Environment-related events coming up …
2020 is the:
United Nations International Year of Plant Health
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to raise global awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment, and boost economic development.
International Year of Sound
The International Year of Sound is a global initiative to highlight the importance of sound in all aspects of life on earth and will lead towards an understanding of sound-related issues at the national and international level.
IYS2020 will aim to stimulate the understanding, throughout the world, of the important role that sound plays in all aspects of our society. Also encouraging an understanding of the need for the control of noise in nature, in the built environment, and in the workplace.
January is Veganuary
Veganuary is a charity inspiring people to try vegan for January and throughout the rest of the year.
VEGAN [vee-gan] n person who eats no meat, fish, eggs or dairy products
Going vegan is the easiest and most effective way to help our planet and makes a more positive impact than giving up your car, halving your greenhouse gas emissions.
The Pump House Eco Cafe will observe Veganuary with a month of vegan specials, see in house for details and be inspired by alternative options.
Pump House Eco cafe open for 2020
10am to 4pm.
EVERY Monday will be #MeatFreeMonday serving only veggie and vegan food to inspire change because one day a week can make a world of difference.
EVERY Wednesday the Pump House will open half an hour later at 10.30am to allow for staff training.
This will not affect any meeting room bookings.
Now until Friday 21st February
Big Schools Birdwatch
Registration now open.
Big Schools’ Birdwatch is an educational activity that gets school classes closer to nature.
The birdwatch takes just an hour and works for all ages and abilities.
All survey results are to be submitted by 21st February.
Thursday 16th January
Light Night Worcester
Light Night will be a free to access night where, using light, the city will be animated via installations and live performances. Part of The Arches Festivals
Free. 5.30 – 10pm. Worcester city center
Saturday 18th January
Social Sew In
The social sew in provides free access to heavy duty sewing machines, over locker, domestic sewing machines, iron and ironing board plus a wealth of knowledge and support to enable you to finish or even start a sewing project. So if you are having trouble with your feed dogs, French seams, invisible zips or bobbins then join us. All welcome.
10am to 1pm. Upstairs in the Pump House Environment Centre meeting room.
Disabled access and facilities. Tel: 01905 734934
Thursday 23rd January
Winter Clothes Swap
Choose #secondhandfirst and swap don’t shop.
Join our FOC sociable clothes swap in the spacious Pump House eco cafe. Grab a local fresh Method Coffee Roasters coffee while you wait and reduce your carbon emissions by simply doubling the life of a piece of clothing.
Extending the life of a piece of clothing from 1 to 2 years reduces its emissions by 24%!
Please only bring CLEAN, WEARABLE and UNWANTED clothes that you would like to find yourself in the swap.
NO bobbly jumpers, out of shape T’shirts , shoes, boots, bags, broken hearts or last seasons lipsticks please.
Adult garments only.
Limited to 6 items donation per person but unlimited swaps out- dependent on your credit.
Credit is given to use at next event should you not find anything to swap, which is highly unusual.
Saturday 25th and Monday 27th January
RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch
The Big Garden Birdwatch helps build a picture of garden wildlife across the UK.
Armed with this information, the RSPB can identify what is in danger and then how we can help.
Give nature a home in your garden or green space.
Little things you can do can give wildlife a safe place to feed, breed and thrive.
Check out the website for more details.
Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd February
Tiddesley Wood Log and Wood Chip Sales
Buy your FSC certified logs and wood chips, raising money in aid of wildlife conservation.
10am to 1pm. The Harry Green Reserve, Tiddesley Wood, Pershore.
www.tiddesley.org.uk | www.worcswildlifetrust.co.uk
Sunday 2nd February
World Wetlands Day
A chance to find out about and celebrate the wetlands of the UK and the world.
Climate change is one of the most pressing problems facing humanity and our planet. Wetlands and Biodiversity, the theme to celebrate World Wetlands Day in 2020, draws attention to the vital life that thrives in wetlands and why it matters.
Saturday 8th February
Repair Cafe Worcester
A community project to inspire repair and re-use. No repair too small. Support your local repair community and visit for repair advice and support for small electrical and household appliances, bikes, toys, furniture, clothes and ceramics. Awesome cakes too!
11am to 2pm.
Unity House, Stanley Road, Worcester WR5 1BE
Monday 10th to Friday 14th February
Go Green Week
Go Green Week is the UK’s largest week of student climate action.
What are the links between colonialism and the climate emergency? How do universities play a role in continued colonisation of indigenous communities across the world? During this year’s Go Green Week, students across the UK and Ireland will explore how the climate crisis is a result of centuries of colonialism, and will hold their institutions to account to start acting to end climate co2onialism on their campus.
Friday 14th to Friday 21st February
National Nest Box Week
NNBW aims to encourage everyone to put up nest boxes in their local area in order to promote and enhance biodiversity and the conservation of our breeding birds and wildlife.
Friday 14th to Sunday 23rd February
Festival of Worcester heritage sites.
Love History. Love Architecture. Love Culture. #LoveWorcester
Saturday 15th February
Love The Arbo
One night only. Not to be missed.
Ordinary people doing something extraordinary by creating an outdoor light gallery in the Arboretum, Worcester.
All are welcome to explore this free enchanted trail of light made by the residents.
2019 saw the first event, and the Arboretum Residents Association were overwhelmed by the response.
Monday 24th February to Sunday 8th March
Fairtrade Fortnight is when campaigners, businesses, schools and places of worship show their support for the farmers and workers who grow our food in developing countries. Find out why #shedeservesFairTrade
Saturday 29th February
World Leap Day litter pick
A national litter pick day. As 2020 is a leap year let’s use the extra day to give back to our communities and the planet. Join us in using Saturday 29 February 2020 to inspire your local community to get out and do a litter pick, beach clean or river clean. Borrow equipment for free from the Duckworth Worcestershire Trust. Adult and kids sized litter pickers and gloves available. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a loan form and lets get picking!
Looking forward to what 2020 brings:
Liberia will become the first nation of the world to completely stop cutting down its trees in return for development aid – Norway will have paid the impoverished country $150 million to stop deforestation by 2020
According to UN Climate Chief Christiana Figueres, 2020 is a critical year to limit climate change and avoid irreversible effects.
According to an Indian government report, 21 cities will run out of groundwater by 2020