Plant Consciousness

Time: 11.30am - 12.15pm

Mark has spent time among several indigenous tribal groups all of whom see the Earth in a sacred fashion. Their relationship to the Earth & the plants that populate it is not one of domination but one of reciprocation. Join Mark as he shares his knowledge of how tribal peoples coexist with plants as equals.

 

Urban Invertebrates - An introduction to bees, wasps and insect life of Birmingham

Time: 12:30pm - 1:15pm

We share our towns and cities with some amazing wildlife, hiding away amongst the grass and flowers are around 500 species of solitary Bees and Wasps whose role in pollination and pest control are vital for sustaining a healthy planet. These overlooked creatures have a fascinating ecology which dates back millions of years and are considered to be some of the most important and diverse animals on the planet. This talk will explain about their life cycles and behaviours , as well as how you can be involved in helping to protect and conserve these fragile pollinators from your own back yard.

 

 

How to reduce your plastic waste

Time: 1.30pm - 2.15pm

In our modern lives, plastic is everywhere and only a very small fraction actually gets recycled. Plastic garbage that ends up in landfills and oceans take hundreds of years to degrade, and there’s increasing concern about the toxins they release into the environment.

 

Maybe you’re not ready to break up with plastic altogether, but there are some simple steps you can do which can make a big difference in reducing the amount of disposable plastic in your life. Come and hear from Plastic Free Moseley and Kings Heath who will be providing some top tips for how you can reduce your plastic waste. 

 

 

Local Wildlife Conservation in Action 

Time: 2.30pm - 3.15pm

Want to learn more about the varied wildlife that we have on our doorstep and where and when to see them? In this talk from the Wildlife Trust, you’ll discover just this, whilst also hearing about the work they are doing to help improve green spaces for wildlife in the region.

 

 

Food waste and the environment

Time: 3.30pm - 4.15pm

The Real Junk Food Project (TRJFP) is a collaborative effort to bring about radical change in our food system. It’s a pretty simple idea with huge impact. Levels of global food waste are a disaster for our planet and the people that live on it. Come and find out about the amazing work going on behind the scenes at the local TRJFP  in Birmingham, and what you can do to help.

 

 

Heading to Extinction 

Time: 4.30pm - 5.15pm

We are in the midst of the sixth mass extinction, with about 200 species becoming extinct each day. Humans cannot continue to violate the fundamental laws of nature or of science with impunity. If we continue on our current path, the future for our species is bleak. Therefore, we must work to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2025 to avoid catastrophic climate change and protect the diversity of earth‘s fragile ecosystems. Extinction Rebellion West Midlands will be holding a talk outlining the issues surrounding climate change and biodiversity loss, and how we can use our feelings of despair constructively to overwrite the cycle of ignorance and inactivity present in the policy making sphere.

 

NB - This talk is suitable for ages 16+

 

 

Food Forest Brum

Time: 5.30pm - 6.15pm

Food Forest Brum works with local communities across Birmingham and surrounding areas to create publicly accessible food landscapes, such as orchards and forest gardens. The aim is to connect people within and across communities, support the environment, while providing food for people for years to come and to future generations. Come and find out how they go about doing this, how you can get involved, or how to do something similar in your community. 

 

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