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YEW22 – second collaboration event.

28 June 2022

Just a few days to go before the call is out for submission of events in to York Environment Week22. We have another meeting open to anyone planning an event.

Please join us on Thursday 7th July, in the Denham Room at Priory Street Centre, YO1 6ET, 7.15 – 9.00. Free admission, refreshments served.

The plan for the evening is to hear about ideas so far, plot on a calendar dates and times arranged, and completing any partnerships and collaborations. Finally the Core Group will answer any practical questions about submitting an event, publicity, evaluation and monitoring. Looking forward to getting together again.,

To book a place please use this link to our eventbrite page.

June meeting.

13 June 2022

Global and local this month. We have a presentation on Climate Change, impact on women, solutions by and for women and their communities. This is based on Emily Beasley’s research at the University of York. The perspective is international, for example using examples of women from indiginous cultures, and draws on philosophy as a guide for analysis.

Followed by a report on the recent hearing sessions on the Local Plan. The next phase of hearings is in July and we are going to decide York Environment Forum’s approach to the topics to be tackled then.

This meeting is for members of YEF, and takes place on Tuesday 14th June, 4 – 6pm at West Offices, Station rise.

The next York Environment Week

23 May 2022

How can you be involved in York Environment Week this year? Find out by coming to our event on Wednesday evening, 25th May.

Details are on the YEW website. You can email to, feedback and ideas welcome. We are looking for a variety of formats, creativity and fun that will engage with residents about environmental issues.

Green Funerals in a Climate Emergency

9 May 2022

What has a funeral to do with the climate emergency? York Environment Forum will be discussing this on Tuesday 10th May. Guest speaker, John Cossham, will present his thoughts and lead a discussion. This talk was very well recived at the Dead Good Festival recently.

YEF is back at the usual venue of West Offices for the first time since February 2020. There are pros and cons of being in person, virtually online, or a mixture of both and we are going to assess which is most effective.

Some members of YEF are spending Tuesday 10th May at the hearing to examine the ‘soundness’ of York’s Local Plan. That, the first day of the hearing, is considering the strategic vision, outcomes and development principles – YEF has submitted responses to that section and will elaborate in person. The other aspect of our submissions is about transport, next week, again a representative will be present to provide evidence to the Inspector sitting at the hearing.

YEW22 collaborative approach.

14 April 2022

At YEW22 the Core Group wants this year’s programme to include a wider range of events than in 2020 and in 2021. As there will be less reliance on Zoom events now is the time to think creatively.And we are looking for ideas that increase fun.

Could you and your group offer something that is musical, song-writing or performing? Have you drama, poetry and creative writing that could become an event? Events can be ongoing, such as starting an  art installation at the begining of the week and completing it by the last weekend. How about a photography competition or an online art exhibition.

We are at the early stages of planning. The dates have been decided: 24th September to 2nd October. This year’s planning is going to be more collaborative so that previous event organisers and anyone else interested can be part of the team effort. This will begin by holding a meeting to share ideas about the week, themes if any, and suggestions for who else could be involved. We will meet in person unless we are prevented by covid.

Would be great to get some feedback about these innovations.

Annual General Meeting.

10 April 2022

York Environment Forum is holding our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 12th April, 4pm at Clements Hall. We will be looking back at the year of 2021 to 2022, confirming who fills the officer posts, and sharing refreshments. This is our first face to face meeting for two years; some members have only ever met via Zoom and we are looking foward to getting to know one another.

Contact YEF if you would like to become a member, our May meeting will be on 10th May at 4pm. We also welcome ideas for meeting topics, and offers to come and speak and lead discussions.

York’s Local Plan.

4 March 2022

March’s York Environment Forum meeting is discussing York’s Local Plan. The public hearing to decide whether or not the Plan is ‘sound’ or not is happening soon, delayed due to illness. YEF members have been active at all stages of the Plan’s development and will be contributing again at the hearing. On Tuesday 8th March we will look at the background, key milestones for YEF, and the details of our formal responses to be submitted.

Through necessity Local Plans are full of information. Comments and opinions sent in by residents are all made public. The procedure and rules can be hard to understand. However, all of these are available on the City of York Council’s website in a dedicated section.

York Environment Week this year.

21 February 2022

We are looking to expand the Core Group of people who are putting together YEW22. There have been two successful years so far, onwards and upwards. We need ideas to shape the progamme, organisational skills, and ideally somenone to take on social media and other publicity. All of the work is done by volunteers. The dates are not set yet, help decide what will be best. Interested, or looking for more information, please email us at YEF – Many thanks.

York Environment Week 2021 impact

14 January 2022

At January’s meeting of York Environment Forum the members discussed York Environment Week held last year. A comprehensive report compiled from feedback from event organisers and from the core group who put together the programme was published recently.

Here are some key facts: more than 1,000 people attended the main events; the programme included 45 main events, 11 late event entries, and 31 walks.

The focus of YEW 2021 was York acts together – tackling climate change. Event organisers reported on how their events contributed to this ambition. Paricipants committed to actions to take themselves such as joining a group or volunteering; there was increased networking among participants and among organising groups; and inceased interest in future events, activities and services.

Climate Feminism.

5 December 2021

York International Women’s Week for 2022 is calling out for events. The crucial dates are 5th to 13th March. If your group or organisation wants to showcase, celebrate, educate or entertain, submit your event to be included in the progamme. There is no charge to be included, and YIWW22 will be widely-publicised. Climate Feminism has been chosen as the theme to follow up the recent COP26. The Week will highlight action women and girls are taking to tackle climate change, and how women and girls in particular are affected by it.