Reading Climate Festival

A week of events to inspire the people of Reading to act on climate change

From 9th to 15th November we’ll be running almost 50 free, online events for diverse audiences to inspire action on climate change. In the week when COP26 would have taken place if not for the pandemic, we want to enable as many people as possible to get involved, share, learn and join the call to action towards the goal of Zero Carbon Reading 2030.

You can find the events listings and book your places here:

Reading Climate Festival is curated by the Reading Climate Change Partnership and supported by Reading Place of Culture – a partnership project between Reading Borough Council, Reading University and Reading UK CIC – through Reading Culture Live


Flood Risk Awareness & Climate Change Adaptation Event

An event to provide information about flood risk to the residents of Caversham and Reading. We have had to reschedule to the 18 Dec due to pre-election purdah rules*.

The  guest speaker is Chris Beales, Chair of Reading Climate Change Partnership (RCCP). Chris is a Hydrologist with over 20 years of experience. In his role as chair of RCCP he is leading the partnership through a period of growth and developing stronger links with communities and businesses across the town in order to focus on climate change in light of ever-more regular extreme weather events.

He will be speaking about flood risk from the River Thames, resilience and climate change adaptation.


* Unfortunately Chris is unable to attend public events, during the pre-election period, as he is a public servant. The original event was arranged for 19 November. We wanted to reschedule as soon as possible after the election. Please note though that there could be further delay if a majority government is not elected.


Circular Economy Club, Reading – launch event

Join the Circular Economy Club Reading (CEC Reading) following the CEC Circular Cities Week for our launch event. We will be hosted by the brand new Curious Lounge, a 2 min walk from the station and partnering with ReadingCAN to imagine and design together a Circular Reading.

What is the Reading Circular Economy Club?

We are part of the Circular Economy Club, a global network of over 3,500 circular economy professionals and organisations in over 100 countries changing the way our cities operates.

Our aim is to use Circular Economy Models, design and thinking as innovation drivers to reduce waste and rethink products, business and behaviours, creating new and wider value for our community.

We act as a platform to amplify local initiatives and create new opportunities, bringing businesses, government, individuals and academic together.

We want to be brave, innovative, thoughtful and impactful.

For more details, and to register:


Quakers for Climate Justice

Join the Mid Thames Quakers for a vigil – an hour of silent protest to raise awareness of the Climate Crisis and the need for people and governments everywhere to take urgent action to reduce carbon emissions.

Please just turn up – banners welcome

For more information:


‘Never Closer to Midnight’ – live art installation

The University of Reading, with Reading Thames Festival, have co-commissioned a new live performance work by artist Janine Harrington, ‘never closer to midnight’: a meditative, rhythmic outdoor live art installation, exploring our felt sense of urgency in the face of climate change. The project draws inspiration from the Doomsday Clock imagined by scientists in 1947 to convey threats to humanity and the earth, and Janine has drawn on conversations with a number of researchers at the University in creating the piece.

More information about the piece and about Janine is here: and here:

The work will premiere on 26 September on campus and in town.

  •  1pm and 3pm, Palmer Quad, Whiteknights Campus
  • 6pm, Forbury Gardens

FREE. The work lasts approximately 1 hour; drop in at any point.


Health theme – public drop in session @ University of Reading

Reading will need to be more resilient than in the past.  We are reaching out to the public on 19th September and would like to hear your views on health impacts related to:

  1. Temperature causing illness or death
  2. Extreme weather and flooding
  3. Air pollution
  4. Water, rodent, vector and food-borne
  5. Diseases
  6. Effects of food and water shortages
  7. Health effects such as mental stress,
  8. Nutritional shortages, infectious diseases

Look out for our stall to find out more


Ethical Reading: Health and the Reading Climate Action Network

Ethical Reading are hosting this event, which links up with our Health and Wellbeing theme.

Our main speaker, Chris Beales, will give a brief overview of some of the risks facing the health sector, as a consequence of the changing climate.The risks to both physical and mental health and wellbeing are significant. However, there are great opportunities for all of us in Reading if we tackle the climate change challenge. He will finish by talking about a really positive vision for the future of the town….


Public update on our first Climate Change Adaptation Plan (22 Oct)

Sandbags and flood water


The Reading Climate Change Partnership commissioned a first Adaptation Plan for Reading. This will help us to understand some of the climate-related risks that we face in our town. It will also give us some guidance about how we should respond to prepare for these changes.

There will be a 1 hr presentation followed by 30 mins Q&A

– Chris Beales (Chair of the RCCP) will introduce the work; and Jason Lowe (Met Office [based at Reading University]) talking about climate projections for Reading; and Lisa Horrocks (Mott MacDonald) talking about what is in the plan and some of the key lessons for us.

This is a free, public event.

To book your ticket – please click here (link to Eventbrite)