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First Ever UK Climate Week is a Huge Success with Schools & Teachers

Thursday 9th June 2011

The UK’s first Climate Week has been a fantastic success. This year, thanks to huge support, Climate Week saw nearly half a million people attending over 3,000 events, making this the UK’s biggest ever environmental occasion.

Everyone from the Met Office to Manchester City FC, the NHS to the Stock Exchange and government departments to grassroots community groups got involved to show how we can all help to combat climate change. The same message was amplified across the media, with over 1,000 pieces of high profile coverage in the national and regional press. Climate Week showed that across society, Britain is bristling with bright ideas and real actions to combat climate change. Climate Week 2012 will take place between 12 – 18th March 2012.

Some of the highlights of Climate Week 2011 included:

Sunderland’s New Engineering Foundation ran an Electric Vehicles Masterclass for engineers, covering fuel cells, electric systems and infrastructure issues; Lambeth Palace hosted an interfaith summit that saw representatives from all the major faiths, including the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Chief Rabbi, discuss the role of faith communities in tackling climate change; Mayor Boris Johnson launched  a multi million pound fund for London’s low-carbon economy; and to show that low-carbon really is cool, we  teamed up with actress Gemma Arterton, model Lily Cole, designer Eley Kishimoto, and Tesco to create the ultra green Climate Week t-shirt in aid of the Environmental Justice Foundation.

Climate Week Challenge - Winners Announced

This year’s Climate Week Challenge was to "Save the Planet, Save the Pounds".
Over 140,000 people took part in Britain’s biggest environmental competition, which challenged teams to dream up a new green idea that can help save money or make money. Some of the most creative ideas came from school children.

The photo pictured here is the team from Pool Business and Enterprise College who won the 11-14 age category with their entry, "The Fidget".  The Fidget is a new gadget that converts kinetic energy generated by kids’ irresistible urge to fidget into electricity to recharge mobile phones and other gizmos.

About the Climate Week Awards

With a judging panel that included one of the world’s leading authorities on climate change, Lord Stern, the awards showcased exemplary responses to climate change in 14 categories representing every sector of society.

Winners included a virtually waterless washing machine (Best Technological Breakthrough), food packaging that composts to biofuel (Best Product), a company cutting the carbon footprint of clothes by 90% (Best Small Business), a locally owned hydroelectric turbine selling power to the grid (Best Community Initiative) and the founder of a project creating a carbon-neutral village (Most Inspirational Leader).
For more information on how to get involved with Climate Week for next year and ideas on how to improve it for 2012 please email or call  Climate Week on 020 3397 2601.


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