Wednesday 16 June. World Refill Day
Global public awareness campaign to prevent plastic pollution and help people live with less waste. Call on businesses, brands and governments to choose to reuse and help make single-use plastic a thing of the past. Five main actions are promoted and resources are available.
What has been organised in your area?
Thursday 17 June. National Clean Air Day – is Protect Our Children’s Health
Clean Air Day is the UK’s largest air pollution campaign, engaging thousands of people at hundreds of events. What is being organised in your area?
Individuals: are being asked to go polluting-vehicle free by leaving the car at home and refraining from ordering non-essential, polluting deliveries as well as supporting their local authority’s actions to tackle air pollution to protect children’s health.
Schools: are being asked to host assemblies to raise awareness on air pollution, to encourage parents, carers and teachers to leave the car at home and to tell their local council what they want to see happening to tackle air pollution by writing or tweeting them to protect children’s health.
Businesses: are being asked to signal their commitment to cleaning up toxic air by assessing and addressing their business impact on air quality and make a public statement outlining their commitment to protect children’s health.
Health sector: hospitals and health professionals are being encouraged to host events and use the campaign as an opportunity to share information with patients and staff on the impact of air pollution and how to protect their health. They are also being asked to support local council’s clean air activities by writing or tweeting at them about what they want to see happening to tackle air pollution to protect children’s health.
Local authorities: are being asked to communicate the health risks of air pollution and how to tackle it to schools, residents, businesses and health groups with the need for action and say what they are doing to protect children’s health from air pollution.
Free resources for community groups, individuals, businesses and local authorities, schools and health care can be downloaded.
Last year Global Action Plan launched the Air Pollution Calculator which individuals can use. To calculate their personal contribution to air pollution.
18 – 26 September 2021. Great Big Green Week
The national Climate Change Coalition runs this annual national campaign. Thousands of events will celebrate how communities are taking action to tackle climate change and protect green spaces, and encourage others to get involved to.
Suggested ideas include:
Community Clean Ups
Get planting outdoor spaces
Green Get together
Community events on green spaces
There are organisers’ guides and leaflet etc templates.
Grant funding is available, but applications will close in mid-June.
How Does Veolia Compare With Biffa?
Last year BIFFA, another waste managementcompany, adopted a sustainability strategy.
Among its activities it owns he Company Shop Group which redistributes unsold food and unsold retail products. It has a network of stores, but not in London and the South. It also has some community shops, inc. one in Lambeth: Community Shop West Norwood, Vale Street, Gipsy Hill, SE27 9PA. Tel: 020 8761 9660. Mon – Fri – 9am – 4pm; Saturday – 9am – 3pm.
Is there scope for a shop in your area?