Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 10:00

Free entry for all on a day of positive environmental action

The Eden Project is staging a special event called Make the Change on Friday September 20 to mark the start of global activity around the UN’s Climate Action Summit.

The home of the famous Biomes in Cornwall is opening its doors free of charge on the day, offering itself as a place to convene, connect and collaborate on the escalating climate issues facing the planet.

Visitors will be able to hear from organisations and campaigners who are all taking positive environmental action.

The event takes place on the same day as people are planning to take to the streets for protests across the world and at the start of a week of actions to demand an end to the age of fossil fuels. The UN summit takes place in New York on September 23.

Keynote speaker at Eden will be philosopher Dr Glenn A. Albrecht, author of Earth Emotions: New Words for a New World, a book about the positive and negative emotions humans have with respect to the Earth.

As part of the event, all visitors and staff will be encouraged to travel to and from Eden by zero or low emission transport to cut their carbon footprint. And on the day, everyone will be invited to plant a seed which Eden will grow on.

Eden’s Chief Executive Gordon Seabright said: “We can and need to fight climate change and biodiversity loss and at Eden we are engaged in these global issues every day in so many ways.

“On September 20 we want people to join us in finding new reasons to be hopeful, make new connections, and celebrate the individuals and groups making a difference. Together we’ll be demonstrating what we can all do to Make the Change and help safeguard the future of our planet.”

Make the Change will feature live music, workshops, talks, film screenings and exhibits. Activities will be centred on Eden’s education building, the Core.

Visitors will be able to calculate their carbon footprint and learn how to lower it with drop-in sessions run by mobile app makers Giki.

Present on the day will be a team from Cool Food, offering advice on how to navigate low-carbon eating and drinking.

There will be a screening of the influential film A Plastic Ocean and the producer Jo Ruxton will be on hand to answer any plastic-related questions.

Eden’s Schools Team is proving a special “Climate Response” lesson plan free for any school to download and use. The purpose of the lesson is to support young people to be able to respond confidently to the climate emergency.

The team has also offered to go out to local schools, where possible, to deliver the specially designed lesson, should they be invited by students to do so.

The event on September 20 builds on Eden’s Festival of Hope held in 2015 and 2016 and the 2019 Eden summer programme Earth Story, which focussed on species loss and biodiversity.

Eden has published a series of Make the Change pledges to offer people ways to combat climate change and biodiversity loss -