Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

So You Want to Make a Change; Thinking Global and Acting Local Is the Message for People in the North East Every World Environment Day. AMY HUNT Finds out What's in Store This Year Sponsored by Environment Agency STAND UP TO CLIMATE CHANGE World Environment Day 5 June

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

So You Want to Make a Change; Thinking Global and Acting Local Is the Message for People in the North East Every World Environment Day. AMY HUNT Finds out What's in Store This Year Sponsored by Environment Agency STAND UP TO CLIMATE CHANGE World Environment Day 5 June

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Byline: AMY HUNT

IT'S a global issue, but one in which folk here in the North East can make a real difference.

That is the message that World Environment Day hopes to spread on June 5 every year.

And this year will be no exception as, for the third year running, The Environment Agency and Newcastle City Council have teamed up for a day of activities.

World Environment Day was started by the UN in 1972 as a means of motivating people to help protect and conserve the environment for future generations.

Every year has a theme, which for 2008 is Adapting to Climate Change, and a host city - this year's is Wellington in New Zealand.

Closer to home, a fair held around Grey's Monument in Newcastle, will play host to stalls from more than 20 organisations giving away free advice and environmental goodies, on June 5.

From 10am to 5pm information will be available about how to green your lifestyle, with street entertainment and local food also on offer.

As part of the WED week of events, a Farmers' Market will be held at the Monument on June 6, from 9.30am to 2.30pm selling food from local producers.

And on the weekend of June 7 and 8, from noon to 7pm, the annual Green Festival, now in its 14th year, will take place in Leazes Park.

Manually-powered fairground rides for kids, stalls selling ethical clothing and gifts, demos of green energy sources, information on all manner of eco-friendly things and a healing area will all be part of the festival.

Three stages of bands and performers will be on offer, as well as children's entertainment and refreshments for all the family.

North Tyneside Council has also organised an event for WED, in the Rising Sun Country Park from 11am to 3.30pm on June 5.

It will start with a carnival procession into the park by pupils from Coquet Park, Appletree Gardens, Marine Park and Rockliffe First schools as well as Whitley Bay High School, all wearing costumes made from recycled materials. …

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