Headline events announced for Oxford Green Week 2019

Published: Monday, 13th May 2019

Oxford Green Week will feature sustainability, electric vehicles, zero waste, plastics, football, and more as part of this year’s headline events.

Oxford Green Week - which is now in its sixth year -, is a city wide festival celebrating sustainability and inspiring people to take action against climate change through a series of events.

The week-long festival will be taking place from Saturday 8 June, until Sunday 16 June across Oxford and Oxfordshire.

This year, the festival will explore the theme of One Planet Living.

One Planet Living – created by Bioregional and developed together with WWF – is a vision of a world where people enjoy happy, healthy lives within the natural limits of the planet, leaving space for wildlife and wilderness. The One Planet Living framework aims to raise awareness of how individuals, community groups, local businesses, international corporations and governments can bring their footprint down to within the limits of what our one planet can sustain, without sacrificing our happiness or wellbeing.

Oxford Green Week will feature various headline events taking place throughout the city. These events are:

  • Oxford’s Big Green Day Out
    Saturday 8 June, Broad Street, 10am-5pm
    Organised by Oxford City Council, Oxford’s Big Green Day Out is a family friendly event with variety of stalls, activities and information from over 60 local organisations and businesses promoting and showcasing sustainability in and around Oxford.
  • Oxford Eid Extravaganza and Environment Football Cup
    Sunday 9 June, Cheney School, Cheney Lane, 12pm-7pm
    Now in its fifth year, Oxford Eid Extravaganza will be teaming up with Oxford Green Week and is theming its celebrations all around the environment. It will have stalls and family fun for all, including its diversity football tournament (Environment Football Cup).
  • Veggie Lunch Monday
    Monday 10 June, various locations
    Organised by Lady Margaret Hall/Oxford University, this event will encourage organisations across Oxford to serve a vegetarian lunch, and will be holding a surplus food buffet at Bonn square.
  • One Planet Party
    Tuesday 11 June, Tap Social, 6.00pm-8.30pm
    A celebration of the One Planet Oxfordshire project and the presentation of the final One Planet Oxfordshire action plan, plus a look ahead to the future of the project in Oxfordshire. The winners of the One Planet Living photo competition will be announced at the party, and their winning photos will be displayed.
  • Plastic Waste Pro-action Café
    Friday 14 June, Oxford Martin School, 6pm-8.30pm
    Organised by the Oxford Hub, actors from all stages of the plastics cycle (from production to consumption) will be brought together for a chance to share ideas and solutions to our common problem of plastics.
  • Oxford Electric Vehicle Show
    Saturday 15 June, Broad Street, 10am – 5pm
    Organised by Go Green Autos, Oxford City Council, Oxfordshire Green Tech, GreenTV, and sponsored by NIO. This event will see over 50 electric cars, vans and eBikes on display in Broad Street, (including the world’s fastest production electric car, the NIO-EP9). Attendees will be able to see the future of transport and talk to local owners about what it’s like to own and operate electric cars in and around Oxford.
  • Oxfordshire Reuses:  Zero Waste Festival
    Sunday 16 June, Oxford Town Hall, 12pm- 3pm
    Organised by Oxford Direct Services, Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council, Oxfordshire Reuses is Oxford’s largest ever swap shop and a one-of-a-kind zero waste festival where you can love your clothes and household goods and give them a new lease of life! The festival will feature a Swap shop, Repair Café, Food Surplus Café by Rose Hill Juniors Youth Club, various stalls, as well as upcycling workshops from Oxford Poetry Library, and workshops for kids.

Alongside these headline events, Oxford Green Week will have a range of pop up events taking place around the city throughout the week from various groups, businesses, and organisations.

Oxford Green Week is organised by the City Council and partners, Community Action Groups Project- CAG Oxfordshire, Good Food Oxford, Oxford Brookes University, Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust, University of Oxford, and Oxford Festival of the Arts.

Jo Colwell, Oxford City Council’s Environmental Sustainability Manager, said: “This year’s line for up Oxford Green Week aims to continue the success of previous years and to highlight the ways in which Oxford residents can get involved in taking local action against climate change. We have been working together with event organisers throughout the city to deliver an exciting range of events that everyone can enjoy.”

Nicole Lazarus, Head of One Planet Living at Bioregional, said: “We are thrilled that this year’s Oxford Green Week is centred on One Planet Living: a sustainability framework to help create a happier, healthier, and greener future. With the amazing successes of One Planet Oxfordshire – a project to create and implement a county-wide, stakeholder-led sustainability action plan – we think it’s the perfect time to celebrate! Join us on 11 June at Tap Social for our free One Planet Party, where we’ll have live music, canapés provided by a food surplus caterer, and the chance to see our finalised action plan. Even if you haven’t been involved in the project so far we’d love to have you along, to be inspired by what other Oxfordshire organisations have been doing, and to have a good time.”

Alexandra Mates, Recycling Promotions Officer, Oxford Direct Services, said: “I’m delighted that this year we could join our forces with Oxford Green Week. This is a great initiative that demonstrates the hard work done by our teams and by other green groups across the city towards zero waste, a sustainable economy, and a stable climate. We hope people can come to our free zero waste festival to help get inspired with ideas how to reduce waste”