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The Great Big Green Week is the UK's biggest ever celebration of Community Action to tackle Climate Change and protect nature.
You can find out more information, including how to organise your own event on the Big Green Week Website here
Net zero is the world’s answer to stopping climate change. On the 27th June 2019, the UK became the first major economy in the world to pass laws to end our contribution to climate change. The legislation committed the nations of the UK to reduce all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. Net zero means any remaining emissions would be offset by schemes to remove an equivalent amount of greenhouse gases. The EU and many other nations have now agreed to do the same, meaning net zero has been adopted as the best strategy to protect us and the natural world from rising global temperatures.
Find out about Net Zero here
Every year, air pollution causes up to 36,000 deaths in the UK. The World Health Organisation and the UK Government recognise that air pollution is the largest environmental health risk we face today. Poor air quality causes heart and lung diseases, is linked to low birth weight and children’s lung development and may even contribute to mental health issues.
Clean Air Day is the UK's largest air pollution campaign, engaging thousands of people at hundreds of events, and reaching millions more through the media.
Visit the Clean Air Campaign here
World Environment Day urges all of us to protect our natural surroundings. The stunning facts? An estimated 7 million people die each year from causes related to air pollution, with a majority occurring in the Asia-Pacific region. This day, which falls on June 5, encourages worldwide activism. That means everything from littering to climate change. World Environment Day is both a global celebration and a platform for public outreach.
China, which now owns half the world’s electric vehicles and 99 percent of the world’s electric buses, hosted the 2019 event. “The country has demonstrated tremendous leadership in tackling air pollution domestically,” said Acting Head of UN Environment Joyce Msuya. “It can now help spur the world to greater action.” The UN first established World Environment Day in 1972.
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Walk to School Week, marked on May 20 to 25, is a holiday celebrated every year in the U.K. It is an annual walking challenge that aims to encourage more children to walk as a form of exercise. Walking to school allows more children to reach their recommended 60 minutes minimum of physical activity per day — this is even before the day is started! It educates people about the importance of regular exercise, and they get a better understanding of the numerous health benefits of exercise. Walk to School Week has been adopted by thousands of students in the U.K.
WALK TO SCHOOL WEEK UK - May 20-25, 2023 - National Today
Started by WWF and partners as a symbolic lights-out event in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour is now one of the world's largest grassroots movements for the environment. Held every year on the last Saturday of March, Earth Hour engages millions of people in more than 190 countries and territories, switching off their lights to show support for our planet.
But Earth Hour goes far beyond the symbolic action of switching off - it has become a catalyst for positive environmental impact, driving major legislative changes by harnessing the power of the people and collective action.
Earth Hour is open-source and we welcome everyone, anyone, to take part and help amplify our mission to unite people to protect our planet.
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The Great British Spring Clean returns from 17 March - 2 April 2023. Last year, nearly half a million bags - 449,406 to be precise - were pledged.
Thank you to every single one of our #LitterHeroes for taking care of the environment on our doorstep!
Visit the Keep Britain Tidy website here