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Climate Week (21-27 March) is a new national occasion aimed at showcasing positive steps being taken to combat climate change – begins today. Businesses, charities, schools, councils and others will run events during the week to show what can be achieved, share ideas, and encourage thousands more to act during the rest of the year.
According to Climate Week organisers, led by social campaigner, Kevin Steele:
“Climate Week aims to help catalyse a real, long-term shift in the way society approaches climate change. It offers an annual opportunity to focus attention on the challenges and share ideas on how we can overcome them. This will result in many more people and organisations adopting the huge number of changes that can be made, in virtually every area of human activity, to move towards a low-carbon society.
“In other words, the focus of Climate Week is on how we can combat climate change. It is a campaign to offer powerful opportunities for change to the many people who want to do their bit.”
Climate Week’s lead partners include:
• Tesco, which aims to become a zero-carbon business by 2050 – without purchasing offsets;
• Aviva, which was the first insurer to go carbon-neutral worldwide;
• EDF Energy, Britain’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity;
• Kellogg’s, which is reducing greenhouse emissions by 15-20% per tonne of food; and
• RBS, which is providing financial services for Britain’s low-carbon transition.
The main focus of the week is on individuals bringing about change through the organisations and networks that they are involved with – such as their workplaces, schools and community groups. It is believed that in this way they can have a much greater impact than would be possible solely through changes to their own personal lifestyles.