Nottingham Green Festival : A Photo Zine

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Nottingham Green Festival :: Sunday, 15th September Come to Nottingham Green Festival and enjoy. Bands, Entertainment, Kids Activities, Crafts & Green Businesses, Stalls, Caterers & Foods, Voluntary & Campaign Groups. There will be much information and discussion on green, environmental, sustainability issues.


ottingham Green Festival is now in its 27th year and is organised by grass roots community based volunteers, not-for-profit and with no statutory funding. The ethical standards and sustainability / environmental / human / animal rights ethos of the FREE one day event are long established, having evolved from the pre-history of Nottingham Peace Festival from which it grew. At the last event, we estimate we had around 5,000 adults and children in attendance. Nottingham’s own green festival, happening this year on Sunday, 15th September between 12noon and 6pm, provides the place for everyone to learn, explore and try the latest in everything environmentally friendly and ethical, while having lots of fun in the beautiful setting of the Arboretum Park. We are proud to run the event ‘offgrid’. Free live music is powered by solar panels and battery storage equipment. Outdoor entertainment and adult & children’s activities and workshops include stalls from small green businesses, craft workers, community groups, charities, campaigns, artisan food producers

and vegan caterers. Stalls share information about domestic energy saving, insulation and reducing carbon emissions. Re-use, repair and recycling are encouraged by organisations like Hackspace, Repair Cafe and Bike Co-op. Sustainable and energy-saving technologies, transport and information are promoted. We encourage food vendors and stalls to operate with minimal or no plastic. In the recent report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the world’s leading climate scientists have warned that there are only a dozen years for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5C, beyond which even half a degree will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people. The tipping points beyond which we will be unable to regulate the situation are just around the corner. It is with this in mind that the organisers of the Green Festival feel that we need to step up a gear and include education, workshops, information sharing and action to better enable people to understand the

issues of concern and to help them and their neighbourhoods bring about the changes required. Respected medical journal, The Lancet, stated that “Civilisation is in crisis; we can no longer feed our population a healthy diet while balancing planetary resources. If we can eat in a way that works for our planet as well as our bodies, the natural balance will be restored.� This has been challenged by other scientists but there is an argument that a massive reduction in meat consumption supporting a move away from livestock farming could be part of the solution to our planetary dilemmas. The Green Festival has addressed these issues since the 1980’s, with exclusively vegetarian food, including Veggies Catering Campaign, since day one. With the growing interest and adoption of vegan living, supported in Nottingham by initiatives such as Sneinton Vegan Market, the Green Festival is taking a lead nationally with an all-vegan food policy. Alongside this, other sustainable issues are advanced by the event, especially regarding single use packaging: The free tea stall & some caterers use returnable mugs; plastic water bottle sales are banned in favour of the new water fountain at the Arboretum, funded by the Green Festival. This year stall holders have formed a working group to share best practice to reduce plastic

waste. We are aware that personal and community learning and changing are best achieved in a happy positive environment, not by being immobilised by threats of doom. The joyous and relaxed atmosphere of the Green Festival is a perfect event to help people accept serious lifestyle change and look to working within their friendship circles to promote these necessary changes We attract a wide spread of local people of all ages, and plan further efforts to make the site safer for people with disabilities, despite the increasing crowds. We make provision to serve the many local communities but must always work to improve the event. We organise and prepare for the event throughout the year. Beyond the local and community groups currently involved, in future we hope to include staff, students and societies from our universities and colleges in projects to help educate and inform those attending the event about the urgency of our situation, and offering positive and practical actions that individuals and communities can take. .... Please help us if you can. E: W: F: T:

Alan Lodge 2019 Nottingham. E: W:

A few of the people that make the Green Festival happen. Well done us!

Transcript of the speech by Sir David Attenborough COP24, Katowice, Poland


our excellences, ladies and gentlemen. ‘We the peoples of the United Nations’. These are the opening words of the UN Charter. A charter that puts people at the centre. A pledge to give every person in the world a voice on its future. A promise to help protect the weakest and the strongest from war, famine and other man-made disasters. Right now, we are facing a man-made disaster of global scale. Our greatest threat in thousands of years. Climate Change. If we don’t take action the collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon. The United Nations provides a unique platform that can unite the whole world, and as the Paris agreement proved, together we can make real change happen. At this crucial moment, the United Nations has invited the world’s people to have their voice heard, by giving them a seat. The People’s Seat; giving everyone the opportunity to join us here today, virtually, and speak directly to you the decision makers. In the last two weeks, the world’s people have taken part in building this address, answering polls, sending video messages and voicing their opinions. I am only here to represent the ‘Voice of the People’: to deliver our collective thoughts, concerns, ideas and suggestions. The world’s people have spoken. Their message is clear. Time is running out. They want you, the decision makers, to act now. They are behind you, along with civil society represented here today. Supporting you in making tough decisions but also willing to make sacrifices in their daily lives. To help make change happen, the UN is launching the Act Now bot. Helping people to discover simple everyday actions that they can take, because they recognize that they too must play their part. The People have spoken. Leaders of the world, you must lead. The continuation of our civilisations and the natural world upon which we depend, is in your hands. 3rd December 2018