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Events for young people and school leaders during Reading Climate Festival 2024

8 – 21 June 2024

Reading Climate Festival 2024 offers two weeks of free events to inspire and support Reading’s journey to net zero.

In this post we have highlighted a number of events for young people and for school staff. These excellent events are all free and are hosted by a range of partners, including University of Reading, EAUC, Stem Learning, Design Nature, Reading Borough Council, UCEM and MERL.

Make a Shaker & Join a Samba Parade with Beatroots Bateria
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11:30 – 12:45 | Sun 16 June | Forbury Gardens | Little kids

This fun shaker-making workshop and samba parade is part of Reading’s Big Lunch in Forbury Gardens on 16 June 2024 – a whole town event focused on sustainable food and fun. You’re invited to bring your own plastic-free picnic or try some delicious climate-friendly food from a mini Vegan Village. In addition to these kids’ activities, there will be a raft of ‘grow-your-own’ activities at the Incredible Edible Reading tent. To make a shaker, bring two clean same-sized cans. Find out more and register


Climate Ambassadors Scheme for Schools
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4pm | Mon 10 June | ONLINE | Staff

In April 2022, the University of Reading launched the Climate Ambassadors Scheme in collaboration with EAUC and STEM Learning. It is a free service for schools and other education settings that want to develop a climate plan to reduce carbon emissions, tackle climate risks and inspire and inform the next generation. Find out more and register


Youth Mobilisation Day
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9:30am – 5:30pm | Sat 15 June | Reading School | 16 – 25-year-olds

The day will include a ‘Creative Horizons for Climate and Nature’ session with Dialogue Matters, which will help young people express their vision for the future of   Reading. These creative visions will feed directly into our town’s next Climate Emergency Strategy for 2025 – 2030. Other activities during the day include filmmaking and campaigning skills, how to engage with politics and use your voice to bring positive change, and a ‘careers for climate’ discussion. Find out more and register


CALM Schools Workshop: Clean Air Living Matters
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10 am – 2pm | Thurs 20 June | University of Reading | KS3

If you would like your learners to take part, please contact Mark Mason, Design & Delivery Lead at Design Nature: (Please don’t book online.)
Reading Borough Council, in collaboration with Design Nature, Stantec and the University of Reading, are excited to offer schools across Reading the opportunity to participate in the CALM – Exploring Reading Air Quality programme. You and your KS3 students will explore, map and measure air quality together across the day, and then develop an action plan to improve it. Find out more


Redesigning Reading for Sustainability & Wellbeing
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10am – 12 midday | Thurs 20 June | Reading Museum | KS3 

If you would like your pupils to participate, please contact Charlotte Thackeray
The University College of Estate Management (UCEM) is offering a free 2-hour workshop for KS3 learners (e.g. sustainability or wellbeing councils or other interested students). Learners will take part in redesigning a real local building or space with sustainability and wellbeing in mind, after receiving a briefing on relevant concepts linked to the KS3 curriculum. Find out more


Action for Pollinators
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9:30 – 12:30 | Thurs 20 June | University of Reading | Staff

Local primary and secondary school colleagues… join us for a half-day event dedicated to our unsung heroes – the pollinators! School mentors and ITTCos, this morning of talks, case studies and workshops will help you drive sustainability through ‘action on pollinators’. The event is a collaborative effort– from the Institute of Education, the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, the School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science and the Museum of English Rural Life (MERL). Find out more and register

View the full Reading Climate Festival Programme
Two weeks to online and in-person events to inspire and support climate action in Reading.

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