Here we highlight some of the ways we are working with local communities to raise awareness of climate change while enabling our researchers to share information about postive action being taken.
Nottingham Youth Climate Assembly
In July 2022 we supported Nottingham Climate Assembly to run their first youth residential
Nottingham Climate Assembly (NCA) is a local community organisation aiming to promote greater awareness of climate issues and increase participation in the decisions being made to address global warming and climate change. Since young people are often excluded from these decisions, and yet will be the most affected over time, NCA delivered a Youth Climate Assembly where young people could engage with the issues at a policy level, and put forward their views to local and national government decision makers.
Academics and students from the university helped facilitate the day, with the Institute funding the creation of a youth manifesto. Another legacy of the conference is a bug hotel, which now stands in the Millenium Garden.
Green Light in the City
On 11 November 2021 Green Light in the City opened its doors to the public.
The Green Light project aims to develop pop-up spaces in Nottingham to encourage creativity, curiousity and community engagement over the coming years. Contributing organisations are all committed to addressing issues that matter to the public. The goal is to produce spaces where conversations are held, knowledge is shared and artistic activity is encouraged.
In response to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) having just ended in Glasgow partners decided to explore climate change in their first pop up. The space featured examples of how our researchers are helping to make a difference, from developing and testing new green energy solutions at Trent Basin, to helping farmers improve the yield of their crops in Africa. Community organisations throughout Nottinghamshire were invited to contribute, share stories of the positive action they are taking and host events in the space.
The pop up closed with a wonderful contribution to Light Night on 7 February 2022, partners are now looking to develop phase 2 and share lessons learnt with others who may wish to create similiar spaces. Watch out for our toolkit, coming soon.
Primary partners include University of Nottingham, Nottingham City Council, Ignite!, Nottingham Trent University, ChalleNGe, Green Hustle and City Arts.