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Enabling Biodiversity Net Gain in the Planning System

Tuesday 3rd November
Online
Public Sector Rate: £389.00 Private Sector Rate: £575.00 Voluntary Sector Rate: £315.00

Time for citizen action on climate change? A webinar examining the work of the UK Climate Assembly

Tuesday 3rd November
Online
Free

Demystifying fashion with Lydia Higginson and Dr Mila Burcikova

Tuesday 3rd November
Online
Free

Lasers, drones & boats: measuring the impacts of climate change on heritage

Tuesday 3rd November
Online
Free

CLIMATE ASSEMBLY UK: PATH TO NET ZERO

Wednesday 4th November
Online
Free

Northern Ireland Infrastructure Investment Conference

Thursday 5th November
Online
£185 +VAT

The future of food packaging

Thursday 5th November
Online
Free

Why do we need an Aarhus Centre for Environmental Justice in Ireland 1/2

Thursday 5th November
Online
Free

Autumn Lecture Series Belfast: Georgian Town to Divided City 1770–1920

Thursday 5th November
Online
Free

Mainstreaming Culture and Heritage into Climate Planning

Friday 6th November
Online
Free

What if museums could be engine rooms for the imagination?

Friday 6th November
Online
Free

Discovery 2020! Conference at Queen’s University Belfast

Saturday 7th November
Online
Free

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Heritage Recovery Fund Northern Ireland applicants webinar

Monday 9th November
Online
Free

ICE Strategy Session: The value of community engagement on infrastructure projects

Tuesday 10th November
Online
Free

Why do we need an Aarhus Centre for Environmental Justice in Ireland 2/2

Tuesday 10th November
Online
Free

The UN SDGs and climate change (Reading Climate Festival)

Wednesday 11th November
Online
Free

Heritage Recovery Fund Northern Ireland applicants webinar

Thursday 12th November
Online
Free

Introduction to the Hands–On Heritage project

Thursday 12th November
Online
Free

Sustainable cities with Amahra Spence

Thursday 12th November
Online
Free

Making the Case for Building Reuse through Better Metrics for Avoided, Operational and Embodied Carbon

Friday 13th November
Online
Free

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How To Talk About The Climate Crisis To Anyone

Sunday 15th November
Online
£27.54

Climate Heritage Network General Assembly

Monday 16th November
Online
Free

Past Matters: Climate Emergency and Action

Tuesday 17th November
Online
Free

The future for Northern Ireland energy policy – the energy strategy and net zero targets, security of supply, and the impact on industry and consumers

Wednesday 18th November
Online
See website for details

Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States Regional Climate Heritage Forum

Thursday 19th November
Online
Free

Valuing Traditional Knowledge in Climate Action

Friday 20th November
Online
Free

Maintenance Week NI 2020

Friday 20th November
Online
Free

Heritage–based Adaptation and Mitigation | Documentary Film Premiere

Saturday 21st November
Online
Free

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Green nudges for promoting sustainability during Covid

Tuesday 24th November
Online
Free

Northern Ireland Environment Forum 2020 – Exclusive offer for NIEL Members!

Wednesday 25th November
Online
£95 + VAT for NIEL members

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Using Culture to Promote Climate Resilient Sustainable Development

Friday 27th November
Online
Free

Tree Charter Festival 2020

Saturday 28th November
Online
Free

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Putting Community Wellbeing at the Heart of Community Planning

Monday 30th November
Online
Free

     
 

European Week – Waste Reduction 23 October 2020

The European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) is the biggest campaign to raise awareness about waste prevention in Europe. Driven by local and regional public authorities, we bring together all sorts of other actors — citizens, schools, businesses, NGOs, associations — who organise activities to raise awareness about waste reduction.

The Week, as we otherwise call it, is just that — a week in November; normally the penultimate or last week of the month. What makes it special are the efforts and passion invested by the thousands and thousands of volunteers who spread the word about sustainable consumption and circular economy in their communities.

What are the EWWR’s objectives?

  • to raise awareness about waste reduction, product reuse and material recycling strategies, and related European Union and Member States policies,
  • to highlight the work accomplished by EWWR participants,
  • to mobilise and encourage European citizens to concentrate on four key action themes,
  • to reinforce EWWR stakeholders’ capacities by providing them with targeted communication tools and training.

Our message: 3Rs…

The actions carried out under the EWWR address the 3Rs: Reducing waste, Reusing products, Recycling materials — in this order. These are the main Rs (though there are many others) to have in mind when reevaluating consumption habits.It is no coincidence that the 3Rs are at the top of the waste hierarchy, because the EWWR bases its activity precisely on this hierarchy. In practice, this is how the waste hierarchy should inform personal (or organisational) decisions:

Reduce: ask yourselves whether you really need the goods you are about to buy before buying them. That also goes for the packaging in which some products come as well. Can you perhaps repurpose things or borrow from a friend or fix broken objects or share a neighbour’s tools? If the answer is yes, then you can — and should — REDUCE.

Reuse: this is the part where conscientious consumers can really make the difference. Swap single–use items for reusable ones in every area of your life! That’s the case not only for plastic, but for all other single–use items and products! Convince your employer, classmates, family, friends, or neighbours to do the same!

Recycling: is better than landfilling, but it’s not our preferred option. Why? If you need to recycle something, it means that you’re already generating waste. If you’re serious about reusing and reducing, recycling should only constitute a small part of your efforts.

…and a clean–up

Unfortunately, littering continues to affect our cities and nature. In order to counteract its adverse effects, the EWWR encourages participants to educate their peers about waste prevention; and to clean up those areas where littering is impeding the well functioning of natural and human habitats. Learn about Let’s Clean Up Europe.

Find out more at https://ewwr.eu/