A series of monthly Zoom events leading up to COP 26 in Glasgow

This is a series of monthly Zoom events designed to celebrate and prepare for the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow. These events will cover different climate themes, bringing together experts and examples of best practice to identify the actions needed to achieve a zero carbon society.


27 Feb: Zero Carbon Housing

How can we build more zero carbon homes in Chesterfield and Derbyshire, with Martin Valentine of Positive Homes Ltd and Dave Bradley-Bowles of Pure Haus Ltd.  For a write up and recording of the event and key recommendations click here.

27 March: Zero Carbon Transport

How can we develop a zero carbon transport system in Chesterfield and Derbyshire with Alex Forrest of Sheffield City Region talking about reopening the Barrow Hill rail line to passengers, Matthew Topham of We Own It talking about publicly owned and free buses, and Alastair Meikle of Inclusive Pedals talking about ebikes. Click here for a  write up and recording of the event.

24 April: Zero Carbon Food

How can we reduce the carbon emissions associated with our food system and feed people in a more sustainable way with Gareth Roberts of ShefFood talking about the different elements of a sustainable food system, Dawn Ward talking about the benefits of a plant-based diet, Jane Woodward of Incredible Edible Chesterfield talking about growing food in public places, and Chris Brooks of Inspire Community Garden talking about organic growing. Click here for the flyer, and click here for a write up and recording of the event.

22 May: Educating for Zero Carbon

How can we educate people about climate change and the actions needed for zero carbon? The speakers at this event will talk about how to embed carbon literacy at all stages of education and what we can do collectively and individually to educate for zero carbon, with Fiona Cowan, Head of award-winning climate pioneers Bolsover Infants and Nursery School; Anna and Eleanor Marshall, climate activists from St Mary’s High School; Dr Sian Davies-Vollum, Head of the School of the Built and Natural Environment, and interim Head of the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre at the University of Derby; and Dr Rina Jones, Manager, Local Authorities’ Energy Partnership (LAEP), hosted by Derbyshire County Council.  Click here for a write-up of the event including a link to the recording of the event and a copy of Anna Marshall’s fantastic speech.

26 June: Circular Economy

How can we move from our ‘take-make-dispose’ linear economy to a more sustainable circular economy which minimises resource use and waste? The speakers at this event will talk about an introduction to the topic, packaging recycling, and repairing items and pushing for longer-lasting products. The speakers include Rosemary Horry, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Management, University of Derby; Martin Hyde, Policy Lead, Comply Direct Ltd and Ugo Vallauri, Policy Lead and Co-Founder, The Restart Project

Click here for the flyer.  Click here for the recording. The write-up will be uploaded soon.

31 July: Tree planting, carbon capture and flood prevention

The speakers at this event will talk about how nature based solutions such as tree planting, river management and peatland restoration can capture carbon and minimise the risk of flooding, and how we can help or get involved, followed by Q&A.  The speakers include Gerald Price (The Woodland Trust), Debbie Coldwell (Don Catchment Rivers Trust) and Chris Fry (Moors for the Future Partnership). Click here for a write up of the event and link to a recording.

25 September: Rewilding

This session will explore rewilding form a local, national and international perspective. The speakers at this event will explain the theory behind rewilding and its relevance to a carbon zero future, what is being done by Derbyshire Wildlife Trust in partnership with local authorities and one individual’s experience of rewilding land that was agricultural. The speakers include Andrew Ramsey (University of Derby), Matt Buckler Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, Dawn Ward (rewilding pioneer). Click here for the flyer.  Click here for a write up and recording of the event. People registering for the event also had the chance to visit Dawn’s rewilding site outside Chesterfield to see the transformation process.