Wakefield Council announce exciting plans for Festival of the Earth this summer

Wakefield Council is delighted to announce plans for ‘Festival of the Earth’ – which will take place from July to October 2021 across the Wakefield district – and will encourage local communities to work with the Council to make positive environmental changes to their daily lives and help tackle climate change – while having loads of fun.

In 2019, Wakefield Council declared a climate emergency and have created an action plan to help the Council become a carbon neutral organisation by 2030.

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Cllr Michael Graham

This summer, residents will be encouraged to take part in the Festival of the Earth by visiting an exhibition, taking part in an activity, or researching other ways to make a difference.

Cllr Michael Graham, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: “I’m delighted to announce our plans for Festival of the Earth. The festival provides an exciting opportunity to involve our local communities through an inspiring programme of events and creative activities over the summer and beyond, right across the district.”

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Cllr Jack Hemingway

Cllr Jack Hemingway, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change, said: “We have made a commitment to become a carbon neutral organisation by 2030 but we also want to support our residents and local businesses to do the same.

“We need to act now and act together. As a district we need to commit to recycling more, using less plastic, and much more. The Council will support other organisations and residents in reaching this goal as close to this time fame as possible.

“This is an opportunity for young people across the district to take action to change how they live, support the environment and protect Wakefield for future generations.

“Please join us on the start of this huge journey where everyone can play their part – small changes can lead to big movements.”

Festival of the Earth will feature exhibitions, installations, workshops, performances and an eco-themed speciality market, with activities taking place in the city centre, district libraries, and further afield.

Residents are encouraged to look for and share their own experiences during the festival using #EarthFestWFD on social media.

For more information on the festival, please visit expwake.co/EarthFestWFD