Agenda 21 events celebrate the ‘quiet revolution’

The Shell Better Britain Campaign (SBBC), an organisation that promotes community participation in sustainable development activities around the UK is celebrating ten years of Agenda 21 with a series of events aimed at assisting projects and preparing for the Rio+10 conference in Johannesburg.

The 2002 Project will showcase 100 existing community projects around the country as examples of best practice to encourage knowledge swapping between groups, and to identify strategic issues associated with Agenda 21 projects, SBBC Co-Director Ben Proctor told edie.

“Agenda 21 has been a quiet revolution impacting on thousands of peoples lives through their local communities,” said Proctor. “The tenth anniversary offers us a unique opportunity to further strengthen community sustainability and create a wider awareness of Agenda 21.”

“Through the 2002 project we hope to achieve this and, at the same time, to present on behalf of the communities and individuals working in Britain the case for a continued commitment to Agenda 21 from world leaders attending the Johannesburg Earth Summit.”

SBBC environmental projects have included a training programme in the Brecon Beacons for midwives, health-visitors and playgroups that discouraged the use of disposable nappies, and a group in Orkney has received £1000 from SBBC for promotional materials and protective clothing for an annual beach clean up. Another example is that of the tenants of a 16-storey block of flats in inner city Salford who received £2000 to create an ‘urban oasis’, including an orchard and wildflower garden, from a patch of waste ground.

A timetable for the events is currently being put together, and will shortly be available on the organisation’s website.

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