Chesham residents are taking part in a nationwide campaign this September to highlight the need for urgent action on climate and nature ahead of COP26, the United Nations Climate talks, later this year in Glasgow.
Taking place between 18-26 September, the climate action campaign known as the Great Big Green Week will see thousands of people across the UK organising local festivals and events. The campaign aims to draw attention to climate change, destruction of the natural world, while also making a connection with these issues in communities like Chesham, at the same time as showcasing actions to tackle climate change.
Here are the events taking place locally in the run up to the week, and after:
12th September, 10am-1pm - Repair Cafe at the Bagnall Project
12th September, 10am-1pm - Big Biodiversity Event at Co-op Field (bring a fork, spade, pruners if you can)
13th September, 10.30am-12.30pm - Darn It! Workshop at the Bagnall Project by The Artful Menders
14th September, 1-2pm - Stitch It, Don't Ditch It, a street stitching campaign at the clocktower in Market Square by The Artful Menders
17th September, 1-2pm - Mindful Mending, at the Bagnall Project by The Artful Menders
18th September, 12-6pm - Various stalls at Peace in The Park, Lowndes Park
19th September, 10am - Litter Pick of The Backs, starting at Trinity Baptist Church by Chesham Environmental Group
25th September, 10am-2pm - Help Build a Bug Hotel at the Local Produce Market
25th September, 6-8pm - Swish! Clothes Swapping Event at Where Inspiration Blooms, Chartridge Lane
25th September, all day - Plant Swap event near the War Memorial by XR Chesham
All September - Community Energy Switch by Sustainable Chesham
12th October, 8pm - Thank You For the Rain - free film screening at The Elgiva by Fairtrade Chesham
24th October, 11am - Climate Sunday at Chesham Methodist Church
The Great Big Green Week is being organised by The Climate Coalition, the UK’s largest group of people dedicated to action against climate change, whose members include the National Trust, WWF, Women's Institute, Oxfam, and RSPB. Other organisations supporting the campaign included BT, British Mountaineering Council, and the Manchester United Foundation.