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Since we declared a climate emergency in July 2019, we have been working hard to help make the borough a greener and better place to live, and to reduce the carbon emissions from Richmond upon Thames so we can play our part in tackling climate change.

But we can’t do it alone and we need everyone in the borough to do their part in reducing carbon emissions, improving our environment, preparing for the impacts of climate change and protecting our green spaces and biodiversity. As part of our commitment to taking positive climate action we are teaming up with our partners at Habitats and Heritage to deliver a weeklong programme of practical activities, talks, and educational events during Richmond Climate Week. These events will run from 1 to 7 November 2021.

Our aim is that Richmond Climate Week will help our residents, businesses and communities learn about climate change, understand what can be done to help prevent it and to inspire everyone to take action.

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Climate week events

Each day will have a dedicated theme ranging from reducing waste at home to improving air quality in our community. We will host a range of events and activities relating to the theme of that day, primarily focusing on:

  • Explaining how to reduce your carbon footprint at home
  • Highlighting ongoing local climate projects
  • Demonstrating how to get involved in tackling climate change in our community

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Monday 1 November: food, waste and recycling

Ensuring the food we consume comes from sustainable sources and minimising the waste we throw away is an essential component in reducing our carbon footprints at home. Our events on Monday will focus on sustainable shopping, what can and cannot be recycled, and how common food waste can be used in cooking.

Tuesday 2 November: energy saving

Reducing the amount of energy we use domestically is not only fantastic for the environment but can help to cut energy bills too. On Tuesday we will be sharing information on how you can cut the cost of insulating your home through government retrofitting schemes, as well as giving tips on reducing energy use at home.

Wednesday 3 November: youth and education

Young people will have an important role to play in tackling climate change. That’s why we are partnering with local schools to deliver a day of climate related activities to get children and young people engaged in the most important issue of our time. Our primary school event will highlight the importance of our natural world and the actions children can take. Our secondary school event will be run as a ‘mock-COP26 conference’ with students representing different nations and viewpoints to highlight the political complexity of the climate crisis.

Thursday 4 November: heritage and climate change

Climate change will have a significant impact on the world around us including our heritage buildings and cultural locations. Tuesday's activities will include sharing information on how residents living in old or listed buildings can make their homes more energy efficient and reduce their climate impact, as well as the impact that climate change will have on our local parks and commons.

Friday 5 November: transport and air quality

Transport currently accounts for roughly 24% of CO2 emissions globally. This means that rethinking how we travel and reducing CO2 emissions from transportation is key to tackling climate change. We will be hosting events focusing on how we can encourage active travel for short journeys including cycling and walking. We will also be looking at how we can reduce car use in our day-to-day lives, as well as events showcasing the benefits of switching to electric cars.

Saturday 6 November: net zero

On Saturday we will host an open forum event with stalls from a large number of local climate groups and charities. These will highlight our local climate projects, activities, and will also be an opportunity for local residents to learn about and get advice on reducing their carbon footprints. In addition, there will be climate and nature related art activities for children.

Sunday 7 November: nature, environment and biodiversity

Sunday will give adults and children a fantastic opportunity to get practically involved in tacking climate change and preserving our local environment, with an organised litter pick and tree planting activities. 

In the evening we are very excited to host a panel event on the topic of ‘net zero’. The panel will include experts on a range of climate related fields ranging from the economic impacts and sustainable consumerism to nature-based solutions to climate change. They will discuss the climate crisis and the potential solutions.

Updated: 21 October 2021

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