Climate Change Events

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From 31 October to 12 November 2021, Glasgow will host the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26).

What is COP26?
From 31 October to 12 November 2021, Glasgow will host the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26). Countries attending have been called upon to update their emission reduction targets in line with projections to hold temperature rise to 1.5C.

As stated by the COP26 president, Alok Sharma: “to keep 1.5 degrees within reach, to keep 1.5 alive, we must halve global emissions by 2030. So, this is the decisive decade. And we must act now, to launch a consistent and concerted effort to reduce emissions throughout the next ten years.”

As a county, Northumberland has a role to play in this. We have pledged to reduce Northumberland County Council carbon emissions by 50% by 2025 and to help bring the entire county’s carbon emissions to net-zero by 2030. Groups and communities across Northumberland have been stepping up to combat climate change. In the run up to and over the course of COP26 there are numerous activities going on around Northumberland aimed at raising awareness around the issues of climate change.

COP26: What’s going on the Northumberland?

Tuesday 12 to Tuesday 19 October: European Ecumenical Pilgrimage: Northumberland Section
This group of walkers from churches across Europe will be walking through Northumberland after setting out from the Netherlands. They will be setting out from Blyth towards the Scottish Borders from the 13th October, their route as follows:
13 October: Blyth to Cresswell
14 October: Cresswell to Alnmouth
15 October: Alnmouth to Seahouses
16 October: Seahouse to Holy Island
18 October: Holy Island to Berwick
19 October: Berwick to the Scottish Border and beyond…

They welcome people of any age and all faiths or none to join them for a walk and discussion about climate justice along the way. More information about the routes and meeting points along the journey can be found here.

Friday 22 October: PlanetMark Carbon Battle Bus tour 
Join the Zero Carbon Tour as the carbon battle bus makes it way up to Glasgow for COP26. The fully electric bus is taking its tour around the UK to spread its message and explaining what zero carbon means. It is also illustrating and gathering ‘carbon stories’ of actions and initiatives from both business, community and local services to celebrate and promote what can be done towards the goal of zero carbon. 

On the 22nd October the Zero Carbon Tour arrives in Newcastle at The Core to discuss the concept of net zero carbon with its host North east Local Enterprise Partnership. More information about this online event and the Battle bus and Zero Carbon tour can be found here.

The Battle Bus will even be stopping off in Northumberland’s Ingram Valley on it’s way to Glasgow for COP26. Keep an eye out for it on the roads near you!

Saturday 23 October: Alnwick Climate Action Day
On Saturday 23rd October What a Wonderful World (an Alnwick based not-for-profit group) are welcoming people to a free Climate Action Day at Northumberland Hall in Alnwick from 10.30am to 5pm.

With music from local student groups, short talks on local transport, forestry, green jobs and energy in your home by local experts, a ‘trash fashion’ showcase, as well as lots of ideas and information about how you too can help towards net zero and a more just sustainable future, this is sure to be an informative and celebratory event. Click here for the full programme of events.

Saturday 6 November: CANN stall at Morpeth Farmers’ Market 
Climate Action Network Northumberland (CANN) will be running at stall at Morpeth’s farmers market on Saturday 6 November to provide information about COP26 and highlight some of the positive work that has been going on in Northumberland in tackling climate change. Go along and hear about some of the project and schemes that you might be able to get involved with!

Women’s Workshop: Stitches for Survival
Teaming up with a group of knitters, crocheters and stitchers from across the UK, the Women’s Workshop Northumberland as participating in ‘Stitches for Survival’ to craft 1.5 miles of climate messages for the COP26 negotiators to urge them to make binding and bold action for climate change. 

The length of scarf is to represent the 1.5C warming target made by the Paris Agreement. It will be displayed at Glasgow Green, Drying Green on the 6 November.

After the event, the scarf will be repurposed into blankets for refugee communities. Click here formore information.

Please get in contact with us to share any COP26 events happening in your communities at climate@northumberland.gov.uk

Watch past events here.

As part of our Climate Change Q&A webinar series, we have already covered our Climate Change Action Plan and Renewable Energy and Heating. Watch our webinars below and email us if you have any questions of your own.

27 January 2021
Climate Change Action Plan 2021-23 Q&A webinar with guest speakers from local community groups

 

17 March 2021
Renewable Energy and Heating Q&A webinar with guest speakers from E.ON



29 September 2021
Community Climate Champions programme launch and Q&A with guest speakers from the pilot scheme.