People are being encouraged to help make County Durham a cleaner, more sustainable place to live as the area prepares to mark World Environment Day on Monday.
World Environment Day is held across the globe, raising awareness and encouraging people to get involved in tackling environmental issues.
The County Durham Environment Partnership, which includes Durham County Council, is supporting the day by organising a series of events which will help people get involved from Saturday, 3 to Wednesday, June 7. It is hoped that, as well as these events, communities across the county will use the day as a catalyst for change no matter how small it all helps.
On Saturday 3 June, the Climate Change Partnership and students from Durham University will join forces to host an event looking at how climate change is affecting the physical and social aspects of the Arctic region.
It will include a high quality exhibition of ongoing Arctic research, videos exploring problems in the Arctic, and a discussion panel with several specialist speakers.
Both the exhibition and discussion are open to the public free of charge and take place at the university’s geography department on South Road. The exhibition runs from 1pm to 3:30pm and the discussion from 4pm to 5.30pm. Tickets for the discussion should be booked at www.eventbrite.com.
On Sunday, June 4, ‘Beach Blitz’ litter picks will be carried out at Crimdon and North Gare, Seaton Carew from 3pm to 4pm.
- Crimdon – meet at the stepped access point onto the beach at 3pm.
- North Gare – meet at North Gare car park at 3pm.
Litter pickers and bags will be provided. Participants should bring their own gloves.
On Monday, June 5, the council’s strategic waste team will be at Asda Peterlee on between 1pm and 4pm holding a World Environment Day roadshow.
Members of the public can also pick up a free reusable cotton shopping bag (limited availability).
On Wednesday, June 7, Growing Durham is celebrating World Environment Day with a community event at Laurel Avenue Children’s Centre in Gilesgate between 11am and 2pm. There will be lots of family-friendly activities in The Woodlands-based centre’s new community garden to help people connect with nature, including making insect hotels, sowing seeds, decorating plant pots and exploring the site’s willow dragon.
Oliver Sherratt, interim Chair of County Durham Environment Partnership, said: “World Environment Day is an excellent way to not only raise awareness of environmental issues but also encourage the public to come together and make a difference. The activities and events we are supporting provide them with the perfect opportunity to do so.”
People are also reminded that the County Durham Environment Awards are open for entry from 5 June to coincide with World Environment Day. The County Durham Environment Partnership runs the awards to recognise and reward the green achievements of individuals, businesses, community organisations and schools.