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Calling all climate heroes – we’re teaming up with Liverpool ONE to find the people helping to save our planet.
You don’t have to be Superman and save the planet single-handedly, loads of people are doing their bit for the environment every day of their lives – and we want to find them.
As the Everyday Climate Heroes Exhibition arrives in the city, we’re teaming up with Liverpool ONE to put the spotlight on Local Climate Heroes, from the green-fingered gardeners who’re encouraging us to love and look after the natural world, to the people who’ve switched jobs to make a more positive impact through their work.
“Local Climate Heroes are the Friends of Calderstones Park, or the parents on the governors’ board of their kids’ school putting forward recycling schemes,” says Álvaro Costela, Marketing and Communications Manager for Liverpool ONE.
“They’re people who perhaps don’t realise what a difference they are making, or how much they are inspiring others. But we want to put the spotlight on them, the unsung heroes who are going above and beyond to make a change in their lives, in their communities, and who don’t normally make the headlines or get the limelight.”
Developed by Futerra Solutions Union and world-renowned photographer Rankin, the Everyday Climate Heroes Exhibition was first unveiled at COP26 in Glasgow and portrays the ordinary people across the UK who are making a huge effort to fight climate change.
Massive screens, now in Paradise Street until the end of July, show the 10 people – or groups – chosen, and tell their stories.
“And it’s interesting that of the 10, two of them are from Liverpool,” adds Álvaro.
One of them, St Vincent’s School for Sensory Impairment in West Derby has been integrating climate action into its curriculum for more than a decade led by their principal Dr John Patterson.
Ibe Hayter, from Toxteth, created Cycle of Life, a charity that encourages people to make cycling part of their lifestyle and help reduce carbon emissions.
“Liverpool has always been a pioneering city, and it’s about reinforcing that,” says Álvaro. “We have brought the exhibition to Liverpool ONE because we can all help, we are all on a journey to become more sustainable.
“We play a role in Liverpool City Region, we are part of its heart, and by improving the environment and communities, we are making Liverpool the place to be, now and in the future.
“If more people join us, it will create a better Liverpool, and a better world – and the Local Climate Heroes can help us to inspire everyone.”
Are you a Local Climate Hero – or do you know one?
If so, Liverpool ONE, wants to hear from you.
All you need to do is fill in the nomination form on the Liverpool ONE website, with details about who you are, what you’re doing, what you want to achieve – perhaps, even, the difference you’ve made so far.
Donna Howitt, Place Strategy Director at Liverpool ONE, says: “It can be very easy to look at the climate change crisis and be overwhelmed by the sheer scale of the issue, but we can all be inspired by leaders such as St Vincent’s School and Ibe Hayter.
“There is a potential climate hero in everyone – and we’re looking forward to hearing from them, and crowning another Local Climate Hero.”
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