There are lots of climate related events and activities going on for the Reading Climate Festival this June, here are some of them which may be of interest to you and your school community.
10 June 2023 – 18 June 2023
Luke Jerram’s Gaia
Gaia, world famous Earth artwork created from NASA imagery, comes to Reading Town Hall.
See artist Luke Jerram’s famous installation Gaia as part of Reading Climate Festival 2023. With surround sound composition by BAFTA award-winning composer, Dan Jones.
Measuring seven metres in diameter and suspended inside Reading’s historic Concert Hall, Gaia features high-resolution NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface.
More details and booking: https://whatsonreading.com/gaia
Tues 13 June 19.00-20.30
Everyday Ways to Save Our Planet – In Conversation with Laura Tobin
Climate Ambassador, Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society, University of Reading Alumna and broadcast meteorologist Laura Tobin has been campaigning to raise awareness of climate-change for the past 10 years. Knowing how devastating its effects can be – and how overwhelmed people can feel as they wonder how to help – Laura has been on an evocative journey to find the best ways to live more sustainably and reduce her family’s impact on the environment.
Join us with a backdrop of the awe-inspiring Gaia installation to hear more about Laura’s experience and her practical advice on ways a busy household can make the small changes that add up to a big difference for the planet.
Free, booking essential:
Everyday Ways to Save Our Planet | What’s On Reading (whatsonreading.com)
Weds 14 June 13.30 -17.00
Institute of Education Climate and Sustainability Education Showcase
Join us for our in-person showcase where we will be celebrating and reflecting on the climate education work we have embedded across our programmes this year, as part of our Climate Education pilot in support of the National Action Plan for Climate Education.
There will be presentations and exhibits across London Road Campus displaying the different types of climate work we have completed. It will be of interest to those embarking on their own journey to embed sustainable thinking into their organisation and teaching curriculum. This event forms as part of the wider University of Reading Climate Festival. Read our event flyer to find out more.
Free, booking essential: Book your place now
Thurs 15 June 20.00-21.30
Panel Debate: Empowering young people to tackle the greatest challenge of their generation
Introduced by The Rt Hon Sir Alok Sharma, MP for Reading West and President of COP26, our event will discuss the latest progress in embedding climate understanding across the education system, in supporting those anxious about the future, and ensuring future generations have the skills and knowledge to thrive in a green economy.
We will welcome a panel of leading representatives from the education sector, NGOs and youth activists for what will be a positive and inspiring debate.
Free, Booking essential: https://whatsonreading.com/paneldebate
Weds 21 June 08.30-12.00
Let’s Go Zero National Schools Action Day
We’re excited to let you know that Let’s Go Zero and all coalition members are partnering with Running Out of Time, Earth Cubs and #ShowYourStripes to build the momentum in a National Schools Action Day on Wednesday 21st June 2023, when hundreds of schools will join together in a national celebration of the incredible work that is taking place to combat climate change and biodiversity loss.
Aligning physical movement with climate action and education, this is a great opportunity to get students moving, thinking and starting the conversation about what climate action means to them.
The National Schools Action Day is a chance for schools across the UK to unite, share and celebrate what they are doing and raise awareness for what can be done to combat the climate crisis. There are three easy steps to get involved:
- Take part in one of our activities in the build-up to the day.
- Share what you are doing in your school with your wider community, on social media or even press!
- #ShowYourStripes and unite on Wednesday 21 June 2023
To find out more and get involved: https://bit.ly/3pOLp08
Reading Climate Festival 2023
For those in the Reading area, please also see Reading Climate Festival 2023 – Reading Climate Action Network (RCAN) (readingcan.org.uk) for more information on all the exciting events and activities taking place.