Cop26 inspires KC’s Take Action event 05/11/2021

Take Action: No plan, No planet

Let's Go Green for the Planet!

Kidderminster College had a great week inspiring staff and students to take action on Climate change. KC had the first-UK climate clock on loan from the Greta Thurnberg Institute, the clock was housed in our very own Growbot. As well as our KC Growbot we had our very own cosmic garden floral sculptures as well as art exhibitions from KC students and the local community.

Throughout the week KC had talks from a variety of speakers about the importance of climate change and what we as individuals can do.

“Over the past two weeks, world leaders have been gathered in Glasgow for COP26 – the UN Climate Change Conference – to try and find a global solution to climate change and secure global net-zero by 2050.

Kidderminster College and NCG remains committed to playing our part in tackling this important issue and as you will know, we recently unveiled our Environmental Strategy, which seeks to embed this commitment in everything we do as a Group.

This means we have been able to take a no holds barred look at our environmental outputs and consider how we change what we do in order to achieve our vision to become the most sustainable college group in the UK.

We have already (among other things) set about:

  • Reducing gas and electricity emissions by 50%
  • Reducing staff and student travel emissions by 50%
  • Reducing water usage by 10%
  • Sending no waste at all to landfill
  • Reducing food waste by 50%

We are only just getting started and there is much, much more to do. MAS Lab’s Take Action: No Plan, No Planet exhibition has provided examples of how we as individuals can make small changes to make a big difference in tackling climate change.  Thank you to Kevyn and the rest of MAS Lab team for helping highlight these issues and being ahead of the curve”.

Events of the Week

Monday 1st November

HAIR & BEAUTY
Educate your clients.

Famed organic stylist Shirley Jester visits to share her top tips for planet-friendly hairdressing and beauty.

Tuesday 2nd November

CRISIS OF IMAGINATION
Where nature and culture have become separated. 

MAS LAB and Kidderminster College Creative Industries bring their capacity to imagine to the table.

Wednesday 3rd November

RIVERSIDE HOUSE – A SOCIAL REGENERATION PROJECT
Transforming places can transform people.

Riverside House is a particularly beautiful and ecologically diverse site in the historic heart of Stourbridge. This derelict, early 19th Century, ironworks, was part of a conglomerate that was amongst the largest in the UK. Over the next several years it will be transformed into a heritage centre with gardens, restaurant, crafts shop, woodland and workshops, but also a place where people feel included and bespoke opportunities are provided.

Lloyd Stacey, founder and director of Riverside House, speaks about the transformation of the site so far and the future aims and ambitions of the project including production of exclusively organic foods to supply their planned café, restaurant and locally sourced produce shop.

Thursday 4th November

KIDDERMINSTER COLLEGE GO GREEN DAY
Wear something green!

WYRE FOREST GREEN ALLIANCE
Art and activism.

Dee Edwards and Beth Williams from Wyre Forest Green Alliance explain how the alliance started building a network, doing visionary work in the community and how they will take this into the future with new projects.

KIDDERMINSTER COLLEGE’S KAY PLANT
Building a positive and sustainable college, recognising the challenges we face and embracing the full agenda of development.

Jon Bates

Where nature and culture have become separated. 

Mari Randle

Englands Grey, unpleasant Lands poem

John Penney

Where nature and culture have become separated.