Thirteen is taking part in a nationwide campaign to highlight the need for urgent action on climate change ahead of COP26, the United Nations Climate talks, later this year in Glasgow.
Taking place until 26 September, the climate action campaign known as the Great Big Green Week has seen thousands of people across the UK organising local events to raise awareness of climate change and the impact it is having now.
The campaign aims to raise awareness of climate change and destruction of the natural world, while also making a connection with these issues in communities. Joining other local organisations in Stockton-on-Tees, colleagues took action within the community, to play a part in contributing to the North East England Climate Coalition’s (NEECCo) ambition of becoming England’s Greenest Region.
Thirteen’s environmental team and community resilience team joined with partner organisations including Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, EPIC Teesside CIC, Catalyst Stockton, Nite Lite CIC, Step Forward Tees Valley to talk about climate change and take part in a community litter pick on the Primrose Hill estate in the town.
The community resilience team has been working with customers on the estate and after listening to feedback from customers, the team are working with local partners to focus their activity on the environment and support the growing partnership in the area.
Head of environmental sustainability Sam Granger said: “We’re all seeing the devastating impact of climate change and there’s many ways we can all contribute to reducing our negative impact and influence others to do the same. Education and changing behaviours is vital. Ensuring that we dispose of our rubbish correctly is just one of the things we must all do. Many people would probably think twice if they knew what happened to their litter that’s dropped on the streets or not disposed of correctly. Litter not only makes the estates look untidy; it’s harmful to the environment and costs money. We’re seeing plastic drink bottles, plastic bags, cans, food packaging, chewing gum, food waste and cigarette butts dropped onto the streets. Litter either ends up in landfill or is carried into drains, then into streams, rivers and the sea, causing harm to wildlife. This was a great opportunity to get together with colleagues and connect with customers and partner organisations to talk about this important issue and make a contribution to improving the environment.”
The Great Big Green Week is being organised by The Climate Coalition, the UK’s largest group of people dedicated to action against climate change.