AS the UN’s climate change summit approaches, Warrington Climate Emergency Commission is leading the charge locally with a range of events for people and businesses to engage with climate action this November.
The Climate Emergency Forum 2023 is a programme of events that runs from Saturday 18 November to Monday 4 December, put together by the Climate Emergency Commission, a group set up to lead the local public conversation on what we need to do in Warrington to help tackle the climate and ecological emergencies.
The programme includes a cinema screening of “The Business of Nature” part of the Save Our Wild Isles series, a free drop-in repair service in Birchwood, an event at University Centre Warrington to showcase Warrington action in response to the Climate Emergency, and an event to mark Carbon Literacy Action Day.
Birchwood Repair Café – Saturday 18 November, 10am – 1pm
The Café is a free drop-in community repair service giving you the chance to fix broken items keeping them in use and out of the waste stream. A team of volunteers are on hand who can help fix a variety of items including but not limited to bikes, electric goods, electronics, clothes and zips and costume jewellery.
Bring items for repair along to Birchwood Youth and Community Centre on Delentry Drive from 10am. Donations are welcome but are not required. There will be a pop-up café selling homemade cakes.
At the November repair café, you can also find out about the work of the Warrington Climate Emergency Commission and how you can play a part in responding to the climate emergency.
Save Our Wild Isles: The Business of Nature, Warrington Screening – Wednesday 22 November, 12.40pm – 2pm
A lunchtime learning session aimed at the local business community. This Save Our Wild Isles film, “The Business of Nature” is a very powerful call to action, with contributions from influential business leaders.
We will discuss how the biodiversity crisis is bad for business, but how, by taking action, businesses can help turn the tide for nature and turn nature recovery into a crucial business opportunity – and how important it is to put nature alongside climate in all decision-making processes.
This event will include a discussion, facilitated by Ben Tolhurst, Director of Business Declares and a local resident. This will enable those watching the film to give their feedback and debate points raised in the screening.
Climate Express: Warrington’s local response to the climate emergency – Tuesday 28 November, 5.30pm – 8pm
An evening event hosted by the University of Chester and Warrington Climate Emergency Commission. Take inspiration from others taking practical action in response to the climate and ecological emergencies in Warrington. Hear the story so far followed by a series of short presentations to illustrate local action.
Connect with and learn from others in the “marketplace” space and start planning you next steps to help amplify the impact of local action.
Using Carbon Literacy to boost climate action in Warrington – Monday 4 December, 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Hosted by the council and charity Pure Leapfrog, the event will mark the global Carbon Literacy Action Day.
Find out more about Carbon Literacy and how it can help you develop your own response to the climate emergency. Hear from several organisations already using Carbon Literacy in Warrington, and learn about a new local initiative to boost the uptake of Carbon Literacy by businesses and Parish Councils.
Cllr Janet Henshaw, cabinet member for sustainability and climate change, said: “The first ever Climate Emergency Forum in Warrington includes a real mix of events to inspire, inform, and motivate people and organisations to tackle the climate and ecological emergencies head-on.
“The programme has been created by the commission with support from a range of local organisations working together to encourage real change in Warrington.”
Cllr David Ellis, Chair of Warrington’s Climate Emergency Commission, said: “As the media focus shifts to international progress via the upcoming UN Conference, it is important that we don’t lose sight of our local role making the changes needed.
“We need to see action from all quarters across Warrington – at home, at work, and in our communities. The Climate Action Forum provides a chance for people and organisations to come together and learn from each other, so that we can achieve more than we would otherwise achieve alone.”
For more information, visit the Climate Emergency Forum webpage, and book your tickets for the forum events on Eventbrite.
To learn more about the commission and sign up to the climate emergency ebulletin, visit warringtonclimatecommission.org.uk