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A festival of events to make life better whilst protecting the planet.

We've got lots of events taking place and they are all FREE to attend. (Some need pre-booking so head to the tickets section to reserve your place.)

family events / music / talks / guided walks / food - harvesting & cooking / cinema / poetry / cycle rides / tree planting/ debates / workshops / sustainable fashion / repair cafe / art/ books /

 

 

ON YER BIKE
MUSIC FESTIVAL
featuring BEZ

 

Our amazing pedal powered, zero carbon music event is taking place in Bank Square on 23 October between 1pm and 5.30pm.  With special guest Bez from the Happy Mondays and a host of fantastic local bands come and join us for an afternoon of pedal powered music using bike generators from Reaction Bike Power.  Fancy pedalling?  You can join in!  The power meter shows the audience how much power there is and when it's time to step up and do your bit.
 

Here's the line up:
1-2pm                Wilmslow High School
2-2.30pm           The Recliners
2.30-3pm           Bez Q&A
3-3.30pm           Blacksheeplad
3.30-4pm           Joel Lee Gardner
4-4.30pm           12 Bar Brawl
4.30pm-5.30pm  Bez DJ Set

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Why Festival of Nature?

COP 26 is taking place in October and we want to highlight what we can all do to help the planet as this important conference takes place.  We want to celebrate where we live and what we have and help to preserve it for future generations.

What is COP26?

The UK is hosting the UN climate change summit from 31 October to 12 November this year, in Glasgow. This international meeting,  known as COP26,  is widely believed to be the world’s last best chance to stop runaway climate change. In Paris in 2015, the world’s governments agreed to work together to limit global heating certainly by 2 degrees, and ideally by 1.5. The commitment to aim for 1.5 degrees is vital; even fractions of a degree mean more lives and livelihoods lost because of global heating. At COP meetings, governments from across the globe agree on targets for the future, with the aim of reducing greenhouse gases and protecting the planet. These decisions affect people all over the globe; they help us all work together to become greener and more sustainable. We need not only to reduce carbon emissions but to get to a stage where we absorb more carbon than we produce; this is what “net zero” means. We all have our part to play, by demonstrating to our political leaders that we do want them to be bold in combatting climate change, and that we can make our own contribution so that future generations, looking back, will thank us. More information at https://ukcop26.org and at  https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/discover/science/nature/what-is-cop26-glasgow/

What can I do to help the planet?

  • What can we do about climate change at home, at work or at school? 

  • Use the car less: get on your bike or walk and encourage your family to do the same. 

  • Think about an e-bike in place of using the car if you need to travel further than you can cycle, or use public transport. 

  • Buy less. Save money by making your own, reusing, fixing things, borrowing or hiring. 

  • Eat for the planet. Reduce your meat and dairy intake and eat more plants! Try “meat free Monday” for a start. 

  • Get growing: support biodiversity and get mentally and physically fit by growing plants, fruit and veg; if you don’t have a garden consider volunteering at a Community Garden. 

  • Reduce the amount you fly. 

  • Think about the impact of the way you live your life on future generations. 

  • Insulate your homes, seal tight and ventilate right.  You can also dial your thermostat down a degree or two.

  • Take a look at the graphic below which explains things simply and clearly.

Get Involved - we need you!

We would love you to get involved in the festival.

Can you help us to promote it to your friends and family?

 

Would you like to be a volunteer or marshall at one of our events?  Our cycling and music events would welcome support.

 

Maybe you'd just like to find out more about the festival and the groups involved.  You can email us at Wilmslownaturefestival@gmail.com

 
We really like this graphic from Imperial College and the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment - thanks to them for letting us use it.
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RESERVE YOUR PLACE

  • TALK Common Ground: The Nature of Wilmslow's Countryside with Professor John Handley
    13 Oct, 19:30
    Wilmslow, Chapel Ln, Wilmslow SK9 1PR, UK
  • WALK Wilmslow's Natural Landscape with Professor John Handley
    16 Oct, 11:00
    Wilmslow Parish Hall, Wilmslow Parish Hall, Cliff Rd, Wilmslow SK9 4AA, UK
    Wilmslow and its surrounding countryside is among the most diverse places in the county. This circular walk from Wilmslow Parish Hall is intended to illustrate that, taking in flood plain forest, ancient broad-leaved woodland, grasslands, fen, heath and moss.
  • WALK Deep Time Walk with Professors Christopher Jackson and Ernie Rutter
    17 Oct, 14:30
    Rotherwood Road, Rotherwood Rd, Wilmslow SK9, UK
  • TALK We are all in this together: Climate Change in Low Income Countries with Dr Admos Chimhowu
    20 Oct, 19:30
    United Reformed Church, Chapel Ln, Wilmslow SK9 1PR, UK
  • WALK Paths and Places with Transition Wilmslow and Wilmslow Civic Trust
    23 Oct, 10:30
    Fulshaw Cross, Wilmslow, Fulshaw Gate, Alderley Rd, Wilmslow SK9 1PZ, UK
    A walk along Wilmslow's Green Links to explore Wilmslow's Open Spaces and Sites of Interest - Fulshaw Cross to The Carrs.
  • WALK Poetry Walk on Lindow Moss with Anthony Jones and Estelle Price
    Sun, 24 Oct
    Rotherwood Road, Opposite Dan's DIY
    24 Oct, 14:30
    Rotherwood Road, Opposite Dan's DIY, Rotherwood Rd, Wilmslow SK9, UK
    A 2-3 hour walk around Lindow Moss interspersed with poetry readings and information about the ecology and unique history of the moss.
  • CINEMA The Lorax
    Mon, 25 Oct
    Wilmslow
    25 Oct, 12:00
    Wilmslow, 23 Alderley Rd, Wilmslow SK9 1HY, UK
    The forest-dwelling Lorax has to stop the short-sighted Once-ler from ruining the environment for profit in this adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic.
  • CINEMA The Day After Tomorrow
    25 Oct, 18:00
    Wilmslow, 23 Alderley Rd, Wilmslow SK9 1HY, UK
    Jack Hall, paleoclimatologist, must make a daring trek from Washington, D.C. to New York City to reach his son, trapped in the cross-hairs of a sudden international storm which plunges the planet into a new Ice Age.
  • CINEMA The Lorax (1)
    Tue, 26 Oct
    Wilmslow
    26 Oct, 11:15
    Wilmslow, 23 Alderley Rd, Wilmslow SK9 1HY, UK
    The forest-dwelling Lorax has to stop the short-sighted Once-ler from ruining the environment for profit in this adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic.
  • TALK Lost in the Bog.  Peatlands Past, Present and Future with Professor Ian Rotherham
    27 Oct, 19:30
    Wilmslow, Chapel Ln, Wilmslow SK9 1PR, UK
  • WALK Family guided walk on Lindow Moss with Professor John Handley
    28 Oct, 13:30
    Lindow Primary School, Upcast Ln, Alderley Edge, Wilmslow SK9 6EH, UK
    A guided walk through open countryside to explore the history and ecology of the Lindow Moss landscape, to include the prospects for restoration of he cutover peat bog at Lindow Moss and the story of the discovery of Lindow Man, an almost intact Iron Age bog body.
  • TREE PLANTING Family Tree Planting session at Quarry Bank Mill
    29 Oct, 10:00 – 15:00
    Quarry Bank Mill, Styal Rd, Styal, Wilmslow SK9 4LA, UK
    There’s so much to be gained from a day out together volunteering in the fresh air at Quarry Bank. Come and join us as we help the plant trees on the estate.
  • E-BIKE RIDES
    Multiple Dates
    Fri, 29 Oct
    The Electric Bike Shop
    29 Oct, 13:30 – 14:30
    The Electric Bike Shop, 18 Alderley Rd, Wilmslow SK9 1JX, UK
    Come test out an ebike to see if you enjoy it as much as we do!
  • Oakenclough Community Garden Open Day
    Sat, 30 Oct
    Oakenclough Community Garden
    30 Oct, 11:00 – 16:00
    Oakenclough Community Garden, Colshaw Dr, Wilmslow SK9 2PZ, UK
    Come and find out more about how we grow food for the community (and how you can join in), enjoy free wellbeing sessions, press apples, learn to make compost and more.
  • CYCLE Oakenclough Open Day accompanied ride
    Sat, 30 Oct
    Meet at The Carrs Car Park
    30 Oct, 11:00 – 31 Oct, 14:30
    Meet at The Carrs Car Park, Chancel Ln, Wilmslow SK9 4AA, UK
    We will ride with you down to the Open Day at Oakenclough Community Garden and bring you back again
  • Family Ride around Green Routes
    Sun, 31 Oct
    Bank Square, Wilmslow
    31 Oct, 10:00
    Bank Square, Wilmslow, Wilmslow SK9 1DU, UK
    A ride to explore some of the green routes around Wilmslow - suitable for families. All under 18s need to be accompanied by an adult.
  • CYCLE RIDE Nether Alderley ride with stop for lunch
    Sun, 31 Oct
    Meet at and return to Leisure Centre
    31 Oct, 12:00 – 16:15
    Meet at and return to Leisure Centre , Station Rd, Rectory Fields, Wilmslow SK9 1BU, UK
    An accompanied ride showcasing the new bike paths up to Nether Alderley, with a stop for lunch at Alderley Park.
  • Pumpkin Trail on Chapel Lane
    Sun, 31 Oct
    Chapel Lane
    31 Oct, 17:00
    Chapel Lane, Chapel Ln, Wilmslow SK9, UK
    Put on your halloween costumes and come and enjoy the pumpkin trail along Chapel Lane, with stalls, food and local dance groups.
 

Book List 

Here's a list of books suggested by the team.  Wilmslow Library will also be hosting a display around the subject where many of these books will be available to borrow. If you have any suggestions for us to add to the list please email us and let us know.

Flight Behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver

Good story, good writing, good science. A great novel from one of my favourite authors linking the uncertain future of the monarch butterfly with its extraordinary life-cycle to the equally uncertain future for those living in a poor and remote part of rural America. Compelling. (BJT)

The Overstory by Richard Powers

Written with passion, understanding and knowledge, this novel revolves around the lives of

a handful of people from diverse backgrounds who come to love, protect and work for the

survival of trees, including the most majestic on our planet. I learnt new things about trees,

new things about people and new things about the importance of trees to our climate.

Absorbing. (BJT)

How Bad Are Bananas by Mike Berners Lee

When I want to know the carbon cost of my actions – from meal to meal, day to day, birth

to death – then this is the book I come to first. 0.5g CO2 for a Google search; 1 te CO2 for a

new hip; millions of tons last year from Bitcoin activities. I browse and always find

something new, unexpected and telling. (BJT)

Climate Smart Food by Dave Reay

We should think about food as a lot of greenhouse gas emissions are food related. Dave

Reay explores this problem by looking at one day in his life from a healthy breakfast to a 

light celebration dinner – fish and chips and champagne. Informative, fun and something we

could try out ourselves. (BJT)

What We Need to Do Now for a Zero Carbon Future by Chris Goodall

Is net-zero possible for the UK? Is there hope? Chris argues yes, describing a route we could

take to electrify everything using renewable sources and creating storage (including

hydrogen) for reliability and backup. A possible way forward. I was sufficiently enthused that

I sent a copy to my MP. (BJT)

There is no Planet B by Mike Berners Lee

Top notch treatment of timely topics (consumerism et al) and packed with ideas and insights about how we can all enact and embody change. It's also a great read - the author makes every page count. Despite academic rigour, the only 'big word' used is the Anthropocene - the rest is plain talk, key facts and clear calls to action. I particularly liked the audio book. Teo Barrault (Young climate activist)

 

The title says it all. A look at what we are doing, where we are now, where we are headed

and how it needs to change. If you are in a hurry start with the 14 point appendix on Climate

Change Basics – something every politician should know. (BJT)

No-one is too small to make a difference by Greta Thunberg

If her life-story was fiction I would not credit it. But it is not. She speaks, unflinchingly, for

her generation who will grow up into a changed world shaped by the short-term thinking of

previous generations. A book for everyone. (BJT)

How to avoid a Climate Disaster by Bill Gates

The view from a wealthy philanthropist. He does not hide from or minimise the problem -

the first chapter title is “From 51 billion to zero”. He emphasises the urgency for action. He

believes it can be done by improving some current technologies along with new ones we

must develop. He is optimistic. A shame the book is so expensive (BJT)

Climate Change - A Short Introduction by Mark Maslin

A compact but clear account of climate change, readable and understandable for both

scientists and non-scientists. The evidence, the modelling, the impacts, the uncertainties are

all described. A great starting point for serious thought about this issue. (BJT)

Our Final Warning: Six Degrees of Climate Emergency by Mark Lynas

We know what one degree of warming is like – the here and now. Business as usual without

big changes in our emissions is predicted to lead to a rise of 4 – 6 oC in global average

temperature. Take a look at what each degree rise means. Even with uncertainties I think

we will prefer to make those big changes. (BJT)

Diary of a Young Naturalist by Dara McAnulty

This book incredibly was written by a 15 year old, who documented the nature around him as the year turned. There is writing here that could be Seamus Heaney (“our family are as close as otters”) and he has deservedly won a clutch of prestigious prizes including the 2020 Wainwright prize for Nature Writing. (PTJ)

Underland by Robert MacFarlane

Tales of the Underland rarely end well…but in this book, with stunningly beautiful and lyrical prose, we accompany MacFarlane as he squeezes past fallen boulders in tunnels beneath the Mendips, abseils into a huge cavern to find a buried river in Italy and navigates through the tunnels of the Paris Catacombs, adventures which even as a reader make your mouth go dry and your heart beat faster. But more terrifying than that are his premonitions of the journey into darkness that we are all on together, as the climatic consequences of human induced climate change appear beyond reversal. Unforgettable.  (PTJ)

Food and Climate Change Without The Hot Air by Sarah Bridle

We should all be grateful to Prof Bridle for pausing her career in astrophysics researching dark energy for bringing her skills and expertise to gain understanding of the impact and role of food choices and production upon the climate problem. With striking parallels to David MacKay’s book on Sustainable Energy she explains and illuminates the climate costs and consequences of our choices and shows us the options. It is available as a free ebook courtesy of the University of Manchester. It is a recommended read before doing the food shopping. (BJT)

The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson

The latest climate change science fiction by this outstanding writer. Starting with a devastating heat event in India the story describes a global response that explores and fights for a solution against a background of further events, outright resistance, imaginative technical challenges and societal change. If you like this try his trio “Science in the capital” and New York 2140. (BJT)

Sustainable Energy Without the Hot Air by David MacKay

To the academic, David MacKay FRS was a physicist and mathematician, Regius Professor of Engineering at the University of Cambridge. For everyone he was a beacon of truth, clarity and guidance on the subject of sustainable energy. His book, published in 2008, was straight talking, twaddle free and relied on numbers, not adjectives. It is available as a free PDF. He was forthright, for example on page 114, “If everyone does a little, we’ll only achieve a little”. We mourn his early death in 2016, aged 49. He still inspires. (BJT)

The Wall by John Lanchester

Is this Great Britain’s fate?  Bombarded by the effects of climate change and by refugees with Defenders inside the Wall and the Others outside. A gripping, well-written story by an author who can cover a topic in fiction and non-fiction as he did in his books “Capital” and “I.O.U: Why everyone owes everyone and no one can pay” for the financial crises of 2008. (BJT)

A Farewell to Ice - A Report from The Arctic by Peter Wadhams

The President of the Royal Society writes: Peter Wadhams brings huge expertise to his subject and he is an excellent writer. He explains why the fate of Arctic ice is crucial for the world’s climate and clarifies the controversies and complexities that confront scientists and policy makers. A fascinating book. (Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal, President of the Royal Society 2005-2010)

Drawdown – the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming. Paul Hawken (ed.)

One hundred possible ways of making a difference to the rising GHG levels, rising sea levels and rising temperatures. Covers food, energy, buildings and cities, land use, transport and materials. The Coming Attractions section looks at some of the more outlandish ideas. Every section headlines the monetary costs and savings and the possible CO2 reduction. You are likely to find something new here. (BJT)

The Lorax by Dr Seuss

A typically imaginative Dr Seuss story, first published in 1971, telling the tale of the destruction of the Truffula Trees to meet our Thneeds. Definitely a book for grown-ups – not so sure about children. Ahead of its time. (BJT

This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein

The problems - climate change, plus everything that is changing as a result, plus the increasing toxicity of the planet - can no longer be denied. This is a conversation that needs to happen on a large scale, and on a local scale, and on a personal scale, very soon -- Margaret Atwood.  Naomi Klein applies her fine, fierce, and meticulous mind to the greatest, most urgent questions of our times - Arundhati Roy

The uninhabitable earth – a story of the future by David Wallace-Wells

A chilling account of how we are changing our planet at an unprecedented pace and the likely consequences. In Elements of Chaos the individual effects are described with their possible combinations; in the Climate Kaleidoscope comes history, politics and ethics. Reviews describe it as clear, engaging, potent, evocative, forceful, imaginative and more. (BJT)

Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore by Elizabeth Rush

As high tide and massive storms become the new normal, those at the coasts, especially those with lower incomes, will be most at risk of flooding and all that comes with it. At stake are not just coastlines; entire communities stand to lose their homes and lifestyles to climate change, becoming the first of many climate refugees. The question is not a matter of if but when we lose these lands, and Rush explores how we cope with this knowledge.  (Brandon Pytel, in the Earthday list of 13 musts)

The Sixth Extinction: an unnatural history by Elizabeth Kolbert

In her timely, meticulously researched and well-written book, Kolbert combines scientific analysis and personal narratives to explain it to us. The result is a clear and comprehensive history of earth's previous mass extinctions.  Kolbert's extensive travels in researching this book, and her insightful treatment of both the history and the science all combine to make The Sixth Extinction an invaluable contribution to our understanding of present circumstances, just as the paradigm shift she calls for is sorely needed.  (Al Gore, New York Times)

Don't Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change by George Marshall 

Why is our response to climate change so woeful? George Marshall explores how we make choices to act or ignore. And when it comes to climate change, it’s usually the latter. Climate change is a “wicked problem,” Marshall writes, a complicated challenge with no clear enemy and no silver-bullet solution. To tackle this problem and mobilize action, “Don’t Even Think About It” argues we need science, but just as importantly, we need emotional, compelling narratives. (Nick Nuttall in the Earthday list of 13 musts)

Where The Water Goes: life and death along the Colorado river by David Owen

The Colorado River provides water for nearly 40 million people, but with climate change and booming populations, this river’s tap is close to running dry. David Owen takes us on a journey down this prized waterway, from the snowmelt atop the Rocky Mountains to the dried-up deserts of Mexico. After nearly a century of division by lawyers and politicians, overuse by farmers and cities and redirection by engineers and bureaucrats, the Colorado River’s resilience is waning. We’ve created this mess, but we can also pull ourselves out of it, Owen argues, before the tap runs completely dry.  (Brandon Pytel, in the Earthday list of 13 musts)

Merchants of Doubt by Naomi Oreskes, Erik M. Conway

The authors draw a direct line between the tobacco industry’s initial response to secondhand smoke and our contemporary way of thinking about science, specifically global warming. As the books explains, a few industry-backed scientists led a coordinated campaign to cast doubt on science: Cherry-picking facts, misrepresenting views and celebrating unregulated capitalism as inherently American. It’s a common theme in our history and one that is still playing out today: Thanks to a few very powerful people, facts have been misconstrued and the public misguided in favour of unregulated, corporate-friendly ventures. Meanwhile, global warming has accelerated and so, too, has our own doubt about it. (Brandon Pytel, in the Earthday list of 13 musts)

Doughnut economics: Seven ways to think like a 21st century economist by Kate Raworth

There are some really important economic and political thinkers around at the moment – such as Kate Raworth's Doughnut Economics . . . I get the sense that a major period of new thinking and political creativity is coming. Andrew Marr, The Guardian

How did we get into this mess? by George Monbiot

Written by a leading political and environmental commentator on where we have gone wrong, and what to do about it. “George Monbiot is always original—both in the intelligence of his opinions and the depth and rigour of his research.” – Brian Eno

Net Zero – how we stop causing climate change, Dieter Helm

In his introduction Dieter Helm says “I thought I had finished writing about climate change with my two (previous) books on the subject”. But as no serious progress has been made on the fundamental problems he returns. Like his earlier books he is blunt and hard hitting. We need to get to net zero carbon consumption and the principles must be the polluter pays, there is provision of public goods and the net environmental gain compensation principle should apply. All this is spelt out clearly, in detail and in understandable language. (BJT)

The 2084 report: an oral history of the great warming, James Lawrence Powell

An imaginative piece of science fiction where, in 2084, a reporter interviews many participants and last survivors of the dramatic and different global events caused by climate change. There have been droughts and fires, flooding and mass emigrations, sea level rises and loss of cities, wars, melting of the ice caps, glaciers and permafrost, and social and political change. The question raised in the final interview is “could it have been stopped”. Truly a question for now. (BJT)

The Bolds go Green by Julian Clary

The Bolds have decided to do their bit for the planet and go green. They're reducing, reusing and recycling as much as they can. Not all of their eco-friendly ideas are welcome, though - especially when it comes to 'watering' the neighbours' front garden with wee . . .An eventful trip to the charity shop leads to a new rescue adventure for the Bold family, and an old friend returns with an unexpected list of demands. Can the Bolds keep their cool as temperatures rise? (LJ)

 
 

Our Sponsors

Our sponsors have helped to ensure that this event is FREE to all and we're very grateful for their support.  To find out more about any of our sponsors, click on their logo.  If you'd like to be part of our festival please contact wilmslownaturefestival@gmail.com.

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