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Great Big Green Week 2024

Great Big Green Week is the UK’s biggest-ever celebration of community action to tackle climate change and protect nature. 

It is coordinated by the Climate Coalition, which is made up of charities such as the National Trust, Women’s Institute, Oxfam, and RSPB, and every year, people come together to unleash a wave of support for action to protect the planet.

 Great Big Green Week will take place between 8th and 16th June 2024.

CAfS and the Cumbria Sustainability Network have supported Great Big Green Week since its inception in September 2021, as part of the Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership’s commitment to broadening engagement with the climate debate, and getting as many people as possible to take local action.

Let's swap together for good!

This year Great Big Green Week has a ‘let’s swap together for good’ theme – celebrating swaps – from clothes or book swaps, to skill swaps in allotments or repair cafes, to knowledge swaps on discussion panels or wildlife reserves.

We would welcome anyone who cares about climate change to get involved with the Cumbria Great Big Green Week and organise an event during 8th and 16th June to celebrate local activity, raise the profile of climate change and show why it is relevant to the community and local decision makers.

Ideas from last year included seed planting; fruit picking; clothes swaps and upcycling; repair cafes; nature walks and quizzes; story-telling, talks, music, singing, plays, films and discussions; seasonal veg bags, soup recipes and low-carbon community meals and so much more. 

And everyone can get involved, from schools and youth groups, to older people’s groups, disabled people’s groups, asylum seeker and refugee communities and established venues such as village halls, community centres, parks and nature reserves.

Funding Available

Westmorland and Furness Council are generously supporting the week through the three locality boards in Eden, South Lakes and Barrow and Furness. We are able to offer not-for-profit groups the chance of funding of up to £300 per organisation to help you put on an event in your local area. This could cover costs such as room hire, publicity, materials, volunteer expenses or refreshments for your guests.

Previously funded groups are eligible to apply, but we would also like to encourage new groups based in new areas to get involved with the GBGW celebrations. We want to reach out and involve as many people as possible in celebrating nature and tackling climate change.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 1st May 2024. Get in touch with helen.attewell@cafs.org.uk as soon as possible if you would like to chat through your idea and get some help on form filling.

We are hoping to secure additional money for Cumberland-based groups, but it would be a smart move to apply to for money through your local community panel: What are Community Panels and how do I apply for support? | Cumberland Council.

If your Great Big Green Week event is part of a larger project to cut carbon and raise awareness of climate change then you may be eligible to apply for a Community Climate Grant to support your work: Zero Carbon Cumbria – Community Climate Grants – CAfS

Support and Guidance

Over 70 Great Big Green Week events were organised across Cumbria in 2023, so there is a lot of experience out there to help groups get started on planning an event. Cumbria Sustainability Network coordinator Helen Attewell is also on hand to give advice or signpost you on to other sources of help.

We are planning an online training / skill sharing event on the evening of the 22nd April (Earth Day), which will hear from some of last year’s participants – and will cover topics such as planning, promotion, and how to make your activity as low-carbon as possible, book your FREE place now

Please do input the details of your event to the Great Big Green Week website as well as sending details to us here at ZCC so we can compile a comprehensive set of listings for events in Cumbria and help you to attract a wide audience. 

Great Big Green Week Events around Cumbria

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