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Events

 

Nov 2021 right left

Island Space @ COP26

Monday 1st November
Online
Free

Carbon Literacy for Small Businesses– Top Management NI

Monday 1st November
Online
Free

Attitudes to planetary stewardship and transformation among G20 countries

Monday 1st November
Queen’s University Belfast – Canada Room and Council Chamber
Free

Smart Energy Conference 2021

Tuesday 2nd November
ICC Belfast
See website for details

Belfast Festival of the Circular Economy / Re(ACT)

Tuesday 2nd November
Multiple events online & in–person
Free

The Power of Water Report Launch

Wednesday 3rd November
Online

Social Enterprise & the Green Economy

Wednesday 3rd November
Hillsborough Castle and Gardens
Free

Mapping the Just Transition in Northern Ireland

Wednesday 3rd November
Queen’s University Belfast – Canada Room and Council Chamber
Free

A local solution to a global problem: community wealth building and climate

Wednesday 3rd November
QUB– Peter Froggatt Centre 0G.007
Free

Universities in the face of a planetary crisis

Thursday 4th November
Queen’s University Belfast – Canada Room and Council Chamber
Free

Heritage: How To? Phase One Launch

Thursday 4th November
Online
Free

BTO Northern Ireland Birdwatchers’ Conference 2021

Friday 5th November
Online
£5 for both days

Empowering Communities to Connect with Peatlands

Saturday 6th November
Multiple locations
Free

COP26 Rally Belfast

Saturday 6th November
Belfast
Free

Webinar on the Rights of Nature

Sunday 7th November
Online
Free

Climate Adaptation Day – ‘Climate and Nature’

Monday 8th November
Online
Free

COP26 – Regional Climate Roadshow

Monday 8th November
Online
Free

Economic and other Benefits of Local Climate Action

Monday 8th November
Queen’s University Belfast – Canada Room
Free

Young Trustees Movement Champion Training

Tuesday 9th November
Online
Free

Local Citizen Climate Action

Tuesday 9th November
Queen’s University Belfast – Canada Room and Council Chamber
Free

National Air Quality News Conference

Wednesday 10th November
Lords Cricket Ground, London
Tickets from £150–£395

Reviving Villages: Sowing the Seeds for a Grassroots Recovery

Wednesday 10th November
Online
Free for HTN members & £5 for non–members

The climate crisis and ensuring a just transition beyond carbon

Wednesday 10th November
QUB– Peter Froggatt Centre 0G.007
Free

LGCAN– All Together Now: Collaboration for Local Climate Action in Northern Ireland

Thursday 11th November
Online/ COP26 Glasgow
Free

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IoD NI & NIE Networks: Green Recovery Forum – How local SMEs are responding to the Climate Change Emergency

Wednesday 17th November
Crowne Plaza Belfast, Belfast
Free– members only

The Rural Communities Conference 2021: Working in Partnership to Improve Local Services

Wednesday 17th November
Online
See website for details

Adapting historic estates to climate change risk

Wednesday 17th November
Online
Free

Mapping the path for Nature’s Recovery in Northern Ireland

Wednesday 17th November
Online
Free

Digital DNA presents Climate X

Wednesday 17th November
W5 Belfast
£75 – £125

Sustainable Fish Cities NI Information Session

Wednesday 17th November
Online
Free

Environmental crisis for trustees

Wednesday 17th November
Online
Free

EU Clean Air Forum

Thursday 18th November
Livestream
Free

The Business of Net Zero

Thursday 18th November
Innovation Factory,385 Springfield Road, Belfast
Free

Shared rights on a shared island: time to acknowledge the rights of nature?

Thursday 18th November
Queen’s Film Theatre
Free

Heritage: How To? Phase Two Launch

Thursday 18th November
Online
Free

HERoNI: The Irish Architectural Archive with Colum O’Riordan

Friday 19th November
Online
Free

Insights and intersections: NI Ethnic Minorities’ and Migrants’ Relations

Friday 19th November
Online
Free

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The National Sustainability Summit

Tuesday 23rd November
RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin
Free

EIT Food North–West– Aquaculture Showcase

Tuesday 23rd November
Online
Free

Climate Change: The People’s Story

Tuesday 23rd November
Online
Free

Green Growth Strategy Public Consultation Session 1

Tuesday 23rd November
Online
Free

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The Chemical Pollution Crisis

Thursday 25th November
Online
Free

Webinar 1: A Bolder Vision for Belfast

Thursday 25th November
Online
Free

George Scott Robertson Memorial Lecture 2021

Thursday 25th November
Online
Free

Streets 4 All Northern Ireland

Thursday 25th November
Online
Free

COP26 Debrief: Global warming – Code Red for Humanity?

Friday 26th November
Online
Free

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European Business & Nature Summit 2021

Tuesday 30th November
Online

    
 

New NbSI–WWF–RSPB Report 5 October 2021

Transform our towns into green jungles to protect homes from extreme weather and boost nature

 

In a new report out today [Thursday 30 September], researchers are calling on UK governments to unleash the power of nature to protect our homes and farmland from floods, droughts and heatwaves, as the UK’s famously mild climate is rapidly becoming a thing of the past due to climate change.

Last month a major UN scientific report issued a “code red for humanity” and warned of increasing heatwaves, droughts and flooding across the planet but said catastrophe can be avoided if world leaders act fast. More than 2,500 deaths were linked to heatwaves in England last year. This summer flash flooding in London submerged London Underground stations in water and forced hospitals to evacuate patients and cancel surgeries.

The report, Nature–based solutions in UK climate adaptation policy, points out the government needs to act much faster on expert advice about how nature can help us adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Nature–based solutions in UK climate adaptation policy, commissioned by the RSPB, WWF and researched by Oxford University’s Nature Based Solutions Initiative, shows how the government could harness the potential of nature and make changes that would directly benefit the quality of life for UK residents, with long term savings for the taxpayer when all costs and benefits are taken into account.

The report shows there are examples all around us of nature protecting us from rising sea levels, flooding, heatwaves and other extreme weather caused by a changing climate. It also says how people’s quality of life could be safeguarded if governments recognised the true value of nature in helping fight and adapt to the very live threat of climate change.

Dr Olly Watts, RSPB Climate Change Policy Officer, said: “Climate change is here – extreme weather is already devastating our homes, our health and our precious wildlife. Yet nature is showing us what to do and how to adapt.

“As our leaders prepare to meet at COP26, we are sending a message that investing in nature restoration will not only help save some of our most iconic and well–loved species – including seahorses, otters, hedgehogs, bats, bees, butterflies, frogs and many farmland, wetland and garden birds – it will benefit people too, cooling our cities during heatwaves, filtering polluted air, protecting our homes and businesses from flooding, and our coastal communities from rising sea levels.”

Isabella O’Dowd, Head of Climate at WWF says; “Nature is our life support system and our greatest ally in tackling the climate crisis. We still have a chance to slow down climate change, restore our planet and provide a safer, healthier future for the next generation, but for this to be achieved it’s critical that the Government keep every climate promise they’ve made, including to drastically cut emissions and restore nature. Ahead of COP, we have to see ministers’ words turn to action with a solid and ambitious climate and nature plan led by public investment.”

Earlier this summer the Met Office and the Climate Change Committee warned extreme weather will only strike the UK more frequently and how we are woefully unprepared for the changes to come with roads already melting and rail network cabling buckling during record heatwaves.

Green walls and roofs are a great example of how to protect both people and wildlife, by using a mix of wildflowers and including insect–friendly features like old logs. They have blossomed in London boroughs where they have been made part of local planning policy; cooling flat–roofed buildings in summer and insulating them in winter, reducing the risk of flooding by soaking up rainwater, filtering air pollution and providing refuges for rare and threatened wildlife including bees, birds, butterflies and beetles.

The report calls on the UK governments to transform our cities and set a new expectation in national planning policy for all flat roofs in new developments to be high quality wildlife–friendly green or solar roofs and set targets to retrofit existing buildings with green roofs.

Read the full report press release and explore the details in the full report.