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WHAT DOES THE FUTURE LOOK LIKE?

Saturday 2nd October 2021
Harrogate College from 10am to 4pm

The free launch event of the first ever Harrogate Climate Action Festival (CAFé), took place on Saturday 2 October 2021 between 10am-4pm, at Harrogate College.

There were up to 500 visitors enjoying the 30 plus exhibitors

Visitors were treated to everything from environmental talks by expert guest speakers to encounters with friendly therapy sheep, an electric converted campervan, a passive house and bike-powered smoothies.

 

Guests also enjoyed live music courtesy of Leeds Conservatoire, inspired by the theme of climate, and an array of vegan and vegetarian food prepared by Harrogate College students.

What happened

Chair of festival organisers the Harrogate District Climate Change Coalition (HDCC), Professor Neil Coles, said: “It’s great that we’re here and all willing to take action against climate change.

“There’s a window of opportunity for us to take action collectively and it’s not just about business and government, it’s about all of us as well. Through small actions, done collectively, we can make a big difference.”

 

Harrogate College Principal Danny Wild, stressing the vital role that education providers have in delivering the green skills that are needed by employers to secure a greener future, said: “We need to be at the centre of providing the local economy with the right skills.”

The college is focused on becoming a local centre of green excellence and under its Sustainability Pledge is committed to becoming net zero carbon by 2035. Mr Wild also announced that all of its full-time students will be studying a carbon literacy qualification this year. 

Event organiser Holly Hansen-Maughan  commented  “– I genuinely thought we changed some hearts and minds!”

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Exhibitors included:

  • Techbuyer

  • Ortial Technologies 

  • Full Circle Funerals

  • Resurrection Bikes

  • North Yorkshire Rotters

  • Energy Oasis

  • Yorkshire Energy Systems

  • Pure Haus

  • Make it Wild

  • Ecofill

  • Co-Wheels Car Club

  • Harrogate Fair Trade Shop 

  • Dog Eat Cog

  • Native Architects

  • Chameleon Technology

  • Harrogate Transdev

  • Longlands Common

  • Pinewoods conservation

  • Advanced Product Services

  • Corn Close Care Farm

  • Nidd gorge

  • Zero Carbon Harrogate

  • Big Green Beard

  • Harrogate Borough Council

  • Harrogate College

  • Better Homes Yorkshire 

  • Harrogate Climate Coalition

  • Leeds Conservatoire

  • James McKay – Artist

  • Environmental Smart

  • e Dub Services LTD