The first 'Save our planet' day, event, is scheduled to be on at the same time as the 'Live Earth' concerts on Saturday 7th July, and is designed to let people come locally to find out what a carbon footprint is and how they can reduce theirs. The intention is for this event to be a model for others to follow.
The 'Save our planet' days are meant to work like a franchise, but more like a department store where there are lots of different organisations working together under one roof.
It is set up so that it can occur locally, frequently and is easily repeatable and easy to organise. The idea of these days is that it provides people with the opportunity to get informed and inspired without too much effort, so that hopefully we include more of the public than ever before.
- The event takes place at St. Andrew's Church Centre, Station Rd., Churchdown, Glos.
- It runs from 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. on Sat. 7th July, 2007.
- The Centre will be open to set up from 7.30 a.m.
- There will be 19+ stalls in the centre including Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, Vision 21, South West Energy Advisory Agency, Wildlife Trust, Fair Trade, etc.
- There are 4 speakers giving talks that day.
- At 10 a.m. Molly Scott Cato will be speaking on supporting the local economy and how it reduces carbon footprints and help in our action against climate change.
- At 12 noon Meyrick Brentnall, who is the Environmental Planning Officer in charge of the Climate Change Strategy for Gloucester City Council, which is currently being compiled. He will be speaking on what the Council can do to help you reduce your carbon footprint and what it can't.
- At 1 p.m. Ian Lander from Vision 21 and Biofuel watch will be speaking on the currently contentious issue of biofuels and their place in action on climate change.
- At 2 p.m. Martin Harwood, the MP for Cheltenham and Lib. Dem. Shadow spokesperson on the Environment will be talking about what a carbon footprint is and how to reduce it. He will also touch on the role of individuals and of Government in matters of tackling climate change.
Besides the talks there is also a laptop room with inter-active 'games'
related to climate change. There will also be audio-visual information playing.
There will be a screening of a recent documentary film about climate change at 3 p.m. and there will also be showings of tv documentaries on climate change and docu-dramas. Specific titles cannot be advertised because of copyright. The event is free.
There will be free entry Quizzes and activities both indoor and outdoor, weather permitting! Prizes include entry tickets to Bristol Zoo, Cotswold Wildlife park and Slimbridge Wetland and Wildfowl Trust.
There will be demontrations on composting and pond-life from the Wildlife Trust and the Cotswold Wildlife Rescuers will be in attendance to tell individuals about their work.
There will be lots going on and of interest to anyone concerned about the environment.
The key intention of the day is to inform, inspire and involve.
Any person or organisation interested in setting up a similar event to increase public awarenes in an enjoyable and practical manner should contact the event co-ordinator:
Cllr Dr. Jonathan Whittaker, BDS, at: Jonathan.Whittaker@gloucester.gov.uk
or at: TL4peace@hotmail.com
Any further information can also be gained by contacting us on our 'Contact Us' page on this site and on the site: www.trafficlights4peace.com