The UK's first Climate Week will take place on 21-27 March 2011. The "supercharged" national occasion offers an annual renewal of Britain's ambition and confidence to combat climate change. It is for everyone wanting to do their bit to "protect the planet and create a secure future".
Thousands of businesses, charities, schools, councils and others will run events during Climate Week. They are aiming to show what can be achieved, share ideas and encourage thousands more to act during the rest of the year. Organisations will have the opportunity to run events that profile their own initiatives and innovations to stakeholders and staff, customers and the community, members and the media. Climate Week will also shine a spotlight on the many steps already being taken in workplaces and communities across Britain.
The new initiative has received a wide range of high profile support including backing by the Prime Minister to Paul McCartney, the NHS to the National Trust, Girlguiding UK to the CBI, the Big Lottery Fund to the National Association of Head Teachers.
Climate Week is sponsored by a Headline Partner - Tesco - and four Supporting Partners - Aviva, EDF Energy, Kelloggs and RBS - which have all voiced a deep commitment to action on climate change.
Other supporters include the former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the former US Vice President Al Gore, presenter Michael Palin and actress Sienna Miller. Other organisations backing Climate Week include the Environment Agency, National Federation of Women's Institutes, British Medical Association and the Met Office. In total, Climate Week is supported by over 180 organisations that represent a further 850,000 organisations and have 6m individual members.