THE ENVIRONMENT will be at the heart of a week of events in Evesham as the town marks the run up to the UN Climate Change conference.
As world leaders prepare to gather in Glasgow for COP26 at the end of the month, Evesham Town Council and Transition Evesham Vale have teamed up to bring the town its own version.
A series of events kick off tomorrow (Saturday) until October 30 in what is being described as ‘COP26 Evesham – a Festival for the Environment’.
Organiser Coun Julie Tucker said: “The world needs ‘urgent climate action’ to limit carbon emissions and keep the increase in temperature to below 1.5c, as agreed under the Paris Agreement.
“The COP26 event is a global United Nations summit about climate change and how countries are planning to tackle it.”
Greening Evesham co-ordinator Robin Walker said: “While there is much for governments nationally and locally to do, all of us can help to tackle climate change—as individuals the choices that we make can make a big difference.”
The week-long festival begins tomorrow (Saturday) from 10am to 2pm at Hampton Ferry with ‘What a Waste!’, including Pershore Phoenix Dragon Boat Club conducting a river litter pick on the Avon, and a variety of features on waste reduction, including Evesham Anti-litter Group and waste reduction ideas from ‘Let’s Waste Less’.
Cycle Evesham Vale will be leading six leisure rides showcasing the beautiful lanes and villages around the Vale of Evesham from October 24 to 29 from 10am each day.
Evesham Rambling Club will be leading six circular walks around the Vale of Evesham daily from 10am between October 24 and 29.
The festival will also be hosting five talks presented by local experts focusing on different aspects of the environment and what we can do to help. All talks begin at 7pm with free admission.
COP26 Evesham will culminate in a Festival Fayre from 10am to 4pm in Market Place next Saturday (October 30) to showcase the many local organisations working to reduce our impact on the planet.
Mayor of Evesham Coun Sue Amor will be on hand to officially open the event at 10.45am with activities on offer for all the family throughout the day.
Booklets are also available at the Almonry.