• Lee Calver
  • 25 February 2014

Climate Week 2014 – do your bit!

Britain’s biggest climate change campaign, Climate Week, takes place next week, aiming to inspire a new wave of action to create a sustainable future.

Running from 3-9 March, Climate Week, which showcases practical solutions from every sector of society, will include events run by schools, businesses, charities, councils and many others.

Since the inception of Climate Week in 2011, thousands of people have run events during the week, showing exactly what can be achieved, sharing ideas and encouraging thousands more to act during the rest of the year.

Climate Week has been described as a ‘supercharged national occasion that offers an annual renewal of our ambition and confidence to combat climate change’.

Furthermore, it is for everyone wanting to do their bit to protect our planet and create a secure future.

More often than not, there is far too much negative press, but Climate Week aims to shine a spotlight on the many positive steps already being taken in workplaces and communities across Britain.

It states:

“The power of these real, practical examples – the small improvements and the big innovations – will then inspire millions more people.”

Helping to inspire millions to act is one of the great things about Climate Week as anyone can get involved if they want to. Each year, half a million people attend over 3,000 events across the UK, run by organisations from every part of society, and if you want to be a part of it, you can always organise your own event.

Here are some suggestions about what you can use the week to do:

  • Position your organisation as offering leadership on climate change in your sector, community or the media.
  • Run an event profiling your own projects and products to the audiences that matter to you – whether they’re stakeholders or staff, customers or the community, members or media.
  • Contribute real value to the way society addresses climate change by sharing your work with others who work in the same field, share the same interests or live in the same area.
  • Bring benefits to your organisation – by boosting stakeholder engagement, media coverage or staff morale.
  • Take part in the Climate Week Challenge as a fun way to engage pupils, students and work colleagues.

Last year, Workplace Law took part in the one-hour version of the Climate Week Challenge, which is completely free and can be done on any day during the week.

If you are worried about the time it will take you to prepare for the event, you needn’t be - no preparation is needed and all that a team requires to take part is a table to work at with pens and paper.

In 2013, the challenge was to design the ultimate eco-home, which both teams at Workplace Law felt they had managed to do! In 2011, the challenge was to develop a green idea that would make or save money, while in 2012 it was to make the space around you better for the environment. 2014’s challenge will no doubt will be as entertaining and thought provoking as previous years, so register to take part by clicking here.

Martin Baxter, Executive Director, Policy, IEMA, is a proud supporter of Climate Week and via Twitter has already revealed the exciting plans IEMA has in store for next week.

Speaking ahead of the event, Martin said:

“Climate Week is an excellent opportunity for environment and sustainability professionals to raise the profile of the actions your organisation is already undertaking to reduce emissions and become more resilient. Use it to generate new ideas, celebrate successes and improvements that you’ve already made.”

He added:

“It’s also a great opportunity to engage colleagues in helping to address climate change. You can use it to get people involved, helping to generate a good team spirit, encouraging people to learn from each other and to further embed a good culture into everyday work activities.”

A quote from the organisers of Climate Week reads: ‘You can help accelerate action on climate change by making Climate Week happen where you are’, and we want to hear about what you will be getting up to throughout the week – our latest forum discussion group is dedicated to Climate Week 2014 and is open for everyone to discuss and share their exciting plans and innovative ideas.