Green Great Britain Week is a new initiative from BEIS which looks to demonstrate what individuals, community groups, charities, businesses and local authorities have been doing over the past 10 years to combat climate change. The first Green Great Britain Week, which was announced in July, will take place 15 – 19 October 2018.
What is Green GB Week?
A week of events, announcements and media activity bringing together businesses, schools, colleges, universities, community groups, and charities to explore how clean growth will change our futures and others can contribute to action on climate change. The week of events and activities will explore "how clean growth will change our futures and others can contribute to action on climate change". It will also promote the scale of the opportunities to reduce emissions, grow the low carbon economy and create a better environment.
Why Green GB Week?
Climate change is one of the most urgent and pressing challenges we face today. Yet, as countries move to cleaner economic growth with new low carbon technologies and the more efficient use of resources, it represents one of the greatest industrial opportunities of our time.
This is why clean growth is at the heart of the Government’s modern Industrial Strategy and the Clean Growth Strategy. Shifting to a low carbon economy, driving new economic growth, creating businesses and jobs while cutting our emissions and reducing the impact on our natural environment must be a shared endeavour. We need all to act. We want you to pledge to take action to drive the UK’s future clean economy.
We feel that, in light of the numerous policy and regulation changes that may impact on the sector, it is vital for us to demonstrate what our movement is achieving and set out our case for continued support. We will, therefore, be using this opportunity as a platform for showcasing community energy and engaging with politicians across the country.
On "Climate Action in Communities" day, 19th October, we are supporting a conference, The Energy Transition: Top Down v Grassroots, with Bristol Energy Network and Bristol City Council which will explore how local authorities and communities have been tackling climate change over the past decade since the Climate Change act was first enacted. This will be followed by the Community Energy Awards, co-organised with Community Energy Wales. Tickets for both are free and it would be great to see as many members as possible there.
If you aren't able to attend, then there are other ways to take part. Claire Perry, Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth, has written to all MPs inviting them to get involved. Her letter stated: "During the week, Friday 19 October will have a focus on showcasing local and community energy schemes across the country. I encourage you to support your local community energy group to highlight the excellent work they are doing on low carbon generation or energy efficiency."
BEIS are inviting everyone to get involved in Green GB Week, and help us celebrate the progress made across the UK, and look forward to the future by:
- Organising an event or activity
- Attending an event or activity
- Spreading the message on social media
Download BEIS's Toolkit to find out more about what is going on in the week and more information about clean growth.
Check out the official Green GB Week Portal here.