Join a day of Climate Action at DMU on Friday 20 September


People across the world are gathering on Friday 20 September to call for urgent action on climate change.

DMU supports action on climate change as part of our commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. So we're working with organisations across Leicester to inspire action and to support people who want to get involved by running a series of drop-in workshops. All are free and open to DMU students, staff and members of the public.


You’re also invited to join the climate change rally happening in Leicester city centre from noon.

DMU's Dr Andrew Reeves, who teaches the course "Leading Change for Sustainability", said: "Getting active with others on climate change solutions is a well-evidenced approach to transforming anxiety about the issue into a sense of hope, while also achieving positive changes."

You can attend individual sessions or the whole series of events​ by signing up here.

Here's what is happening during the day: 

8-10am Bikers' Breakfast and Climate Conversations, DMU Food Village

9-9.50am Climate Emergency and DMU, Queens Building 0.07

Find out how staff and students can get involved in responding to the climate challenge.

10-11.40am Lobbying and Banner Making, Queens 0.11

Leicester Friends of the Earth share current campaigns, how you can support and make your own placard.

10-10.50am – Living a Sustainable Lifestyle, Queens 0.07 

Pick up tips on cutting your plastic use and living more sustainably and go home with an action plan. Led by DMU's Gemma Andrews, who is a member of Woodhouse Eaves Plastic-Free group. 

11-11.40am – Introduction to Extinction Rebellion, Queens 0.07

Led by Leicester Extinction Rebellion, this session looks at what the group does and how you can get involved.

11-11.40am – Practical Energy Efficiency, Queens 0.13

Led by DMU's Neil Brown, learn how to save up to 15% of electricity usage by switching off unused devices off – the session will tackle energy use in the Queens Building.

11am to 1pm – Being a Sustainable Student, Hugh Aston Atrium

Part of International Welcome Week.

Noon to 2pm – Leicester Climate Rally, city centre

Meet by the Magazine Gateway at 11.45am to walk to the city centre and join Leicester's Youth Climate Strike, or make your way to the Clock Tower for noon.

1-2pm – DO Mention the Climate – DMU Food Village

Networking lunch and Climate Conversations - discuss your own experiences and share ideas.

2-2.50pm – Drop-in lobbying for climate action, Queens 0.11

Leicester Friends of the Earth share current campaigns and how you can support lobbying actions.

2-2.50pm Understand Your Food Footprint, Queens 0.13

Led by Zina Zelter from the Footpaths Project, a local initiative which helps people cut their carbon footprint.

3-4pm Living a Sustainable Lifestyle, Queens 0.13

Share and discuss the challenges around making sustainable lifestyle choices, pick up tips and create your own action plan.

3-4pm – Stepping Up – Take Action Queens 0.11

Led by Dr Andrew Reeves - how to get started in taking action on climate change or sustainability, through community projects, campaigns, work and more.

4-4.30pm Plans and Pledges, Queens 0.11

Share what you've learned from the day, commit to taking action and highlight projects and events.

The day's events are being developed collaboratively through DMU's role in co-ordinating the 'RCE East Midlands', a Regional Centre of Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development, part of a network of RCEs worldwide. Other events are also taking place across Leicester in the same day, including the rally at noon in Leicester city centre and events hosted by Leicester University. ​

Posted on Monday 16th September 2019

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