Great Big Green Week festival 2021
From 18-26 September 2021 (part of the run-up to COP26), communities across the country will join together for the Great Big Green Week. It will be the biggest occasion for climate and nature ever in the UK, and a festival of events is coming to Leicester!
Sustainable Schools Leicester are organising a number of events throughout the week.
In the spirit of The Climate Coalition, we are aiming to engage as many people in climate appreciation and lobbying action as possible, with a focus on those who have not had much involvement with such activities.
Small grants are available to host events at 60 schools across Leicester City, with a variety of environmental themes. Each school will receive funding of £100 to spend on resources for an event surrounding the environment and action to protect it.
To apply for a £100 mini grant, please fill out this short eForm. Grants are offered on a rolling basis, but the final deadline will be Wednesday 8 September 2021.
Secondary school conference
We are giving secondary school (KS3 to KS5) students the opportunity to reflect on some of the issues affecting us by climate change!
A secondary school conference will be hosted virtually on Microsoft Teams on Tuesday 21 September 2021, 9.30am - 2.30pm. There will be several speakers from that will share their expertise, followed by interactive workshops. Students will get to be a part of an authentic international conference by taking on the role of party countries from all over the globe!
To express an interest in this event, please fill out this short eForm before Wednesday 8 September 2021.
"Letter to the Future" competition
A Jane Goodall Roots & Shoots "Letter to the Future" Competition will be taking place before the Green Week festival, with winners to be announced during the week.
We want school students to answer this question:
"What will the environment look like in 2050?"
Write a letter to an adult of your choice describing what you think the future will look like in 2050, in a maximum space of 1 side of A4 written or typed. This could be a relative, other adult, councillor or even MP.
In partnership with Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Programme, there are lots of Jane Goodall books to be won for the winners of each key stage category. An overall winner will also be chosen to receive a book signed by Jane Goodall herself!
Entries can be from students between 4-19 years old. Please send a photo, scanned copy or word file of your entries to Eco-Schools@leicester.gov.uk in pdf, jpg or doc format. There is a pdf template attached to the files at the bottom of this page which students may use, or they can use their own design.
The deadline is 3 September 2021, with winners to be announced during the Great Big Green Week (18-26 September 2021). Full terms and conditions are available as a pdf at the bottom of this page.
Please note that your school will need to sign up to the Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots programme to participate in this competition - you can do that on the Roots & Shoots website for free.
Environmental Film Festival
A Film festival, featuring different films with environmental themes, will be hosted at the Phoenix Independent Cinema between Monday 20 and Friday 24 September. The full line up is at follows:
Monday 20 September at 6.30pm - I am Greta
Tuesday 21 September at 4.30pm - Ferngully
Thursday 23 September at 4.30pm - The Lorax
Friday 24 September at 6.30pm - 2040
Tickets for school children and their parents to come and view the films are just 50p each and can be booked on a first come, first serve basis on the Phoenix website.
Eco-Schools/Food for Life Celebration
The Environmental Education Team and Food for Life will be celebrating all the hard work that schools have undertaken over the last 12 months. There will be a Teams presentation taking place on Thursday 23 September between 11am-12noon. The presentation will include pupils and staff from Abbey Mead Primary talking about their Eco-Schools work and Edible Playground. No need to sign up. Join using this Teams link from 10.55am.
Great Big Climate March and Plastic Free Picnic
A Great Big Climate March and picnic will be taking place on Friday 24 September.
The plan is to get the people in power to listen to the importance of our environment, and urge them to protect it. The morning is what you make of it – you could do a litter pick around your school grounds, an upcycling workshop, a letter writing session to COP26 representatives, or anything else to make a change! This will lead into a climate march from 12 noon at Abbey Park, where you can show off your creativity and be part of the crowd. Afterwards, we will celebrate with a plastic free picnic at Abbey Park until 2:30pm.
A drone camera will also be used during the day to capture the event including an image of people spelling out "Green Week". Get ready to make some noise, and send a message - literally! Express your interest using this short eForm before Friday 10 September 2021.
An online news day in partnership with DocMedia Centre will be hosted on Wednesday 29 September, and will feature interviews with school staff and pupils, highlights of all the festival events, and Q&A sessions with the charity behind it all, the Climate Coalition. This will be hosted via Zoom and live streamed from 9:30am-2:30pm on our Facebook page.
Want to find out more?
As always, you can also get in touch with the environmental education team at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Please consider the environment.