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What a Wonderful World

Northumbrians join forces to help fight climate change

Artists, scientists, farmers and students from local schools have banded together to launch a new Northumberland-based group to help fight climate change.

“We’re launching What a Wonderful World because we want people to celebrate our planet through the arts and to develop an understanding of the science behind the serious threats we are facing,” says Alistair Anderson, one of the organisers.

“We intend to push our decision-makers – locally and nationally – to take real action in the face of the huge challenges ahead. We’re also planning events to give people hope and practical ideas, so that individuals and communities can play a part in stopping the destruction of the planet.”

WaWW is starting by organising a CLIMATE ACTION DAY in Alnwick on Saturday October 23 – a few weeks before COP 26, the global climate summit in November which is being hosted by the UK in Glasgow.

Local MP and Energy Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan will be interviewed about her role at COP 26 and there will be talks on transport, heating the home and green jobs in the region . Speakers include Paul Brannen, forestry expert and former MEP for North East England. Students from the Duchess High School, Alnwick, will lead a session on Top Tips to Save the Planet as well providing music and drama performances.

“We plan to follow our Climate Action Day with a Festival Weekend next year. Centred on the Alnwick Playhouse the festival – 24 – 26 June 2022 – will feature talks by national climate experts, music, drama, dance and spoken word. Events will be designed to help us understand how we can stop the erosion of our beautiful Northumbrian countryside and loss of wildlife, save money on heating our homes and getting around while saving the planet at the same time.

The CLIMATE ACTION DAY will be held in the Northumberland Hall, Alnwick from 10.30 to 17.00. This event is free. People can register their interest in the Day and What a Wonderful World by email to info@whataww.org or phone Liz Anderson 01665 574631.

Pictured: the What a Wonderful World Organising Team from the Duchess High School, Alnwick, Friends of the Earth Alnwick Area. Supporters include Alnwick Town Council and Northumberland County Council.

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