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Environment-related events coming up …

DWT NEWS:

The Pump House Environment Centre cafe and eco shop is OPEN 10am to 4pm every day.
When open and to keep us all safe may we ask that you to continue wearing a mask when moving around the building.
Daily specials are listed on the menu blackboards.
Please order at the counter.
Indoor seating is available.
Both front and back gardens are open for seating.
Please check out the facebook page for more information.

 

 

WRE is CLOSED to the public during building maintenance to the mezzanine floor but are still trading on the online store. WRE’s You Tube channel is full of creative reuse ideas. Subscribe and be the first in the know about up and coming online creative workshops using the amazing resources that WRE rescues from landfill.


The past 18 months have shown us how important our local environment is. Whether it’s our window boxes and front gardens or streets and local parks, we have all relied on our green spaces to give us space and a breath of fresh air. In the past we might have taken our green spaces for granted, but inspired by how much we relied on them during lockdown communities across the country are coming together to make their local communities that bit better.
That’s where the idea for the #BillionSeedChallenge came from; local communities wanting to improve their area together. So this October, when all eyes will be on the international climate conference in Glasgow together.org.uk are asking everyone to join in to plant a billion seeds across the UK. It’s a great way of keeping our community spirit alive and of showing we can all do our bit for the environment. But they are also a symbol of our hope that this meeting can make a difference.
https://together.org.uk/2021/09/13/billionseedchallenge/

October is International Walk to School Month and the UN’s Urban October

Monday 4th  to 31st October
CFW’s UK Wool Week
The Campaign for Wool celebrates it’s annual Wool Week and despite it’s title is a month long celebration with a programme of interactive consumer moments and initiatives designed to educate, inspire and promote the benefits of wool. At the end of its useful life, wool can be returned to the soil, or the marine environment where it decomposes, releasing valuable nitrogen-based nutrients into the ground/ocean.
#natural #renewable #biodegradable #choosewool
www.campaignforwool.org

Saturday 16th October
Ethical Consumer Week starts

Ethical Consumer Week until 22nd October
We’re not on track to meet global carbon emission reductions goals. Ethical Consumer Week 2021 will ask, what will it take to bridge the gap? How can businesses, governments and consumers work together to make the change required? And what might a fairer, more equitable world look like on the other side. Ethical Consumer Week (ECW)  will consider our roles as consumers, citizens, workers, producers and more – asking what steps we can take towards supporting local, national and global behaviour change. ECW will be holding a wide variety of online sessions focused on Closing the Climate Gap. One session each day will be hosted by Ethical Consumer, with many more sessions being hosted by like-minded organisations and individuals. Click here to view the full programme and sign up to individual sessions.
https://www.ethicalconsumerweek.com/

Tuesday 19th to Thursday 21st October
Worcester Light Night
Four high profile artists have been commissioned by the Arches Festivals to create brand-new large-scale projection-based artwork for Light Night Worcester 2021.   
The International and award-winning artists and organisations will transform city centre buildings with their light projections created specifically for Light Night Worcester.
www.thearchesworcesterfestivals.co.uk

Thursday 21st October
Apple Day
Apple Day was launched in 1990 by Common Ground, a UK charity that links communities to nature through art and culture. Apple Day was intended to be both a celebration and a demonstration of the varieties we were in danger of losing, not simply in apples, but in the richness and diversity of landscape, ecology and culture too. It has also played a part in raising awareness in the provenance and traceability of food.
https://www.commonground.org.uk/apple-day/

To 23rd October
Seed Gathering Season
As autumn starts, The Tree Council aims to inspire everyone, particularly school children and families, to gather seeds, fruits and nuts and grow the trees of the future. The festival starts on the 23rd September, the autumn equinox, considered to be the first day of autumn and continues until the 23rd October, giving everyone plenty of days on which to hold and attend events. For inspiration and hedgerow recipes see;
If you are planning to collect fruit and seeds to eat, here are some tips:
Fruit is the property of the landowner.
Don’t collect anything from trees beside busy roads or on old industrial sites.
Don’t allow unsupervised children to pick – or eat – from trees and make sure
you know exactly what you are picking: some of the most attractive berries are poisonous and easily mistaken for edible ones.
Wherever you gather your wild food, wash it well.
Don’t pick more than you need and do not damage the trees.
https://treecouncil.org.uk/take-action/seasonal-campaigns/seed-gathering-season/

Monday 25th – Sunday 31st October
Mammal Week
A national campaign by the Mammal Society and a chance to raise awareness of Britain’s mammals and the conservation issues they face. One in four of our native mammals is threatened with extinction, and many others are in decline. With Britain now recognised as one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world, urgent action is needed. Webinars, research and mapping help citizen scientists support the work of the Mammal Society.
#mammalmapper
www.mammal.org.uk

Sunday 31st October
World Cities Day
Until 2009, more people lived in rural than in urban areas. Today, around 55 per cent of the world’s population lives in towns and cities, with the level of urbanisation projected to reach almost 70 per cent by 2050. World Cities Day will represent the culmination of the month-long celebration of Urban October, which this year promotes ambitious climate action in cities.
https://www.un.org/en/observances/cities-day

November is World Vegan Month

Monday 1st November
World Vegan Day
World Vegan Day is an annual event celebrated by vegans around the world. Think differently about what you eat. In 2021, it felt more appropriate to bring to light the challenges that some of us are facing during these difficult times and to use World Vegan Day as an opportunity to bring together the vegan community in supporting one another. As affordability remains a focus for many, The Vegan Society will be launching further resources as part of their Live Vegan for Less campaign to show cost-effective ways of vegan living, including recipe videos with tips on using vegan staples in a number of ways, and some insight on how you might be able to help vegans in crisis.
#plateupfortheplanet
www.vegansociety.com

Sunday 7th to 10th  November
Peoples Summit for Climate Justice
150 sessions bringing together movements from across the world for system change.
Online and in person in Glasgow.
www.cop26coalition.org/ps

Saturday 13th November
Repair Cafe Worcester
A community project, volunteer led, to inspire repair and re-use. No repair too small. Visit for repair advice and support for small electrical and household appliances, bikes, toys, furniture, clothes and ceramics.
Have we mentioned the awesome cakes in the cafe? If you know…you know.
Worth a trip even if you are just going for a recce to support your local repair community and be part of the international repair movement.
11am to 2pm. Unity House, Stanley Road, Worcester WR5 1BE
www.facebook.com/repaircafeworcester

Friday 19th November
World Toilet Day
Who cares about toilets?…3.6 billion people do. Because they don’t have one.
We should all care more about toilets. If you have one, thank it. Life without a toilet is dirty, dangerous and undignified. Public health depends on toilets. Toilets also drive improvements in gender equality, education, economics and the environment.
There will be no sustainable future without toilets. Governments must work four times faster and ensure toilets for all by 2030.
#leavingnoonebehind
http://www.worldtoiletday.info/

Saturday 20th November
Social sew in
The social sew in provides free access to equipment such as over-lockers, heavy duty sewing machines and a wealth of knowledge from our social sew in volunteers. If you have a sewing project, join us for the support you need to enable you to finish it. Want to try an over locker before you buy? The social sew in is for you. Got behavioral issues with your own sewing machine? Bring it in with you and our expert volunteers will help. Found a great piece of clothing in a charity shop or at our clothes swap but it needs altering to fit? Let us help you to fit into it.
Disabled access and lift available
10am to 1pm
Pump House Environment Centre meeting room
www.facebook.com/socialsewin/

Friday 26th November
Buy Nothing Day
Buy Nothing Day is where you challenge yourself, your family and friends to switch off from shopping and tune into life. The rules are simple, for 24 hours you will detox from buying stuff – anyone can take part provided they spend a day without spending! Instead of shopping, people around the world will take part in a 24 hour moratorium on consuming, either as a personal experiment or public statement.
#shoplesslivemore
www.buynothingday.co.uk

Green Friday
Go green for Black Friday instead.

Saturday 27th November to 5th December
National Tree Week
A great chance for communities to do something positive for their local treescape. Each year the Tree Council’s member organisations such as voluntary bodies and local authorities, up to 200 schools and community groups, 8,000 Tree Wardens and many others, support the initiative by setting up fun, worthwhile and accessible events, inspiring upward of a quarter of a million people to get their hands dirty and together plant around a million trees.
https://treecouncil.org.uk/take-action/seasonal-campaigns/national-tree-week/

2021 is the United Nations International Year of Fruit and Vegetables
Raising awareness of the nutritional and health benefits of fruit and vegetable consumption. Advocating  healthy diets through increased consumption of fruits and vegetables; promoting sustainable food systems that foster diversified, balanced and healthy diets; recognising the value of indigenous crops to food security, nutrition, livelihoods and incomes of family farmers, especially small-scale family farmers.

International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development
A year for sustainable innovation and recognising the need to promote sustained and inclusive economic growth, foster innovation and provide opportunities, benefits and empowerment for all and respect for all human rights.