10 things to do during Climate Week

| 16th March 2011
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Fancy going to a clothing upcycling workshop, learning how to cook insects from a celebrity chef or sharing tips on greening your office or school? Here's the Ecologist's pick of ideas to get you geared up for Climate Week

1. New Engineering Foundation

A Masterclass in electric vehicles designed to introduce some of the leading developments in low carbon transport. Fuel cell, electric and hybrid systems will all be discussed along with analysis of drive train systems and the required infrastructure to support a national network.
Location: Nissan, Sunderland
Cost: £72.00 + VAT
Web: The New Engineering Foundation

2. UK Aware

Now in its fourth year, UK Aware will bring together 150 exhibitors, 10,000 visitors, and over 50 world class guest speakers, all under one roof. A one-stop shop for contemporary sustainable living which offers visitors a unique opportunity to discover some of the thousands of amazing products and services available - from cars to computers, fashion to food and eco-tourism to energy saving advice!
Date: 25-26 of March 2011, Fri-Sat 10am-6pm
Location: Kensington Olympia, Olympia Two, London
Cost: tickets at door £10.00, tickets bought in advance online £7.00, OPAs disabled and under 16s free with ID
Web: UK Aware

(Click here to wine one of 25 pairs of tickets to UK Aware from the Ecologist. Competition ends 12pm GMT Friday March 18th)

3. Open Day Scott Polar Research Institute

An event designed to shed light on modern polar research and what goes into preserving polar objects displayed at the museum. This will be a chance for both children and adults to see what goes on at the institute and in the field in terms of scientific research on both polar regions.
Date: 25th from 10:00 to 16:00
Location: Polar Museum, Cambridge
Cost: Free, open to all
Web: Scott Polar Research Institute

4. Comedy in the Dark Soho Theatre

Enter at your own risk! After sell out shows in Edinburgh & Leicester, this truly unique experience comes to Soho Theatre as part of Climate Week & Earth Hour. Past acts have included Sarah Millican, Kevin Bridges, Jon Richardson, Greg Davies and Shappi Khorsandi. Stay tuned for line-up details...
Date: 26 of March 2011, 20:30
Location: Soho Theatre London
Cost: £15, disabled, seniors, students, Under 26, Unwaged get in for £12.50
Web: Soho Theatre

5. Leeds University Climate Week Event

Date: 21st Mar 11 - 25th Mar 11
Location: Marquee opposite University Union
Time: 10:00 - 15:00
Cost: Free
The University is using climate week to launch its carbon management plan and target of a 35 per cent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2020/2021.
There will be events on campus including:

* A marquee hosting an exhibition on the University's energy use
* A bike powered cinema showing short eco themed-films
* A screening of the film Dirty Oil followed by a debate.

The week will also see the launch of two competitions with prizes of £500 for staff and students. The University Union will be holding events throughout the week.
The marquee will be open from 10:00 - 15:00 from Monday-Thursday. Visit from the campaign against food waste on Friday.

6. The Grand Banquet of Rainforest Insects amidst the Ghost Forest trees

Experts in the field of food security will discuss whether insects could offer a viable alternative to beef if the predicted worldwide population explosion leads to a world meat shortage. Insects will be cooked by the celebrity chef and food writer Thomasina Miers, a noted environmentalist whose Wahaca restaurants are inspired by Mexican street markets. She will be joined at the event by Mauricio Rodriguez, the Ambassador of Colombia, who will bring his own insects from Colombia and demonstrate how they areprepared at his Ambassadorial residence in London.

Date: Sunday, March 27

The trees are on the lawns of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History in Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PW. Admission to the exhibition is free.

7. The Ideal Home Show

This year's Ideal Home Show, which runs from 11-27 March, will help address the challenges that the public face with their homes' domestic energy consumption through a week of dedicated events.  There is a series of onsite activities in the final week of the show between the 21st -27th March, which will include Eco Trails, special Celebrity features, a dedicated Swap Shop, and special recycled fashion features across the Ideal Woman catwalk

Date: 21-27 March 2011, 10am-6pm, Thurs open until 9pm

Location: Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Warwick Road, London SW5 9TA

Web: Ideal Home Show 

8. Beyond the Brink: The UK Youth Climate Coalition (UKYCC)

A nationwide week of screenings of the climate change documentary Beyond the Brink from the 21st to 27th March 2011. The Screen It Yourself campaign is aiming for hundreds of showings of the 40 minute film in numerous venues across the country. Teachers, students, and other members of the public have been volunteering to receive free DVDs and run their own screenings as part of a huge national effort to inspire people to take positive action.

Beyond the Brink provides a refreshing take on the climate change debate. Student filmmaker Ross Harrison spent a year chasing up experts, studying the news, and filming to create the documentary which is now being distributed with the help of UKYCC. 160 schools, 40 universities, and many more individuals have asked for one of the DVDs that were made freely available, and they are planning to put on free screenings throughout Climate Week. 'Climate change is terrible, we're in big trouble' hasn't persuaded many people to rise to the challenge," said Ross, the filmmaker. 'There needs to be a new message that is appealing and inspiring, and a fresh movement that anyone can feel part of. That's what I hope the Screen It Yourself campaign will contribute to.'

Web: Beyond the Brink 

9. Climate Week Challenge

Schools, colleges and workplaces across the UK will take part in the Climate Week Challenge - Britain's biggest ever live environmental competition. Thousands of teams will simultaneously tackle the same task unveiled on the morning of Climate Week. The 'challenge' is a fun, free way to engage staff and students.
Cost: Free.
Time: 9am-2pm.
Date: 21st March. Location: Various around the country.
To take part, register at Climate Week 

10. Upcycling workshop

EcoLuxe London will be doing a series of upcycling workshops with Olswang LLP at their offices in London to raise awareness of Climate Week and the carbon footprint of t-shirts. They will be using donated t-shirts, leftover craft materials and ribbons from VV Rouleaux. The resulting items will be auctioned and the money donated will go towards supporting Climate Week and the Coram Children's Charity.
Where: Olswang Offices, 90 High Holborn, London
Date: March 21st, 23rd and 25th

Cost: There are no costs involved

Web: Eco Luxe


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