.uk