Big Green Week challenges nation to inspiring green action
If I am honest, I have to admit that even I am quite surprised that Bristol’s BIG Green Week 2012 this June has turned out to be… well simply huge.
When I first suggested to Forum’s CEO Peter Madden and Founder Director Jonathon Porritt nearly two years ago that we create the UK’s annual festival for sustainability, I don’t think we imagined we would end up with over 100 events in nine days in our first full year.
You can see the massive festival programme for yourself, with the tickets and the details for all the events between 9th and 17th June now online at www.biggreenweek.com.
It is a spectacular line-up of internationally renowned speakers and celebrities. Their mission inspire the next generation of great green ideas through a fun-filled nine days.
Highlights include Vivienne Westwood, Bill McKibben, Deborah Meaden, Caroline Lucas, Kevin McCloud, The Eden Project’s Tim Smit, Great British Menu’s Prue Leith, Comedian Nathan Caton, Jonathon Porritt and Scrapheap Challenge’s Robert Llewellyn compering the world electric bike championship for the Good Energy trophy.
Forget the pessimism that will be Rio+20. Bristol’s BIG Green Week will be a giant mixing bowl of experts, innovators, and fresh ideas, finished off with good food, friends, and fun, to inspire change for the better. We can’t afford to fail and life changing, planet saving ideas need the inspiration of the UK’s BIG Green Week.
Bristol is aiming to become the ‘Edinburgh of green festivals’. The city is once again the only UK city to have been shortlisted to be named European Green Capital. This time Bristol is up against Copenhagen and Frankfurt to be European Green Capital 2014. If successful, then you can bet BIG Green Week 2013 and 2014 will become even bigger festivals of European status.
Green jobs are already big business in the Bristol region with about 13,600 people work in environmental technologies and services. Bristol is the world capital of the wildlife and environmental film industry, and the region is the biggest silicon design cluster anywhere outside of Silicon Valley, attracting over $1.25 billion in investment.
From Brunel to Banksy, Beryl Cook to Blackbeard, Bristol’s past and present is bursting with big names that have inspired millions. BIG Green Week aims to inspire the next generation of great green ideas. See you there!