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March 2018

Waste Week 2018

05/03/2018 - 09/03/2018

The focus for the 2018 national waste saving campaign will be food waste and packaging, with a range of NEW curriculum linked resources to support the activity. The Pod is EDF Energy’s award winning digital schools programme. It was launched in September 2008 and has become the largest programme of its type. The Pod's national campaigns - Switch-Off Fortnight, Waste Week, What’s under your feet and Helping Hands - help the whole school, parents and the local community to engage with…

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The Great Debate: Engineering better food systems

12/03/2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
G10 Palmer Building, Whiteknights Campus
Reading, RG6 6UR United Kingdom
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Today’s global food system uses a lot of resources: fuel and fossil-derived fertilisers on the farm, fuel for transport, plastics for packaging and electricity for refrigeration with wastage at each stage. What can engineering do to improve sustainability of food production and distribution as the world population increases? There will be four short talks on the topics set out below followed by an opportunity for the audience to raise questions and views to a panel consisting of the four speakers.…

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WWF Earth Hour 2018

24/03/2018 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Hundreds of millions of people around the planet take part in WWF’s Earth Hour every year. Last year around 9 million took part in the UK alone. People do a wide range of things around the hour to show they care about our planet’s future. Millions choose to mark Earth Hour by going ‘lights out’ for 60 minutes at 8.30pm – a symbolic show of solidarity for the planet.   #EarthHourUK

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April 2018

Earth Day 2018: A world without plastic pollution


Close to 48 years ago, on 22 April 1970, millions of people took to the streets to protest the negative impacts of 150 years of industrial development. Earth Day is now a global event each year, with more than 1 billion people in 192 countries taking part in what is believed to be the largest civic-focused day of action in the world. The theme of this year's Earth Day is 'A world without plastic pollution'. From poisoning and injuring marine…

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July 2018

Reading Fringe – Climate Symposium: “A world without …”

27/07/2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
MERL (Museum of Rural English Life), Redlands Road
Reading, RG1 5EX United Kingdom
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BBC Radio 3 Presenter and Festival guest curator Fiona Talkington hosts a lively lunchtime debate with special guests who have an interest in ice, climate change, silence, darkness and beyond, in the inspiring and historic surroundings of The MERL, at the University of Reading. Includes ice musician Terje Isungset, photographer, broadcaster and writer Emile Holba. Free event, but booking requested.

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September 2018

Reading on Thames Festival 2018

07/09/2018 - 16/09/2018

The inaugural Reading-on-Thames Festival took place in, on and around Reading’s wonderful waterways between 9 and 17 September 2017. Plans are now in progress for the 2018 festival. Details of the 2018 programme will be published shortly: http://readingplaceofculture.org/reading-on-thames-festival/

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February 2019

Reading Community Energy Society Launch New Share Offer

27/02/2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Reading Community Energy Society are now inviting applications for our new share offer to support solar panel installations across the Reading area. Building on the success of our 2016 solar panel scheme, we’re pleased to open this latest opportunity to invest from £200 to £20,000 to support the installation of more solar panels on 8-10 buildings in the Reading area. Our scheme will be owned by the local community for the benefit of the local community and we will prioritise applications…

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May 2019

Glaister Lecture: Solving the Plastic Problem – From Cradle to Grave, to Reincarnation!

12/05/2019 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Braziers Park, Ipsden
Wallingford, OX10 6AN United Kingdom
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Lecture by Professor Chris Rhodes. Plastics are wonder-materials that have enabled the creation of the modern, industrialised world. However, their robustness means they degrade only slowly and poorly in the environment, and now pollute the oceans, the air, drinking water and food. As alarming as this may sound, plastic production is really just one element in the overall problem of a changing climate ("the world's woes"), and must be addressed as part of an integrated consideration of how we use…

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Film: A Plastic Ocean

12/05/2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
RISC, 35 London Street
Reading, RG1 4PS United Kingdom
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Beautiful and harrowing documentary film (97 mins), followed by discussion of solutions. A journalist, a free diver, and scientists and researchers travel around the world to explore the fragile state of our oceans. They uncover alarming truths about plastic pollution, and investigate solutions. Organised and hosted by Reading Friends of the Earth. Youtube trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zrn4-FfbXw

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June 2019

Meeting to discuss Reading’s new Climate Change Strategy (2020 – 2025)

13/06/2019 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Reading Council Chamber, Civic Offices, Bridge Street
Reading, RG1 2LU
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How can Reading businesses, utilities and our community work together to tackle climate change? Reading Climate Change Partnership is launching its consultation on the third Reading Climate Change Strategy (2020-25) on 13 June. Reading Council has declared A Climate Emergency, acknowledging the need to accelerate plans to reduce the carbon footprint of Reading. With significant climate change already in the system we will also need to urgently consider how to adapt Reading to cope with this. Everyone is invited to…

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