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All about Climate Week

17 March 2011

One week to highlight how everyone can combat climate change – 21 to 27 March 2011

Next week is the UK’s first Climate Week and the Big Lottery Fund is fully behind it.

SpawningThousands of events and activities, highlighting the positive steps being taken to help combat climate change, are being planned by organisations from every sector.

Climate Week is backed by every part of society – from the Prime Minister to Paul McCartney, the NHS to the National Trust, Girlguiding UK to the CBI, the Big Lottery Fund to the National Association of Head Teachers.

A whole range of evens will be taking place as well the winners of the Climate Week Awards being announced.  Check out more on the website and find out what is going on at activities near you.

The Big Lottery Fund has funded a variety of environmental projects that are helping to tackle climate change and encourage more sustainable communities.  Two multi-million pound awards were made as part of the Changing Spaces programmes that do just that.

Building Research Establishment (BRE) was awarded over £11million as a Changing Spaces award partner to run a grants scheme, enabling community groups to apply for funding to install small-scale sustainable energy technologies such as solar panels, wind turbines and heat pumps. The programme aims to cut carbon emissions, reduce energy bills and educate the public about climate change. Organisations could also secure grants to research what technologies would be most appropriate for their buildings.

The Open Air Laboratories Network (OPAL) was awarded over £13 million to encourage people to study the natural environment. It is creating a hub for information and dialogue between academics and members of the public about key issues including climate change, traffic pollution, air and water quality, and provide people of all ages with the training, practical experience, tools and support needed to record plants, animals and fungi. It has just launched a national Climate Survey which you can find out more about at www.opalexplorenature.org

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