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Events are taking place throughout Richmond Climate Week. Each day has a theme where we will looking in more depth at the different aspects of climate change:

Monday 1 November

What happens to recycling? The journey of waste

Our Waste Team are partnering up with West London Waste to deliver a discussion on the journey of your waste and recycling.

Come along to our live event to learn about what happens to your waste and ask your questions about waste and recycling in Richmond!

Event details:

Refill Foods Live Q&A from The Source Bulk Foods

The Source Bulk Foods, a local zero waste refill shop in Richmond, will be going live on Instagram to answer your questions on sustainable shopping, bulk foods, and to give a tour of their shop!

Make sure you come along with your questions and are ready for some top tips on reducing waste from packaging!

Event details:

  • Led by: The Source Bulk Foods
  • Time: 2pm
  • Location: Online
  • Sign Up: No sign up required, simply join us on Instagram Live!
  • Who should attend? Residents interested in reducing waste from packaging.

Food waste cooking demonstration from Masaniello

Join Local Chef Livio from Twickenham Italian restaurant, Masaniello, live from the kitchen. Livio will be showing us how to put together two delicious meals from common food waste items.

What is something you often waste in the kitchen? Learn how to turn it into a culinary delight.

Event details:

The Real Junk Food Project Community Café

The Real Junk Food Project are hosting their award-winning community café at ETNA Community Centre! The Real Junk Food Project take food that would otherwise be thrown away by supermarkets and turn it into delicious, healthy meals on a ‘pay as you feel’ basis.

Come on down on Monday and enjoy a healthy, homemade lunch!

  • Led by: The Real Junk Food Project
  • Time: 11:30am to 1:30pm
  • Location: ETNA Community Centre.
  • Sign up: No sign up required, come to the event
  • Who should attend? Residents interested in reducing food waste

Tuesday 2 November 

Energy Café

Come and talk with Habitats & Heritage, CREW and London Borough of Richmond upon Thames about reducing your energy usage. Find out what support is available to help reduce your energy consumption, reduce your carbon emissions and help you save money too.

Event details:

  • Led by: Habitats & Heritage, CREW and London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
  • Time: 10am to 12.30pm
  • Location: Whitton Community Centre
  • Sign Up: Register to attend Energy Café on Eventbrite or just come along on the day
  • Who should attend? Residents interested in energy savings tips and improvements to reduce fuel bills and reduce carbon emissions

Cargo bike event

Try out our eco-friendly cargo bikes at this pop-up event at Holy Trinity CofE Primary School.

With pollution from traffic having such an effect on air quality as well as the ozone layer, greener modes of transport are much needed. E-cargo bikes could be the solution with their tiny carbon footprint and convenience given that in areas of heavy traffic congestion they are significantly faster than cars and vans. Whether you're transporting heavy goods or taking your kids to school, cargo bikes are the suitable way to travel in the wake of the climate crisis!

Event details:

  • Led by: London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
  • Time: 3 pm
  • Location: Holy Trinity CE Primary and Nursery School
  • Who should attend? Residents interested in greener modes of transport

Energy reduction at home

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.

Event details:

How to start a community energy project or group

Come along to this online event as part of Richmond Climate Week to hear about how you can come together with fellow Richmond residents to start a community energy group or start a community energy project if you are an existing community group.

Community Energy London have a wealth of experience in supporting community energy groups and projects across London and will talk a bit about what they do, how to start a group or project and the support that's on offer to help you. They will have speakers from a range of community energy groups who can share their first hand experience of how they have organised themselves to action on renewable energy and the impact they have made.

Event details:

Richmond Climate Week: Climate Tour of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Staff at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew will be leading a fascinating climate tour during which they will discuss the gardens, how Kew is becoming more sustainable as well as the impacts that climate change will have on the gardens and their precious living collections.

This event will involve around 1 mile of walking, so make sure you bring sturdy footwear!

  • Led by: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • Time: 2 to to 3.15pm
  • Location: Victoria Plaza, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • Sign up: visit the website to book your ticket
  • Who should attend? Residents interested in the impacts of climate change on our natural world

Wednesday 3 November 

Primary School Climate Summit

Event details:

  • Led by: Habitats & Heritage and London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
  • Time: 10am to 12pm
  • Location: York House, Twickenham
  • Sign Up: Schools are signing up for the event directly
  • Who should attend? Pupils who are interested in finding out more about climate change

Secondary School Climate Summit

Event details:

  • Led by: Habitats & Heritage and London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
  • Time: 1 to 3pm
  • Location: York House, Twickenham
  • Sign Up: Schools are signing up for the event directly
  • Who should attend? Pupils who are interested in finding out more about climate change

Thursday 4 November 

Advice on Period Properties and the Climate with SPAB

Period properties hold important historical value and are under threat from changing and more extreme weather patterns in the UK. Join us to find out how we can protect these heritage homes in the wake of the climate crisis.

Event details:

Marble Hill Park Heritage Landscape Tour

Come and join us for a stroll around Marble Hill Park, with its stunning Palladian Villa and its 66 acres of picturesque riverside parkland. On this tour, you will not only experience the beauty of this landscape but also learn about its heritage and history, as well as the impacts climate change could have on its nature.

Event details:

Rewilding in Heritage Landscapes

Join the Thames Landscape Strategy for an exciting talk on flood risk and the Arcadian Thames, as part of Rewilding Arcadia Project. This project aims to deliver a series of nature-based flood risk management projects designed to restore the lost floodplain.

Friday 5 November 

Stepping out of the car

Explore the diverse ways parents in the borough travel and showcase the support available to help you step away from the family car.

This is an online event for all parents or prospective parents of babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and primary schoolers and anyone curious about travelling with a child. The event will be about sharing tips and tricks between parents. It will explore the diverse ways parents in the borough travel and showcase the support available to help you step away from the family car.

Event details:

  • Led by: London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
  • Time: 12pm
  • Location: Online
  • Sign Up: Register for Stepping out of the car on Eventbrite
  • Who should attend? Residents with young children who are interested in trying not to use their cars as much to get around

Climate Change information stall

  • Led by: Richmond Climate Change Team
  • Time: 12 to 3pm
  • Location: Twickenham Library, Garfield Road, Twickenham, TW1 3JT
  • Sign up: Not needed, drop in
  • Who should attend? Residents interested in their carbon footprint and how they can take action

Want to find out more about climate change, what it is, what it means to you and how we can work together to tackle it? Come along to our stall to calculate your carbon footprint and discover ways to take action. And have a chat with a friendly face from the Climate Change Team!

Saturday 6 November

Net Zero and Climate Change Open Forum

Join London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Habitats & Heritage  and come and have your say at an  open forum event at Orleans House gallery.

With stalls from local climate groups, community groups and charities.

Children are also invited to take part in an art activity looking at climate actions.

Event details:

Sunday 7 November 

Thames Foreshore Litter Pick

Every year, the Port of London Authority opens the weirs at Richmond, so that they can carry out essential maintenance work to the Grade II* Listed, late-Victorian Richmond Lock. You may have noticed that for the past couple of weeks, at low tide, the Thames returns to its natural levels, leaving large areas of the foreshore between Richmond and Teddington exposed.

As part of Richmond Climate Week join Habitats & Heritage to help clear up the river Thames foreshore during the annual Draw Off litter pick. The Draw Off litter pick is a clean up of the river Thames foreshore when the water is at its lowest level.

We recommend wellington boots and clothes that are okay to get muddy. Bring your own gloves if you can but we will have some available to borrow if needed.

Event details:

Net Zero Panel Event

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and Habitats & Heritage are 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.

With an open Q and A with the audience.

Event details:

  • Led by: Habitats & Heritage and London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
  • Time: 3 to 5pm  
  • Location: The Exchange, 75 London Road, Twickenham TW1 1BE
  • Sign Up: Register for Net Zero Panel Event on Eventbrite
  • Who should attend? Residents interested in the impact of climate change

Discover the wonder of Ham Lands

Join Friends of Ham Lands and Habitats and Heritage for a walk around the local nature reserve, or lend a hand with practical volunteering! This local nature reserve is unique for its variety of habitats and rich biodiversity it is also a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC).

Make sure you wear strong and waterproof footwear and if you want to lend a hand please wear clothes you don’t mind getting muddy!

  • Led by: Habitats and Heritage and Friends of Ham Lands
  • Time: 10.30am to 12pm
  • Location: Junction of Croft way and Riverside Drive TW10 7NB
  • Sign up: Register in advance to let us know you’re coming or turn up on the day!
  • Who should attend? Residents interested in learning more about our local environment or getting practically involved in conservation

Richmond Literature Festival

Human behaviour is destroying the planet but the future isn't yet beyond repair. Expert climate campaigners Jonathon Porritt and Dr Alice Bell discuss with Guppi Bola what we can do, even now, to confront the climate crisis.

  • Led by: Richmond Literature Festival
  • Time: 10.30 to 11.45am
  • Location: Landmark Arts Centre, Ferry Road, TW11 9ND
  • Who should attend? Residents interested in exploring how we can tackle the climate crisis

Updated: 08 December 2021

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