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Led by Reading Climate Action Network (RCAN), the Reading Climate Festival offers opportunities for local schools, organisations and individuals to help Reading become a net zero, climate resilient town.

The University of Reading is working with RCAN to deliver events at Reading Climate Festival.

The two-week programme of events has something for everyone, from helping businesses and schools understand their climate impacts, to an immersive art installation in town, to wellbeing walks in nature, talks on how to reduce your bills and create warmer homes, a Big Lunch in Forbury Gardens for the whole community – and many more.  All events are free, but please book in advance.

More information about Reading Climate Festival 2024

University of Reading highlights


Show Your Stripes Day

21 June

Closing the festival, and to mark Show Your Stripes Day, join us ‘in conversation’ with Professor Ed Hawkins MBE, climate scientist and creator of the warming stripes.  Learn how the stripes have had global reach and impact, and hear about the latest high-profile activities going on to share their powerful message.

Register to attend in person

Register to attend online


Climate Ambassadors

10 June

Learn about the free service for schools to help them develop a climate action plan to reduce carbon emissions, tackle climate risks and inspire and inform the next generation, plus how you can become an ambassador. 

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Storing Carbon Under Your Feet

12 June

Professor Martin Lukac from the University of Reading's Department of Sustainable Land Management will discuss strategies for carbon sequestration in urban soils.

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Youth Mobilisation Day

15 June

Reading student Raman Nijjar and others have organised this day in which young people (aged 16-25) can take part in 'future visioning' for Reading, and gain skills in campaigning, filmmaking and engaging with politics.

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Action for Pollinators

20 June

Led by the Institute of Education, this event will dive into the world of bees, butterflies, and other tiny-winged wonders, and discover their pivotal role in combatting climate change.

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Clean Air Schools

20 June

In collaboration with Reading Borough Council, Design Nature and Stantec, we will be hosting a workshop for local schools so students can explore, map and measure air quality, and understand how they can improve it.

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Year of Climate Engagement


2024 is Reading's Year of Climate Engagement - which means anyone who lives, works or studies here can help decide our town's climate action priorities for 2025 - 2030.

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We're green in all sorts of ways
People & Planet University League
1st in the People & Planet University League 2023
The Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education 2021
Queens Anniversary Prize for climate research and action
Times Higher Education Awards 2023
Winner of Outstanding Contribution to Environmental Leadership