Great Big Green Week: WWF urge government to keep climate promises

© Chris Ratcliffe/WWF-UK Great Big Green Week

Today marks the start of Great Big Green Week, which will see communities come together across the UK to celebrate action on the climate emergency, and call on the government to keep their climate promises, for the sake of people, nature and planet.

With nature in free fall and the climate in crisis, the clock is ticking for the planet – our one shared home. In this milestone year for environmental action, it’s fantastic to see thousands of people across the UK taking positive action during the Great Big Green Week. It’s hoped that this programme of community-led events will put a spotlight on our government, which urgently needs to deliver on every climate promise it has made.

As host of the crucial Cop26 climate summit, our country must now match its ambition with action. We won’t forget the government’s climate promises and, together with our supporters, we will hold government to account for delivering on them.

To mark the launch of Great Big Green Week we at WWF have collated some images illustrating both how UK communities are united in the fight against the climate crisis, and why this is a fight that unites us all. People, landscapes and wildlife across the UK are already feeling the impacts of the climate emergency, and so the UK public are raising their voices on the need for urgent political action.

Future generations deserve a safer climate. We won’t forget who steps up to the greatest challenge we’ve ever faced. And we won’t forget who shrinks from the test.

How the UK is impacted by the climate crisis

A mute swan paddles through plastic in Manchester. Plastic pollution is one of the most visible signs of the climate and nature crisis. Many waterbirds are dying as a result of pollution – whether microplastics or toxic algae due to rising temperatures (Sam Hobson/WWF-UK) Elizabeth, six, left, and Mali, eight, watch the tide coming in on the Thames; as global sea levels rise, cities on coasts and tidal rivers will be first to feel the effects of increased flooding and will take the worst of the impacts (Britta Jaschinski/WWF-UK) Many species and habitats are at risk if we do not limit warming to the 1.5C target set out in the Paris Agreement  (Wild Wonders of Europe/Pal Hermansen/WWF ) A dried up river bed in Hertfordshire. The UK heatwaves in 2018 were made 30 times more likely by the climate emergency, and led to 8,500 heat-related deaths in the UK (Jiri Rezac/WWF-UK) Many bee species are declining across the UK. Much of this is due to a reduction in the flowers they feed on, but the climate emergency is also playing a part, as parasites that attack the bees are becoming more common with the milder winters (Global Warming Images/WWF ) The climate crisis makes extreme weather events, such as heatwaves, hurricanes and floods, both more likely and more frequent. Here, flooded cars are pictured on Cockermouth Main Street (Global Warming Images/WWF)

The Great Big Green Week has been organised by The Climate Coalition, of which WWF is a member. The coalition is the UK’s largest group of people dedicated to action against the climate emergency, and members comprise more than 100 organisations. Thousands of people have signed up to get involved in hundreds of events; more than 3,000 events are planned to celebrate how communities are taking action to tackle the climate crisis and nature loss.

For more information on Great Big Green Week events go to Great Big Green Week. The Great Big Green Week is Climate Fringe Week in Scotland

From news to politics, travel to sport, culture to climate – The Independent has a host of free newsletters to suit your interests. To find the stories you want to read, and more, in your inbox, click here.

Internet Explorer Channel Network
News Related


Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he's concerned the GOP is becoming too 'balkanized' to win national elections: book

© Drew Angerer/Getty Images Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan. Drew Angerer/Getty Images Gov. Larry Hogan is concerned that the GOP is becoming too “balkanized” to win national elections. “I want to ... Read more »

Meghan McCain says she left ‘The View' because of hostility from Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar

© Getty Images GettyImages-1185922992.jpg Meghan McCain is getting candid about the real reason she decided to quit The View — and it has everything to do with Joy Behar and ... Read more »

€4bn in funding to be unveiled tomorrow will support viable farm incomes

€4 billion in multi-annual funding will be announced tomorrow to support farmers and the agricultural sector. The tranche of cash will come under the Pillar 2 supports of the Common ... Read more »

Husband Arrested in Missing Calif. Mom Maya Millete's Disappearance: 'It's Not Sinking in Yet,' Says Family

Larry Milette, the husband of missing California mother May “Maya” Millete, has been arrested in his wife’s disappearance, PEOPLE confirms. © Provided by People Facebook Maya “May” Millete On Tuesday ... Read more »

How to watch the PGL Stockholm Major

The wait is nearly over, CS:GO fans. The PGL Stockholm Major, the first Valve-sponsored tournament since 2019, will run from Oct. 26 to Nov. 7. Some of the best teams ... Read more »

VALORANT players can destroy door on Breeze with Cypher's Spy Cam

© Provided by Dot Esports A VALORANT player discovered a way to destroy a door on Breeze by placing Cypher’s Spy Cam directly above it.  Breeze is one of the ... Read more »

‘We will follow the contempt effort': Jan 6 chairman warns Trump aides avoiding subpoenas before Bannon vote

© Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved Capitol Breach Committee Explainer – Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved The chairman of the committee responsible for investigating ... Read more »

Mother arrested over disappearance of son

© New Hampshire Department of Justice Missing boy Elijah Lewis – New Hampshire Department of Justice The mother of a missing 5-year-old has been arrested along with a man and ... Read more »

Video captures moment New York deliveryman was stabbed to death for his bike

© NYPD Crimestoppers Screen Shot 2021-10-19 at 3.14.01 PM.png Surveillance footage released by New York police captures the moment a Grubhub food deliveryman was stabbed to death by an assailant ... Read more »

CN profit surges to $1.69 billion in Q3 with KCS break fee; CEO retiring

MONTREAL — Canadian National Railway Co.’s embattled CEO is retiring in the new year, the railway says as it reported earning $1.685 billion in the third quarter, thanks in part ... Read more »

Angelina Jolie's daughter, Zahara, just wore her mum's 2014 Oscars dress

Photo credit: Getty Images We love a mother-daughter twinning moment, but Angelina Jolie and her daughter Zahara's recent fashion parallel has got to be one of our all-time favourites. Overnight, ... Read more »

Your guide to what a full moon means spiritually and in astrology

A full Harvest Moon graces Midtown Manhattan in September 2021. Getty Images Get hyped to howl, folks — the full moon is upon us. For as long as human beings ... Read more »

Manchin opposes carbon tax in Dem spending bill, as negotiations continue

Sen. Joe Manchin made it clear he does not want a carbon tax included in the Democrats‘ social spending plan on Oct. 19, 2021. Bloomberg via Getty Images Sen. Joe ... Read more »

Political correctness ‘paralysing' fight against Islamic extremism, report warns

POLITICAL correctness is “paralysing” the fight against Islamic jihadis, a report has warned. Extremists on the far right are much more likely to get help to change their ways. Ali ... Read more »

Bake Off viewers break down in tears as vegan baker Freya is axed from the tent

GREAT British Bake Off viewers were left in tears tonight after vegan baker Freya Cox was sent home. The 19-year-old hopeful was the first vegan to ever enter the GBBO ... Read more »

Rishi's under pressure to balance the books in next week's Budget... Here's 10 cheap and cheerful ways he could put a smile on our faces

© Provided by This Is Money MailOnline logo The nation needs cheering up. Not long after a global health catastrophe, and we are already facing a cost of living crisis ... Read more »

Husband of missing mom-of-three Maya Millete arrested for her murder

© Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo Nine months after California mother May ‘Maya’ Millete vanished without a trace from her home in suburban San Diego, police on Tuesday arrested ... Read more »

State Pension rise - how much YOU could get in changes tomorrow

The State Pension triple lock is a Government policy that has been in place since 2010 and guarantees that the value of the nation’s pensioners increases each year. Due to ... Read more »

The green banks just too good to be true: They claim to grow your savings with a clear conscience - but does their posturing add up?

© Provided by This Is Money MailOnline logo The idea of making money while also saving the planet is appealing to many savers. So it’s no surprise the Duke and ... Read more »

Lionel Messi turns down chance for first PSG hat-trick and Real Madrid have new hero

The Champions League resumed on Tuesday night with no shortage of action in an evening which saw 35 goals fly in across the eight matches. The match of the night ... Read more »

Bait marketing: Consumer ombud issues a warning against an online retail supplier

The consumer ombud has advice for shoppers after receiving hundreds of complaints about an online retailer: always use reputable suppliers, be wary of unrealistically low deals and perform due diligence. ... Read more »

Android 12 vs. Android 11: 3 new things Google's latest OS can do

Android users got a closer look at Google’s newest operating system, Android 12, during Google’s Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro launch event. As of Tuesday, the new OS has ... Read more »

Federal grand jury indicts Nebraska GOP lawmaker

A federal grand jury on Tuesday indicted Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) for allegedly concealing information and making false statements to authorities investigating illegal contributions to his 2016 campaign. © Greg ... Read more »

Could Giants trade RB Saquon Barkley before Nov. 2 deadline?

The New York Giants predictably exercised the fifth-year option attached to the rookie contract for star running back Saquon Barkley this past spring, but plenty has gone wrong for both ... Read more »

Nadine Coyle says she has felt Sarah Harding's ‘presence' since her passing

© Provided by Nadine Coyle has spoken candidly about the recent passing of her dear friend Sarah Harding following her breast cancer diagnosis in 2020. The singer openly discussed ... Read more »

Soccer-Liverpool beat Atletico 3-2 as Griezmann sees red

© Reuters/JUAN MEDINA Champions League – Group B – Atletico Madrid v Liverpool MADRID (Reuters) – Antoine Griezmann scored twice but was sent off for Atletico Madrid as they fell ... Read more »

ProShares' bitcoin futures ETF sees the 2nd-heaviest debut volume on record with 24 million shares traded

© Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images The ProShares Bitcoin Strategy ETF saw big demand when it began trading on Tuesday. More than 24 million shares ... Read more »

Saints designate Kwon Alexander, Marcus Davenport, Tre'Quan Smith for return from IR

© Provided by NBC Sports Wide receiver Michael Thomas isn’t ready to make his return to the Saints lineup, but several other players are moving closer to making it back ... Read more »

Karen Davila trends online as Noli de Castro backs out from the senatorial race

Returning TV Patrol anchor, Karen Davila became a trending topic on Twitter after Noli de Castro withdrew his candidacy for senator on October 13. © Provided by LionhearTV After 11 ... Read more »

Suns GM: No 'Real Negotiations' With Deandre Ayton Regarding Contract Extension

© Provided by Sports Illustrated Deandre Ayton and the Suns weren’t close to agreeing to a contract extension before Monday’s deadline. View the original article to see embedded media. Suns ... Read more »

Liverpool defeat 10-man Atletico in five-goal thriller as Salah delivers again

Mohamed Salah continued his blistering run of form on Tuesday by scoring twice in a 3-2 victory over 10-man Atletico Madrid as Liverpool took charge of Group B in the ... Read more »

Member of Parliament for the Sweden Democrats calls corona vaccine poisonous

A member of the Swedish parliament for the Sweden Democrats, Roger Richtoff, called the corona vaccine “poison,” Swedish Radio P4 reports. In a local Facebook group, Richtoff wrote that “many ... Read more »

Emma Raducanu 'will go through a lot of coaches' after whirlwind breakthrough

Emma Raducanu will go through a series of coaches during her career, Mark Petchey has predicted. The 18-year-old is still looking for a new coach after parting ways with Andrew ... Read more »

Lawyer who represented George Zimmerman arrested for witness tampering in rape case

© Osceola County Sheriff’s Department via WFTV Hal Uhrig being escorted by police officers – Osceola County Sheriff’s Department via WFTV A lawyer who defended George Zimmerman in the Trayvon ... Read more »

Paul Quinn murder: Gardaí urge anyone with information to come forward 14 years after his death

© Alamy Stock Photo GARDAÍ STILL BELIEVE that there are people out there with information about Paul Quinn’s death, ahead of the 14th anniversary of his murder. The 21-year-old, from ... Read more »

Apple is ready to admit it was wrong about the future of laptops

© Image: Apple Ports, ports, glorious ports. There’s plenty to be excited about when it comes to Apple’s new 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros. As well as souped-up Pro and ... Read more »

‘Sydney, we're back': Hamilton makes jubilant return to the Australian stage

Photograph: Don Arnold/WireImage A week of cafe catch-ups, eating out and some horse race at the weekend has been merely a warm-up act for Sydney’s reopening. As hundreds of jubilant ... Read more »

142m households watched Squid Game, Netflix says as it adds 4.4m subscribers

A “mind-boggling” 142m households have watched Netflix’s dystopian thriller Squid Game, the streaming company said on Tuesday. Announcing its latest quarterly results Netflix said it has added 4.4 million subscribers ... Read more »

US marshals inspect DC jail and speak with Jan. 6 inmates

U.S. marshals visited the Washington, D.C., Central Detention Facility Monday and spoke to inmates arrested during the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol following claims of poor treatment, according ... Read more »

Biden signs order creating commissions to improve education for Black U.S. students

FILE PHOTO: Graduates are seen before actor Chadwick Boseman addresses the 150th commencement ceremony at Howard University in Washington WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday signed an ... Read more »