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Residents in the borough of Stockton-On-Tees are taking part in a nationwide campaign this month 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, 2021, 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 Stockton-On-Tees, at the same time as showcasing actions to tackle climate change.

35 local organisations (including us!) that care about these issues are celebrating community action by partnering in the Stockton-On-Tees Great Big Green Week (SOTGBGW) event, demonstrating that our love of the environment has the power to bring people together.

Come along to the Friends of Ropner Park Autumn Food Festival on Sunday 19.09.21 between 11:00am-15:00pm at TS18 4EF, to meet some key partners: Stockton Borough Fairtrade Partnership, Stockton Borough Council Community Partnerships and Bright Minds Big Futures, and also Catalyst.

For further details of the other 40 activities to be delivered by our local partners over the 9 day event visit the website and you can also follow on social media (SOTGBGW).

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, Fairtrade Foundation, WWF, Women’s Institute, Oxfam, and RSPB.
Locally we are joining with North East England Climate Coalition (NEECCo) to “Become England’s Greenest Region”. Find out more

“At Cultivate Tees Valley we know the value of working together with local organisations in order to ensure we make a greater difference to local people by sharing expertise and resources. We see Stockton-On-Tees Great Big Green Week as an opportunity to bring together similar, like-minded organisations to collectively look at what we can do to reduce the impact of Climate Change and to also look at how we can influence key decision makers both locally and nationally to make decisions that protect our planet” says Andy Robinson, Director, Cultivate Tees Valley.

“This event offers a timely chance for all to learn about and take action on climate change. Together we can make one small change to care for creation, sustain our local community and protect the wellbeing of our family” says Katharine Lam, Co-ordinator, Stockton-On-Tees Great Big Green Week (SOTGBGW).

If our government takes strong action now, it can set us on a cleaner, greener, fairer path to restore the UK’s natural environment, protect the world’s most vulnerable people and provide hundreds of thousands of new jobs across our communities. We need to tackle climate change now so ask our MPs (Alex Cunningham and Matt Vickers) to lead the way https://greatbiggreenweek.com/get-involved/write-to-mp/ and write to the Prime Minister: https://thetimeisnow.uk/