Climate Week Challenge

Climate Week Challenge

Schools, colleges and workplaces across Glasgow took part in a series of events during the UK's inaugural Climate Week, a new national occasion to inspire millions to combat climate change.

One of the main events organised during the week (which took place from the 21 to 27 March, 2011), was a "Climate Mini Challenge?? to come up with practical solutions to help combat climate change.

In Glasgow, this challenge which took place on the 21 March, 2011 was taken up by employees from Glasgow City Council, representatives of Council's arm's length organisations or Aleos, and Sustainable Glasgow partners.

The teams at the Glasgow event in the Parish Halls had an hour to complete the challenge entitled "Save the Plant, Save the Pounds!?? to come up with a green idea to save money or make money.

Each team had three minutes each to present their idea and action plan. All came up with innovative and interesting ideas, thinking BIG but keeping it local at the same time. Most of which can be implemented simply and effectively.

The winner was Sustainable Glasgow's Project Management Office (PMO) with the idea, Active Kids, Active Energy - Play Park where there would be energy generation and climate education for children and parents in a fun and innovative way.

Some of the ideas from the other teams will now be put forward as proposals for implementation as part of the Sustainable Glasgow initiative.

Gil Morgan, chair of the jury for the Glasgow Climate Mini Challenge, said: "All the teams successfully completed the challenge, making the event very worthwhile. We received a wide range of very good ideas spread across different key areas such as food, transport, energy, planning and education. This made the jury's decision extremely difficult, but it gave us plenty of ideas for future action. Congratulations to all who took part.??

During Climate Week, other events included the final of the Glasgow: City of Tenements competition.

The competition focused on ways in which we can adapt, but still safeguard Glasgow's rich built heritage in the face of a changing climate. The project did not seek definitive answers to the issues raised, instead its aim is to encourage young people to engage, discuss, reflect on and be more aware of issues of sustainability and design in the context of Glasgow's most iconic domestic buildings.

The winners were - St Brides Primary (primary winner), Jordanhill Primary (primary runner-up); St Kelvin's Primary, Kelvindale Primary and Battlefield Primary (commendation for creativity); Parkhill Secondary (secondary winner). Knightswood Secondary (secondary runner-up); Bellahouston Academy and Lourdes Secondary (commendation for creativity).

On Saturday 26 March, Glasgow City Chambers was among one of the thousands of homes, businesses and public buildings across the world to take part in World Wildlife Fund's Earth Hour, which this year was held during the Climate Week.
Between 8.30pm and 9.30pm, people were encouraged to switched their lights off during the event which raises awareness of climate change.

The lights also went out at Buckingham Palace, the Eiffel Tower, Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer, the Acropolis in Greece and the Empire State Building in New York. The world's tallest building, the 828-metre Burj Khalifa in Dubai, switched off about half-a-million lights.