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Our press release:
The fourth annual free Earth Day event in St Nicholas Chapel on the Saturday of Easter weekend, 20th April, is both the same and different. This year it is in the middle of the day, 12 noon to 3pm, to draw in Saturday shoppers. There will be an outpost in Broad Street in the centre of town with a penguin and a polar bear. Species under Threat and Climate Change are this year’s twin themes. The event will again feature informative displays and short films, a children’s art competition, refreshments and the ever popular smoothie-making bicycle (plus this year, a free Easter egg hunt!) As usual a range of local groups will be represented, including the Soroptimists and the Gaywood Valley Conservation Group. The event’s organisers, King’s Lynn Climate Concern (KLimate Concern) see local collaboration as vital in the very serious situation that faces our planet and the next generation.
As local councils across the country, including Suffolk County Council and North Norfolk, declare climate emergencies, KLimate Concern is pressing the borough council at the April 11th full council session to work with them and show a real sense of urgency in setting up a Climate Change Liaison Partnership. This is something the borough council had committed to previously.
Daphne Sampson of the KLimate Concern group urges, ‘We absolutely can’t delay any longer. We have a lot of concerned and skilled people in our community. The Tomorrow’s Norfolk, Today’s Challenge report talked about drawing together representatives from industry, transport, retail and education – and that includes pupils, including those involved in the school strikes- to work with councillors to address the challenge of moving to a low carbon economy. I would add others to that list, including representatives of our excellent local environmental groups like the Norfolk Wildlife Trust and of faith communities.
‘We can give people guidance on cutting their personal carbon footprint but in this situation that is not enough by itself. We have to work through local and national government too if we want to be able to continue to celebrate our planet.’