Go green for Glasgow

Francis Sealey from Enfield Climate Action Forum invites residents to get involved with the group’s upcoming green festival

Activists from Enfield Extinction Rebellion stage a protest outside Enfield Civic Centre
Activists from Enfield Extinction Rebellion stage a protest outside Enfield Civic Centre, prior to a meeting at which councillors voted to declare a ‘climate emergency’ (credit Simon Allin, Local Democracy Reporter)

In November, world leaders will be meeting at COP26 in Glasgow to decide the next steps to tackle climate change. If we fail to agree on a climate strategy, the future for our children and grandchildren is bleak.

Enfield Climate Action Forum (EnCaf) is supporting the Climate Coalition’s nationwide festival, during Great Big Green Week in September, to highlight the climate emergency and put pressure on world leaders to act. More than 70 groups in the borough have expressed an interest in being involved, and are keen to come together and make a difference.

EnCaf’s ‘Big Green Climate Festival’ from 18th-26th September, will include activities and events such as litter picking, organised walks in local parks and along the New River, tree planting, bike rides, live theatre and music, organic wine and food tasting, intergenerational discussions on climate change, coffee in a mosque, a youth show reel video, writer’s workshops and poetry, online webinars, and much more!

The festival will also be a chance for local groups to showcase their activities and concerns for a sustainable Enfield. Our three local MPs have agreed to support the festival and we hope they’ll join a meeting to talk about the importance of COP26 and what it must achieve.

On Saturday 25th September, we will be joining the United Reformed Church (URC) to hold a special one-day event at Christ Church URC in Chase Side, with stalls, entertainment and many other activities.

We’re also beginning to get schools involved, to showcase the work they’ve been doing to protect the environment and to express their concern about climate change. Young people from EnCaf Youth will join Enfield Over 50s Forum to discuss how climate change will have an impact across generations.

With just under three months to go until the start of the festival, many organisations are still joining and we hope to have almost 100 different events throughout the week of the festival. You can keep up to date with the events being arranged via our website, and if you or your organisation wants to take part, please let us know via email.

Find out more the Big Green Climate Festival and get in touch with EnCaf:
[email protected]
Visit encaf.org/climatefestival