Article submission by Lisa Johnson
Groups across Wilmslow are planning a Festival of Nature this autumn to celebrate the beautiful natural world we have on our doorstep, and to encourage us all to take better care of it so we can leave a greener, cleaner planet for future generations.
The festival also coincides with the start of this year’s COP-26 meeting hosted by the UK Government in Glasgow and gives us all the opportunity to learn what we ourselves can do to combat and mitigate climate change.
School and other children’s groups were invited to submit entries for a festival logo to use on the website and publicity material. The winning entry (voted on from a shortlist on facebook) was drawn by Will, from Lacey Green School.
Lisa Johnson, from Climate Conscious Wilmslow said: “We had so many wonderful entries showing how much nature and the environment matter to children.
“It was very hard to choose the shortlist of entries for voting, but we are delighted that Will’s entry won so overwhelmingly. We will be making Will’s logo the centrepiece of our website and use it for all our publicity.”
What is COP26?
The UK is hosting the UN climate change summit in October this year, in Glasgow, known as COP26, and is widely believed to be the world’s last best chance to stop runaway climate change.
In Paris, in 2015, the world’s governments agreed to work together to limit global heating certainly by 2 degrees, and ideally by 1.5. The commitment to aim for 1.5 degrees is vital; even fractions of a degree mean more lives and livelihoods lost because of global heating.
This year’s summit, postponed from last year, is a vital opportunity to check that governments are doing what they committed to in Paris; not only to reduce carbon emissions but to produce less carbon than we absorb; this is what “net zero” means.
We all have our part to play, by demonstrating to our political leaders that we do want them to be bold in combatting climate change, and that we can make our own contribution so that future generations, looking back, will thank us.
More information at ukcop26.org
What can we do about climate change at home, at work or at school?
- Use the car less: get on your bike or walk and encourage your family to do the same.
- Think about an e-bike in place of using the car if you need to travel further than you can cycle, or use public transport.
- Buy less. Save money by making your own, reusing, fixing things, borrowing or hiring.
- Eat for the planet. Reduce your meat and dairy intake and eat more plants! Try “meat free Monday” for a start.
- Get growing: support biodiversity and get mentally and physically fit by growing plants, fruit and veg; if you don’t have a garden consider volunteering at a Community Garden.
- Don’t fly!
- Think about the impact of the way you live your life on future generations.