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Climate and Biodiversity Festival

13 to 26 September 2021

This festival brings together local action linking to two significant international environmental conventions talking place this autumn: October’s COP15 Convention on Biological Diversity in China, and November's UN COP26 Conference in Glasgow.

We’ve all got a shared responsibility to tackle the challenges of the environmental crisis. That’s why we’re inviting communities across B&NES to shape the two-week programme of events by running their own activities on the twin themes of carbon emissions and nature, including food, travel, waste, renewable energy, biodiversity, buildings and finance. Events will take place in the most appropriate format, either face-to-face or virtual, depending on safety restrictions.

The festival will also launch a youth-focused theme: ‘Young People: What does your Zero Carbon, Nature Positive 2030 future look like?’

Councillor Sarah Warren, deputy Leader and council member for the Climate Emergency and Sustainable Travel, comments: “In spite of the challenges of the past 15 months, our communities have been forging ahead with actions to reduce carbon emissions. This festival is also a chance to raise awareness of what’s been achieved towards our local environmental targets, and highlight the wider-reaching projects being led by business and academic sectors.”

We invite all forms of expression around the themes, which may include creative media such as music, poetry, film, theatre and art, as well as discussions and debate. Have a look at the How to organise an event section to answer any questions you may have.

Register your event

Whether you're an individual, an organisation, a community group or a business, if you would like to take part, you can now register your event using our sign-up form or by emailing 

Register your event

Upcoming events

To give you a taster of events in development, these include the following:

  • Delivering environmental projects in the community and Third Sector
  • Community Group Network
  • Changing council policy and strategy
  • Having your say in council decision making
  • Fast fashion and textiles
  • University of Bath research
  • Community-owned renewable energy
  • Living a low carbon lifestyle

Check back soon for confirmed event listings

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