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World People Of Nature Day– Green Childhood

Friday 1st October
Online

Winter Migration Festival

Saturday 2nd October
Castle Espie
See event page

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BITCI– The Sustainability Revolution

Tuesday 5th October
Online
Free

Natural Capital Finance & Investment Conference 2021

Wednesday 6th October
Online
Delegate places are £55 per person

Peatlands gathering 2021

Thursday 7th October
Online
Free

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10

One World Festival

Monday 11th October
Mostly online

Do no harm to the environment: translating the EGD into Cohesion Policy 2021–2027

Tuesday 12th October
Online
Free

Rising seas and climate change with Dr Asha de Vos

Tuesday 12th October
Online
Free

Heritage on the Ground

Tuesday 12th October
Online
Free

Sustainable Peatlands: A Win for All

Wednesday 13th October
Online
Free

Natura 2000 logo for goods and services – supporting nature and people for a sustainable recovery

Wednesday 13th October
Online
Free

Floodplain Meadows Partnership Conference 2021

Wednesday 13th October
Online
0–£25

NI Waste Expo 2021

Thursday 14th October
Titanic Belfast
Non–qualified individuals are subject to a £250 attendance cost.

NorthernIreland2035– Common Purpose

Thursday 14th October
Online
Free

15

Cave Hill Fungal Foray

Saturday 16th October
Belfast Castle
Free

17

“The Climate Crisis is a Human Rights Crisis”

Monday 18th October
Online
Free

Nature Means Business Online Conference

Tuesday 19th October
Online
£5.98

Nature Means Business

Tuesday 19th October
Online
£5.98

Practicing Food Sovereignty in the Climate Emergency

Tuesday 19th October
Online
Free

Young Trustees in the Environmental Sector

Tuesday 19th October
Online
Free

Mapping a Just Energy Transition in NI

Wednesday 20th October
QUB Great Hall
Free

The Year of Youth Climate Action: COP26 and Your Role

Wednesday 20th October
Online
Free

Legislating for Climate Action on the Island of Ireland

Thursday 21st October
Online
Free

Belfast City Council ‘Go Social’ Virtual Bus Tour – Destination: North West

Thursday 21st October
Online
Free

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Just Zero – a Virtual Conference on Financing the Just Transition

Monday 25th October
Online
Free

26

Social Enterprise and the Digital Economy

Wednesday 27th October
Online
Free

Agriculture and Climate Change: A Countryside COP event

Wednesday 27th October
Online
Free

Climate Resilience Heritage Summit

Wednesday 27th October
Online
Free

Nature Connection, Rewilding and Ecotherapy

Wednesday 27th October
22 University Square
Free

The Social Enterprise Rural Forum

Wednesday 27th October
Online
See ticket types

How can the island of Ireland best contribute to COP–26?

Thursday 28th October
Online
Free

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30

UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) – Glasgow 2021

Sunday 31st October
Glasgow

      
 

Big Climate Fightback 19 October 2020

Woodland Trust launches Big Climate Fightback pledging to plant 50 million trees over the next five years. It announces a new pilot £1 million Emergency Tree Fund for local authorities to plant trees. It urges the public to get involved this autumn and join its bid to tackle climate change. 50 million trees in five years – the Woodland Trust sets out ambitious aim to help tackle climate change

 

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 Photo Credit Phil Formby

The UK’s largest woodland conservation charity is today announcing a pledge to plant 50 million trees by 2025 to help tackle climate change.

The Woodland Trust is sending more than 600,000 free trees to community groups and schools in the next few weeks and is backing up this commitment to tackling climate change with an initial Emergency Tree Fund of up to £1m to help local authorities plant trees and create woods.

In addition the charity is urging the nation to join with it by launching The Big Climate Fightback. Itis calling on millions of people to plant trees throughout November – building support to sustain the biggest mass planting campaign the country has ever seen over the next few years.

Covid–hit 2020 has been a tough year for so many, not least in woodland conservation where UK tree planting is down (by 30 per cent in the first quarter of 2020 compared to 2019) and with more challenges on communities to get out to plant in large numbers.

All this, despite the desperate need for more trees in the ground to fight climate change. Last year the Government committed to plant 50 million trees each year until 2050 to achieve net zero carbon. Now is the time to turn words into action. The Trust’s CEO Darren Moorcroft wants the Trust to continue to lead by example and is urging others to also demonstrate their commitment with action.

Dr Moorcroft said: “A year on from many big promises and statements about the need for more trees in order to achieve carbon net zero by 2050, they mainly remain just that, words.

“2019 saw the Woodland Trust plant more than four million trees. It was a great achievement but even that is well below what is needed in the UK to meet climate change targets.

“Today I outline our commitment to establish 50m trees by 2025 to achieve our ten year aim of a tree for everyone in the UK. This would more than double our most successful year ever and state our ambition to plant 10m trees a year to 2025 and further, 20 per cent of the entire UK yearly target as set out by the Government.

“Our new Emergency Tree Fund isanother bold step to achieving our tree planting aim – by offering local authorities an opportunity to get on board and join The Big Climate Fightback. But we will require people from across all sections of society to help us achieve our ambition and today we start to mobilise that army.

“Our role in tackling the climate crisis won’t rest – we know the clock is ticking and we must act now. Trees are nature’s most powerful weapons in the fight against climate change. Together we can achieve remarkable things and I ask people today, please do your bit, join our climate change army, plant a tree in November, use your voice for trees and woods, support our cause and help us to continue our collective Big Climate Fightback.”

The Emergency Tree Fund will be initially offered to 12 local authorities as part of a pilot and if successful could be rolled out further. Belfast City Council will take part in the pilot programme in Northern Ireland to support their project to plant ‘One Million Trees for Belfast’. ‘

In the Big Climate Fightback 2020, which is supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, people are urged to plant trees but if they can’t do that then one of a series of actions, including lobbying their local politicians on green issues, donating money to the campaign, or sharing their support across social media platforms.

A host of celebrities have already given their backing for the BCF 2020 including Woodland Trust President and presenter Clive Anderson, JLS singer, presenter and farmer JB Gill, former Coronation Street actress Debra Stephenson, former Game Of Thrones actress Bella Ramsey and former Doctor Who and current The Great actress Charity Wakefield.

Charity said: “I couldn’t be more excited to help spread the word about Woodland Trust’s aim to plant millions of trees. Climate change affects all of us and I think we are all beginning to recognise that it is everyone’s responsibility help our environment repair and regrow. 2020 has been such a tough year for us all, but I know so many people, myself included, have found solace in reconnecting with nature. I am so happy we can provide a way to put that connection into action, and by planting a tree in the Big Climate Fightback give people the chance to get outside and do something really positive. It’s a wonderful thing to do, especially in the autumn and winter”

Trees are seen as nature’s answer to climate change – they soak up carbon dioxide and deliver oxygen.

For more on the Big Climate Fightback 2020, visit woodlandtrust.org.uk/bigclimatefightback, follow the campaign online #BigClimateFightback

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Notes to editors For more on this release contact Andy Bond on 07725480434

About the Woodland Trust The Woodland Trust is the largest woodland conservation charity in the UK. It has over 500,000 supporters. It wants to see a UK rich in native woods and trees for people and wildlife.

The Trust has three key aims:

  1. protect ancient woodland which is rare, unique and irreplaceable
  2. restoration of damaged ancient woodland, bringing precious pieces of our natural history back to life
  3. Plant native trees and woods with the aim of creating resilient landscapes for people and wildlife.

Established in 1972, the Woodland Trust now has over 1,000 sites in its care covering approximately 29,000 hectares. Access to its woods is free so everyone can benefit from woods and trees.

In Northern Ireland the Woodland Trust cares for 50 woods.  These woods contain a mix of recently planted woodland, mature woodland and ancient woodland.

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