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Plastic Free Chesterfield Competitions

Deadline: Sunday 4th July

  • Summer Poster Competition
    For 5-11 years old
    Must attend a school within Chesterfield Borough.

    Create a poster to discourage the use of single-use plastic in the summer. Winners will be selected by flagship employer, CCS Media. Plastic free prizes include personalised reusable water bottle for winners and a personalised reusable tote bag for runners up.

  • Poetry Competition
    For up to 10 years, 11-18 years, and Adults.

    Inspiration behind the poems (less than 200 words) should be your thoughts about how we are affecting our environment, especially with our use of throw-away items like plastic bottles. The poem can be in any style, comic or serious.

    The winners will have the chance to read out their poem live at the Plastic Free Festival!

Bassetlaw District Council Appoints a Cycle Champion

To promote the benefits of cycling and develop cycling opportunities for the district, Bassetlaw District Council has appointed its very first ‘Cycling Champion’ - Cllr John Shephard (Ward Member for Worksop South East and the Chair of the Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

His role will include:

  • Promoting cycling for all age groups across the District
  • Raising public awareness of the benefits of cycling
  • Creating safer cycling and walking routes
  • Contributing to creating a healthier Bassetlaw through cycling-based initiatives

Cllr Shephard said: 'Cycling is a huge part of my life and I am thrilled to be taking up this new role that will help to encourage more people to get back on a bike or take up cycling for the first time.

As a passionate cyclist, I want families to be able to ride to parks, shops, schools and to work on safe and enjoyable routes. So I will be working with other councils and partners, as well as our own officers, to try and create new cycling routes and make existing routes a little safer.'


Engaging Ethnic Minority Communities | University of Nottingham Research

Do you belong to an organisation that is focused on climate change? Are you concerned about inclusiveness?  A University of Nottingham team have organised an online survey that takes about 15 minutes to complete, looking into how campaigners on climate change engage with ethnic minority communities.

Here is the survey link:

For more information, you can contact the researchers, Rosie Brown and Charles Ogunbode, via or from Nottingham Climate Assembly (

Tesla drops Bitcoin over Climate Concerns, Young Christians' climate pilgrimage, and more....

National/International News In Brief (May 2021):

  • Sir David Attenborough named COP26 People’s Advocate ahead of the crucial summit

  • Tesla will no longer accept Bitcoin over climate concerns, says Musk 

  • Global renewable energy industry grew at fastest rate since 1999 in 2020

  • Nearly 40 UK food businesses have threatened to stop sourcing products from Brazil over proposed land reforms that could accelerate deforestation in the Amazon.

  • Young Christians from across the country are walking in relay from Cornwall to Glasgow to raise awareness of COP26

  • Bristol bike repair club helps young people tackle mental health

Job Opportunity | Marches Energy Agency (MEA)

Marches Energy Agency (MEA) are an independent, Shropshire-based charity with remote staff that reaches across the Midlands. MEA has nearly 25 years of experience in reducing fuel poverty, promoting energy reduction, and encouraging the uptake of renewable energy.

As their service continues to develop, their friendly team is now seeking to add enthusiastic, motivated, and compassionate staff to help them support more households:

  • Energy Advisors 
  • Project Administrator 
  • Marketing and Communications Manager 
  • Data and Reporting Manager 
  • Team Leader (Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin) 

More information: