Residents and visitors are invited to join in 9 things we can all do about climate change at Audlem’s Climate and Nature Event on Saturday, 18th September 2021 at the Buttermarket, The Square, Audlem, CW3 0AQ, between 10 am and 4 pm. It is one of many events around the country kicking off the Great Big Green Week, a nationwide campaign highlighting the need for urgent action on climate and nature ahead of COP26, the United Nations Climate talks, later this year in Glasgow.
The event is organised by the Audlem Carbon Emissions Reduction project, ACER, an initiative of 1st Audlem Guides, Audlem WI, Audlem Wildlife and Ecology Group, ADAPT sustainability group and Audlem Parish Council. Audlem Methodist Church will also be welcoming visitors to see how renovations are dramatically reducing their environmental footprint. They aim to have the greenest church in Cheshire, if not the North West!
Chris Thornton from ACER says, “Climate scientists warn that the COP26 climate summit is the last chance for governments to agree the actions needed to prevent runaway climate change. That’s scary, but we can all do something. Pop by the Buttermarket on the 18th to see what can be done, write what you will do on the WI’s pledge wall, talk with local politicians about protecting the environment, and have your say about climate actions the Parish Council should prioritise. And by the way, the Guides will be giving out free chocolate!”
“With extreme floods and wildfires in the news, the climate and nature emergency can feel overwhelming,” adds Thornton. “But scientists say we still have time to stop it getting worse. “Some things are obvious, like flying less. But people might be surprised that what you do with your money can help even more! Come along and learn more about it from green finance advocate John Curran.”
There will also be free samples of plastic-free products, a Countdown to Net Zero chart to fill in, tips on making our food, homes, gardens and travel more climate and nature friendly, a petition to sign calling on leaders at COP26 to commit to urgent action now, and a climate action questionnaire to fill in. Thornton says, “To reduce waste there will only be a few leaflets to take away, so please bring your phone to take photos of the information on display.”
Expected at the event during the morning are the following guests: Councillor Quentin Abel, Cheshire East’s Climate Champion; Councillor Suzie Akers-Smith, Cheshire East’s Cycling and Walking Champion; Councillor Rachel Bailey, representing Audlem Ward on Cheshire East Council; Councillor Dez Winskill, Vice-Chair of Audlem Parish Council; Dr Sharon George, Lecturer and Researcher in Environmental Sustainability and Green Technologies, Keele University; and Keele Masters student Matthew Woodward who has carried out a climate action survey among Audlem residents.