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Reading Climate Festival 2022

24 Sep - 2 Oct 2022

The third Reading Climate Festival will run from Saturday 24th September to Sunday 2nd October, concurrently with the UK-wide Great Big Green Week. Its aim is to inspire and encourage positive action on climate change, supporting Reading’s commitment to being a Net Zero, climate resilient town by 2030.

The festival originated in 2020 as a series of online talks about various aspects of climate change and sustainable living to support the launch of Reading’s Climate Emergency response. In 2021 it was able to add some in-person events and expand the programme to include more entertainment and public participation, and this trend continues in 2022. New content this year includes a dedicated Youth Fair hosted by Reading School on Saturday 24th September; it also incorporates Reading Cycle Festival on 25th September and Reading RESCUE (Reading Environmental Spaces Clean-Up Event).

The Festival programme can be found at on our website and all events are bookable through Eventbrite. It is a central principle that all Festival events should be free, so as to encourage the widest possible participation from all sectors of society. Individuals, schools and businesses are all catered for with dedicated content, and where possible events are recorded so that they can be enjoyed on-demand after the Festival is over.

The Festival is supported by a variety of individual experts and organisations who generously share their expertise to provide high quality content. It also receives sponsorship from Reading’s Economic and Destination Agency, REDA. The Festival’s logo and website features the Climate Stripes originated by Professor Ed Hawkins at the University of Reading, as recently featured on Reading FC’s new kit. Festival curator, Tracey Rawling Church, commented: “Taking action on climate change doesn’t just help to reduce the affects of global warming, it can also have significant benefits in other areas. For example, energy efficiency can reduce fuel bills, reducing food waste can cut grocery costs and active travel can improve fitness without the need for expensive gym membership. The Festival aims to offer practical solutions that can benefit individuals and organisations in a friendly, fun and accessible way.”

Reading Climate Festival is run on a not-for-profit basis by a team of volunteers on behalf of Reading Climate Change Partnership, the multi-stakeholder voluntary group which is responsible for Reading’s Climate Emergency Strategy. The partnership’s public outreach is delivered through Reading Climate Action Network with the aim of bringing individuals, communities and organisations together in Reading to tackle climate change. It offers a wealth of information and resources through its website at www.readingcan.org.uk.

Anybody interested in contributing content to the festival is invited to contact the organisers at info@readingcan.org.uk.