Ideas Bank

You can get involved during Climate Week in any way you want – perhaps doing something that’s relevant to you or your group or organisation, and the type of work you do. It’s a chance for you to shine in front of the people that matter to you and highlight what you or your organisation are doing to combat climate change.

Here are some simple event ideas to get you started. We’ve grouped them for simplicity, but of course, feel free to mix and match:

  • For Businesses
  • For Education
  • For Government, Regional bodies and the Public Sector
  • For the Voluntary Sector
  • For Culture and Sport
  • For Everyone
    • For Businesses:

      You can click here to see what other people are doing in your sector (for example, Random house ran a competition to find the greenest members of staff and Graham construction ran a Climate Chaos classroom for their staff with the help of the RSPB). Here is a list of some other things that you can do:

      • Launch a green champions scheme or highlight some of your existing scheme’s achievements.
      • Publicise local sourcing initiatives and hold a market to sell local produce.
      • Hold a conference themed on your sector and climate change.
      • Involve your IT department in energy budgeting.
      • Invite a speaker to give a talk, perhaps at a low carbon breakfast or lunch.
      • Hold an open day e.g. an eco-building or green project you have worked on.
      • Launch or update an online initiative e.g. best practice guide, case studies, carbon footprint tool, energy saving trips, low carbon driving.
      • Encourage cycling and walking to work and/or publicise lift share services.
      • Launch a low carbon product or service (perhaps with a discount).
      • Share your experience of developing best practice, with start-ups.
      • Run an energy savings campaign where the first month’s savings are used to reward employees or give to charity.
      • Hire an Eco-Interactive from Global Action Plan and put on a display for customers, colleagues and clients
      • Hold a leftovers banquet; go to the Love Food Hate Waste website to get some ideas.
      • Have a switch off campaign and switch off all lights and equipment overnight or over the weekend (it’s Earth Hour on Saturday 26th March).

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      For Education:

      You can click here to see what other people are doing in your sector (for example the University of Reading had a Shut Down Weekend where all departments, buildings and halls are switching off all lights and equipment for the weekend and the New Engineering Foundation gave a masterclass in electric vehicles to introduce some of the leading developments in low carbon transport).
      Here is a list of some other things that you can do:

      • Show a climate-change related film (see our recommendations).
      • Run classroom activities and lessons about climate change.
      • Create art, poems, plays, stories, design ideas and technology proposals which are responses to climate change and exhibit them during Climate Week.
      • Arrange a school trip to a local wind farm, sustainability project, retro-fitted house or building.
      • Invite a speaker or expert for a classroom talk (from the council, an inspirational person or a representative from a transition town etc.).
      • Team up with your local cycle club or network and arrange a walk/cycle to school day.
      • Prepare a low-carbon lunch at the cafeteria and involve pupils in the decision.

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      For government, regional bodies and public sector:

      You can click here to see what other people are doing in your sector (for example Woking Borough Council ran an open day showcasing a retrofitted eco-house and the Department for Work & Pensions had a new reduction theme for each day of climate week – paper free, water wise, no business travel day, the list goes on…).
      Here is a list of some other things that you can do:

      • Exhibit internal displays for staff showcasing the work you’re doing to tackle climate change.
      • Hold a series of internal lunch-time learning sessions.
      • Create art, poems, plays, stories, design ideas and technology proposals which are responses to climate change – and exhibit them during Climate Week.
      • Show a climate-change related film (see our recommendations).
      • Start a competition among different staff/groups to measure their CO2.
      • Prepare a low-carbon lunch at the cafeteria.
      • Publicise local sourcing initiatives and maybe hold a market to sell local produce.
      • Invite Councillors, MPs, MSPs, AMs and MLAs to attend an event.*
      • Hold an online seminar.
      • Have a switch off campaign and switch off all lights and equipment overnight or over the weekend (it’s Earth Hour on Saturday 26th March).

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      For the voluntary sector:

      You can click here to see what other people are doing in your sector (for example Kingston Environment Centre had a green roof workshop and Howsham Mill invited everyone to Yorkshire to see how you actually install a community hydro scheme on a river).
      Here is a list of some other things that you can do:

      • Publicise local sourcing initiatives and maybe hold a market to sell local produce.
      • Show a climate-change related film (see our recommendations).
      • Create art, poems, plays, stories and design ideas which are responses to climate change – and exhibit them during Climate Week.
      • Encourage cycling and walking to work and/or publicise lift share services.
      • Hold swap shops for your staff.
      • Have a pledge tree in foyer of workplace.
      • Run a low-carbon coffee morning.
      • Have a park clean-up event.
      • Fund-raise for a relevant environmental project.
      • Hold an evening concert by sunset or candle light by a local band or orchestra.
      • Start allotment planting for the community.
      • Start a community compost bin for gardening garbage – make it into an educational programme to show people how to set-up their own compost pile and use it for better gardening.
      • Hold a meeting about reducing local energy consumption.
      • Have a switch off campaign and switch off all lights and equipment overnight or over the weekend (it’s Earth Hour on Saturday 26th March).

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      For culture & sport:

      You can click here to see what other people are doing in your sector (for example, the designer, Elena Garcia, teamed up with Olswang Law Firm to teach their staff how to customise t-shirts and Real Nappies for London held a fashion show to demonstrate their nappies).
      Here is a list of some other things that you can do:

      • Exhibit internal displays for staff showcasing the work you’re doing to tackle climate change.
      • Hold a series of internal lunch-time learning sessions.
      • Create art, poems, plays, stories, design ideas and technology proposals which are responses to climate change – and exhibit them during Climate Week.
      • Show a climate-change related film (see our recommendations).
      • Start a competition among different staff/groups to measure their CO2.
      • Prepare a low-carbon lunch at the cafeteria.
      • Publicise local sourcing initiatives and maybe hold a market to sell local produce.
      • Invite Councillors, MPs, MSPs, AMs and MLAs to attend an event.*
      • Hold an online seminar.
      • Have a switch off campaign and switch off all lights and equipment overnight or over the weekend (it’s Earth Hour on Saturday 26th March).

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      For everyone:

      There are so many events planned from all the sectors across the UK but as an individual away from your place of work or organisation here is a list of some things that you can do:

      • Get gardening: plant a tree or grow your own food.
      • Run a competition.
      • Make a short youtube film saying what you think about the issue.
      • Recycle – run a swapshop event, e.g. for clothes, toys, tools, books or DVDs.
      • Email, text, tweet and put postings on facebook about your event.
      • Visit and donate clothes, household goods and things you don’t use any more to charity shops.
      • Hold workshops on upcycling.
      • Hold a swishing event at home with your friends.
      • Make a low-carbon meal.

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      Film recommendations:

      A number of our supporters are filmmakers and have made some amazing films such as Beyond the Brink, Cape Farewell, Environment Films and Good Screenings. See below for some more film ideas.

      • Chasing Ice (2012).
      • Ferngully (1992).
      • The Age of Stupid (2008).
      • An Inconvenient Truth (2006).
      • Arctic Tale (2007).
      • Over The Hedge (2005).
      • Avatar (2010).
      • Climate Refugees (2010).
      • 11th Hour (2007).
      • The Day After Tomorrow (2004).
      • The Call of the Hummingbird (2007).
      • Be The Change (2008).
      • Climate Change No Thanks (2009).

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      * Please note that the pre-election period begins on the 25th March 2011 and may affect the ability of elected members to attend events. Please check with the Department for Communities and Local Government for more information on the pre-election period in your area.