The annual County Durham Partnership Event took place on Friday 26 November. This year’s theme was ‘Environment and Climate Change – Our Local Response’.
A virtual market place for the event is also available to browse.
Find videos and information sources about our local response to climate change and environmental conservation and see some of the innovative work partners are involved in.
Find support and advice on how you can get involved to make a difference individually, or as part of your business, organisation or local community.
And find out what children and young people think and how they’ve been involved in the run up to COP 26.
Turn talk into action
Turn climate talk into climate action at Climate County Durham. Learn about climate change, its impact and get all the information you need to take action and reduce your carbon footprint, whether as an individual, a community group or small business.
Here you can also help out by signing the Climate Change and Carbon Reduction pledge.
Climate emergency response
See what has been achieved and what plans are in place for the future since Durham County Council declared a climate emergency in 2019.
ECO2 Smart Schools Conference
Ahead of COP26, over 4000 pupils from 130 schools in 13 countries took part in the ECO2 Climate Conference to learn about COP (conference of the parties) and how other schools from around the world are experiencing and adapting to climate change.
All participating schools were provided with an education pack. Each of the nine lessons included a lesson plan, PowerPoint, supporting resources and links to short films created by Durham University Professors. A legacy booklet has been created to provide a platform for the voices of the young people who took part in the ECO2 Climate Conference. The booklet contains the young people’s thoughts and feelings about climate change, how they are experiencing it and their requests for governments, local authorities and schools. It also contains a message of hope, showcasing the fantastic work that schools around the world are doing to take action against climate change.
Jack Drum Arts Summer School 2021
In the lead up to the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP26) held in Glasgow in November, children and young people from a wide range of backgrounds and ethnicities engaged in the issues and were supported to voice their concerns about climate change. Artists from the youth leadership team delivered a five day summer school using music, drama and visual arts. The young people then wrote and performed an original show to shine a spotlight on the melting icecaps, carbon emissions and rising sea levels affecting their generation.
Watch the Jack Drum Arts Summer School video, produced with funding from County Durham Community Foundation's #iwill fund and Youth Music.
Enough is Enough
This UK Youth Carnival Collaboration features young people from Jack Drum Arts Climate Change focussed summer school and Runaway Samba youth band.
200 young people from across the UK came together to share a message for world leaders at COP26. A collaboration between youth bands from County Durham, Edinburgh, Manchester, Oldham and London working remotely to use their passion for music and dance to have a voice.
Produced with funding from Youth Music
Support to reduce your carbon footprint
If you’re a community and/or voluntary organisation, get support to reduce your carbon footprint at the Climate County Durham website.
Durham Community Action workshop
Join Durham Community Action’s new online workshop ‘Taking Action to Become a Greener Voluntary Organisation’ on 30 November.
Going Green Together
Visit the Going Green Together website which supports the North East’s VCSE sector towards Net Zero.
As one of the largest local authority areas in the country, County Durham has a lot to offer. Something we do really well, right across the County is our partnership working.
Our Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) is rooted in local people, places and in action. We have a stable, creative and resilient sector, working effectively together and sharing resources, insight and support. County Durham is a great place to volunteer because of it.
Durham Energy Institute
Browse a series of films about Durham Energy Institute's (DEI) innovative work to decarbonise heat. This work is happening locally, nationally and internationally.
Durham Heat Hub
Find out how Durham Heat Hub is bringing people together to change the way we use heat. A joint project between DEI and Durham County Council and funded by the Economic and Social Sciences Research Council.
Find out how local company, Lanchester Wines, has harnessed the power of alternative sources of energy to drive their business and are leading the way to being net zero.
Lanchester Wines and the wider Lanchester group of companies, which includes Greencroft Bottling, has worked tirelessly over the last decade to ensure sustainability is at its core.
There is, unfortunately, no ‘one size fits all’ solution when it comes to sustainability and so they’ve invested considerably to identify which changes they can make to lessen our effect on our planet. Their business’ greatest opportunity to make a change is through minimising their reliance on fossil fuels. As such, they have invested over £8million in renewable heat and energy generation at their sites across the North East and today their business is powered almost completely by renewable wind and solar energy.
They are also pioneering world-changing heat pump technology using water from disused mines at their warehouses in Gateshead which not only enables customers to further reduce their carbon footprint but also revolutionises how clean technology may be used in former mining areas across the world.
Net Zero Exchanges
Net Zero Exchanges - Connecting Policy and Research for Climate Action is a collection of essays by academics and politicians setting out where work is still needed on climate change policy.
Durham Wildlife Trust
Find out how the work of Durham Wildlife Trust, by its nature, helps tackle the climate crisis.
Durham Heritage Coast - turning the tide on plastic
By following the journey of one plastic bottle, find out how plastic pollution is affecting our rivers and the heritage coast. Production sponsored by the SeaScapes programme.
Recently the impact of smaller plastic fragments has been in the spotlight - 820 separate pieces of small plastic were found in one 20 minute session on Crimdon Beach.
Plan and prepare
Whether you are a householder, a business or a community, it's important to plan ahead to avoid being caught out in emergencies. Find out what is in place to minimise the risks posed by emergency situations such as severe weather events and what help and advice is available on Durham County Council's emergency web pages.
Get the latest England flood warnings from the Environment Agency.