I found out about this event and asked for more information. Thanks to Minesh I now have a better understanding of what will be happening. It sounds great! Here’s the info: –

Event details: –

Date: 23rd Aug 2008
Time: 10:00 to 16:00
Location: Pinner Memorial Park, Chapel Lane, Pinner, Middlesex HA5 1AA
Cost: free (but car parking charges apply)

Harrow Council is holding its first Climate Change Fair, where you can learn what climate change is, how it will affect us and what we can do about it!

There will be an activities area where many engaging activities will be held, including:

  • Energy Bike, where your pedal power is used to power a light bulb, an MP3 player or a Hi-Fi.
  • Carbon Gym – ‘feel’ how heavy carbon dioxide emissions are by lifting weights.
  • Ecodriving simulator – drive a virtual car and see how you can reduce your emissions.

Council departments will present information on transport, air quality and energy efficiency, and environmental charities and businesses in the energy sector will host stalls. Have a browse around and find out what others are doing to protect the environment and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

When you want a break from learning about carbon emissions, energy saving and global warming, relax with our entertainment. There will be several acts starting at 12:00, including opera, Indian dance, and instrumental jazz and blues.

We also have a couple of other attractions that we hope to present; please check the Events section of www.harrow.gov.uk for updates!

In keeping with the theme of the fair, we encourage you to come by public transport or by low-emission forms of transport. This includes by bus (H11, H12, H13, 183), train (to Pinner Underground station), cycling or walking. Please check your route and service availability before you travel.

The park can be divided into two grassy areas. In one of them, we will provide space for stalls from second parties (businesses and organisations). Also in this area there will also be an entertainment tent, where we plan to have dance and music acts throughout the day for the public’s enjoyment. In the other area, the council-hosted marquees and displays will be held.

I hope this has been helpful; please contact me if you have further questions (contact details are in my signature).

Best regards,
Minesh Mistry.

Mr. Minesh Mistry
Energy Project and Monitoring Officer,
Climate Change and Energy Team.
Direct Telephone: 020 8424 7569
Internal extension: 7569
Email: minesh.mistry@harrow.gov.uk




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Heena Modi · August 7, 2008 at 9:21 am

How can this event be about children and adults learning, having fun, feeling empowered?

Perhaps this video can make this event (The Climate Change fair) more meaningful to you and your children?

Have you seen this video? It’s the summer holidays right? So if you’re bored, you want to keep the kids busy for a few mins or you want to engage them in some thought provoking conversation, please watch this video. It’s less than 10 mins long. It’s on YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZzEswKOfp0

Here’s some more about the video: –

The following information has been written by Viola: –

Severn Suzuki | E.C.O. 1992 | Environmental Children’s Organization

Severn Cullis-Suzuki is one of the world’s most remarkable youth environmental activist, speaker, television host as well as author. With some schoolmates she raised money in 1992, when she was only 12 years of age, to attend the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, where Severn received a standing ovation for a speech to the delegates.

“Hello, I am Severn Suzuki speaking for E.C.O – the Environmental Children’s Organization. We are a group of 12 and 13 year-olds trying to make a difference, Vanessa Suttie, Morgan Geisler, Michelle Quigg and me. We’ve raised all the money to come here ourselves, to come 5,000 miles to tell you adults you must change your ways. Coming up here today, I have no hidden agenda. I am fighting for my future. Losing my future is not like losing an election, or a few points on the stock market.”

“I am here to speak for all generations to come. I am here to speak on behalf of the starving children around the world whose cries go unheard. I am here to speak for the countless animals dying across this planet, because they have nowhere left to go. I am afraid to go out in the sun now, because of the holes in our ozone. I am afraid to breathe the air, because I don’t know what chemicals are in it. I used to go fishing in Vancouver, my home, with my Dad until, just a few years ago, we found a fish full of cancers. And now we hear of animals and plants going extinct every day, vanishing forever. In my life, I have dreamt of seeing the great herds of wild animals, jungles and rainforests full of birds and butterflies, but now I wonder if they will even exist for my children to see.”

“Did you have to worry of these things when you were my age? All this is happening before our eyes and yet we act as if we have all the time we want and all the solutions. I’m only a child and I don’t have all the solutions, but I want you to realize, neither do you. You don’t know how to fix the holes in our ozone layer. You don’t know how to bring the salmon back up a dead stream. You don’t know how to bring back an animal now extinct. And you can’t bring back the forest that once grew where there is now a desert. If you don’t know how to fix it, please stop breaking it.”

“Here you may be delegates of your governments, business people, organizers, reporters or politicians. But, really, you’re mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, aunts and uncles and all of you are someone’s child. I’m only a child, yet I know we are all part of a family, 5 billion strong, in fact 30 million species strong. And borders and governments will never change that. I’m only a child, yet I know we are all in this together and should act as one single world towards one single goal.”

“In my anger, I am not blind and in my fear I am not afraid of telling the world how I feel. In my country we make so much waste, we buy and throw away, buy and throw away, buy and throw away and yet Northern countries will not share with the needy. Even when we have more than enough we are afraid to share, we are afraid to let go of some of our wealth. In Canada , we live the privileged life. We’ve plenty of food, water and shelter. We have watches, bicycles, computers and television sets. The list could go on for 2 days. Two days ago here in Brazil , we were shocked when we spent time with some children living on the streets. This is what one child told us, ‘I wish I was rich and if I were, I would give all the street children food, clothes, medicines, shelter and love and affection’. If a child on the street who has nothing is willing to share, why are we who have everything still so greedy? I can’t stop thinking that these are children my own age, that it makes a tremendous difference where you are born. And that I could be one of those children living in the favelas of Rio . I could be a child starving in Somalia , or a victim of war in the Middle East or a beggar in India . I am only a child, yet I know if all the money spent on war was spent on finding environmental answers ending poverty and in finding treaties, what a wonderful place this earth would be.”

“At school, even in kindergarten, you teach us how to behave in the world. You teach us to not to fight with others, to work things out, to respect others and to clean up our mess, not to hurt other creatures, to share, not be greedy. Then, why do you go out and do the things you tell us not to do? Do not forget why you are attending these conferences, who you are doing this for. We are your own children. You are deciding what kind of a world we are growing up in. Parents should be able to comfort their children by saying ‘Everything is going to be all right, it’s not the end of the world, and we are doing the best we can’. But I don’t think you can say that to us anymore. Are we even on your list of priorities? My dad always says, ‘You are what you do, not what you say’. Well, what you do makes me cry at night. You grown-ups say you love us. But I challenge you, please, make your actions reflect your words. Thank you.”

Amazing right? Can you use this video and script to enthuse your kids, their friends, other people’s kids & adults too?

Let’s all try and do a little. Together it will amount to a lot. 🙂

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