Axminster holds Environment Day

The Axminster litter pickers. Picture: Irene Wilson

The Axminster litter pickers. Picture: Irene Wilson - Credit: Archant

Axminster Town Council has organised an Environment Day on Saturday (October 19) at The Guildhall.

Axminster Town Council's environment working party.

Axminster Town Council's environment working party. - Credit: Archant

It will be a very positive event, full of information and ideas on how everyone can make small changes that will reduce their carbon footprint, avoid single-use plastic, and generally live a more sustainable lifestyle.

Axminster Mayor Anni Young said: "People can feel daunted by the whole thing, but actually there are lots of little things that you can do.

"We're going to suggest that people who're not doing anything currently start with five little things, and when they become habits, start adding a few other things in.

"At our Environment Day there'll be lots of information about what you can do, in small ways and in bigger ways."

Plastic-free Axminster logo

Plastic-free Axminster logo - Credit: Archant

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The Plastic Free Axminster group will be at the event, along with the Marine Conservation Society, which campaigns against plastic pollution in the oceans. Shelterbox, a charity which takes humanitarian aid out to disaster zones around the world, will also have a stand. Much of their work involves dealing with the results of global warming, such as major floods.

Beekeepers will be on hand to talk about the declining bee population, and how people can help protect pollinators by growing certain flowers and shrubs.

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There will be three speakers. Two are representatives from charities: The Word Forest which plants trees and builds classrooms in Kenya, and Surfers Against Sewage. The third is student environmentalist Todd Olive.

"Lots of really interesting people are coming, and we've got lots of information that people can take away," said the mayor.

Honey Bees. Picture: William Jones-Warner

Honey Bees. Picture: William Jones-Warner - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

She is keen to emphasise that the event is designed to inspire people, not shame them.

"We're trying to be very positive about it, and we don't want it to be preachy," she said.

"We think there should be acknowledged appreciation of whatever people do.

"I think people are a bit worried that they're going to be forced to do things they don't want to do, but if we all make tiny changes it makes a big difference.

"And we do have to make changes, not necessarily for us, but for the generations after us."

The Environment Day runs from 10am until 4pm. Admission is free, and there will be food and drink available to buy.

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