Sustainability Shorts: from wildlife gardens and eco-anxiety to changing time for a greener tomorrow

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March 22 @ 17:00 - 19:00

Transition Bath is hosting a new Sustainability Shorts event on Friday 22 March with four speakers, each talking for 10 minutes on a variety of themes with 5 minutes for questions after each talk. This event forms part of the Climate Hub Springtime Assembly, at the Assembly Rooms in Bath from 22–24 March. Sustainability Shorts is a free event, but you need to book a ticket to ensure a space.

The speakers and their themes are:

  • Pete Dyson, Bicycle Mayor of Bath and author of Transport For Humans: Are we nearly there yet? will be talking about ”Shifting Perspectives: Tweaking Daylight Savings Time for a Brighter, Greener Tomorrow!” If the clocks had changed last month, what might have been the small but meaningful effects on our health and environment? How might it encourage walking, cycling, sports, better road safety and even reduce utility bills?
  • Marian Hill, an illustrator (and founder of Buzz and Scuttle), who has become fascinated with our local native insect species, will be introducing some of Nature’s invertebrate waste disposal experts who are busily tidying our local landscape and improving soil health in the process.
  • Caroline Hickman, University of Bath lecturer in social work and climate psychology, will be discussing eco anxiety and distress about the climate and ecological crisis in children and young people globally.
    Facing the difficult truths of the climate emergency; apocalyptic disaster or transformational moment in history
    “As we become aware of the scale and speed of the threats to the biosphere, our emotional responses mirror our increased concern in both intensity and complexity, and we need to navigate binary splits of hope and optimism and ‘doom & gloom’ pessimism. Eco anxiety, grief and despair are all now recognised as understandable and rational human responses to the developing crisis. Conversations about climate change will bring us face to face with feelings of vulnerability and uncertainty, but are also essential if we are to develop the emotional resilience that humanity needs to face this uncertain future.”
  • Aleksander Domanski, documentary filmmaker, biologist and photographer, will give a talk on ‘Unveiling Subterranean Life’. He will be sharing his macro and microscopy filming to explore the interconnected private lives of key players in Britain’s nocturnal invertebrates. Macro footage of soil organisms in action help to tell the story of how life under the surface affects the ecosystems above it, and how this relates to our own food security and wellbeing.

    Note: There are many more free activities and workshops for all ages over the weekend including:Children’s nature celebration – craft activities, storytelling and singing;
    Music from Humm and the Climate Choir;
    Young People’s Climate Café;
    Bath Area Growers’ workshop on the importance of healthy soil;
    Various stalls sharing information and ideas about positive action for a sustainable future.Everyone is welcome to come along to this free weekend. For more information email

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March 22
17:00 - 19:00
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