A quick round-up of some news stories around the Environment.

Climate change strikes in schools

Children across the world walked out of lessons on Friday, in protest at climate change.  With slogans like ‘Act now or swim later’ and ‘By the time we’re in charge it will be too late’, the children and young people are demanding action now to arrest the damage being done to the environment. The events are being co-ordinated under the name of #FridaysForFuture, following the initial protests organised by teenage Swedish environment activist Greta Thunberg.

Events took place at 1769 locations in 112 countries, including 111 in the UK, of which 4 were in Cornwall – Bude, Penzance, Saltash and Truro.  More events are planned for this Friday.  You can find out more on the Fridays for Future website and Facebook.

#Trashtag Challenge

A new challenge has been doing the rounds of the internet recently, but this one is a lot better for the world than the ice bucket challenge, or jumping out of moving cars.  The #trashtag challenge involves cleaning up litter in public spaces, with before and after pictures posted on social media.

The Guardian has an article about it, but head to Twitter for more current news, and  check out apps such as Litterati to find where needs help.


The Big Dig is coming to gardens near you this spring

Anyone running an edible garden can register their gardens to take part in this annual event, to support food growing in the UK.  The event is taking place this year on 27 April, and there is a toolkit of resources and information available online.