Solutions Fair

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At the Solutions Fair, part of #EarthOptimism Cambridge, will be a dynamic, interactive series of stands, activities and events for all ages, providing information about the choices everyone can make in their lives to take positive actions for the planet.

The Fair is divided into four zones: 'Going Wild'; 'Buying Smart'; 'Eating Well'; and 'Bright Ideas', along with a venue dedicated to pop-up speakers, storytelling and performance. The Fair will take place in and around the David Attenborough Building on Saturday 22 April, between 11:00-17:00.

Hands-on Solutions Fair: part of #EarthOptimism at the David Attenborough Building, Cambridge Conservation Initiative, 11.00-17.00, Saturday 22 April 2017

On Saturday 22 April visitors to the David Attenborough Building at the Cambridge Conservation Initiative in Cambridge will be able to take part in the hands-on #EarthOptimism Solutions Fair, where over 30 local, national and international organisations will be showcasing a variety of practical ways that people can make a real difference for the planet through their everyday lives. Visitors will leave the Solutions Fair empowered with the knowledge of the steps we can all take to make a difference to the world.

The Fair is divided into four themes, each of which addresses an aspect of daily life. Within each theme visitors will be able to take part in activities relating to that theme, ask questions, and pledge to make positive changes in their lives.

There is no advanced booking for the Solutions Fair: everyone is welcome, so please come along to immerse yourself in what promises to be an uplifting, inspirational and action-packed day.

Buying Smart: reuse, recycle and repair
In this zone visitors will be able to bring clothes to swap, take a fresh look at recycling, learn where their purchases come from, and discover the real price of plastic. This zone will also include a free repair café, so visitors are encouraged to bring their broken bits and pieces, giving these items a second chance and preventing them from ending up in landfill.

Buying Smart contributors are:
Amey Cespa
Cambridge City Council Recycling Champions
Cambridge Carbon Footprint & Ladybirds WI- SWISH
Cambridge Repair Café – Transition Cambridge and Cambridge Carbon Footprint – PLEASE BOOK IN ADVANCE TO BRING AN ITEM TO THE REPAIR CAFE
Fauna & Flora International
John Lewis
Marine Conservation Society
M&S Plan A
M&S Shwopping
Pukka Herbs

Bright Ideas: lowering your carbon footprint
Here visitors will be able to learn how to tread lightly by lowering their carbon footprint through, for example, green energy and sustainable travel, as well as carbon offsetting.

Bright Ideas contributors are:
Anglia Energy Solutions
Cambridge Carbon Footprint
Cambridge Solar Ltd
Cool Earth
Offset calculators
RSPB-Gola Rainforest Conservation
Transition Cambridge
World Land Trust

Eating Well: learning about a sustainable diet
This theme aims to dispel the myths around food and the environment, and gets to the nitty gritty of what a sustainable diet really looks like.

Eating Well contributors are:
BirdLife/RSPB Albatross Task Force
Cambridge Food Cycle
Hotel Chocolat
Marine Conservation Society
University of Cambridge Environment and Energy
University of Cambridge & Cambridge Sustainable Food

Going Wild: walking on the wild side
In the Going Wild theme, visitors will see how easy it is to get into nature and what they can do to help wildlife, from hedgehogs to bees.

Going Wild contributors are:
Cambridge University Botanic Garden
Cambridge Wild
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Conservation Evidence
The Jane Goodall Institute
Hills Road Sixth Form College
National Trust
The Wildlife Trusts

The Environment and the Arts
In addition to the four themes, the top floor of the David Attenborough Building will be given over to links between the environment and the arts, with a nature writing workshop from Derek Niemann, a children’s storyteller, talks about bird therapy and poetry readings throughout the day.  The library will also be open all day for children and adults to sit and read – perfect space to relax during the #EarthOptimism Solutions Fair.