A very fishy Big Green Week
Well the BIG Green Week has finally drawn to a close, and what a week it was! Let's hope it can become an annual event on the Bristol Calender. Huge congratulations to Paul Rainger and Darren Hall, Forum for the Future, the army of volunteers and the 40,000 visitors that took part in a truly inspiring week.
As a Cabot Institute Knowledge Exchange Fellow at the University of Bristol, the event provided some great opportunities for me to talk to the public about the work we are doing on the Future of Fisheries and effects of climate change on fish and marine ecosystems (full details here). Our first event was at the Saturday Bristol's BIG Market, where a team of us ran a Future of Fisheries stall on St Stephen's Avenue with fishing for children (and several over-competitive adults!), 13 species of UK fish to hold, poke and investigate, and displays about our research on the recent effects of climate change on European fisheries and predictions of f…
As part of our contribution to Bristol's first BIG Green Week, we wanted to put on a public event that got people discussing both Cabot's research and the interdisciplinary approach we take. We came up with an event called 'Patterns of change', where we asked people from across Cabot's research areas of science, social science and engineering to tell a story of how something they study is changing across space or over time.
A wide remit, which led to a fascinating and far-ranging evening of presentations and discussion.
Professor Jonathan Bamber spoke about his work on the diminishing 'frozen planet' and implications for sea level rise. Professor Kathy Cashman spoke about the awesome havoc volcanoes wreak on the human and natural environment and the ways people have come to live with their eruptive neighbours. Professor Colin Taylor spoke about a new way of looking at resilience to natural hazards that needs not only strong buildings but strong relationshi…
Saturday saw us on a stall in Bristol City Centre shouting
about climate change and sustainable fish.
We had a brilliant time meeting with members of the public and engaging
them in an important issue. Our marine
biologist, Steve Simpson was on hand to answer the more difficult questions
posed. We also had a ‘sea’, full of (rubber) fish which big and small children could
catch. On the bottom of each fish was
the name of a species which was lying in an ice box on our stand. Having real fish on display was great to make
learning about sustainable fish fun and engaging, even if people just came over
to point at the fish and say ‘eurgh!’ - we got them thinking about their fish
Steering Group meeting was had on Monday.
We discussed public engagement activities, had an update from Jonty Rougier on BRISK activities and talked about gaps in Cabot’s expertise.
We have launched the Cabot Open Call for 2012/13. We have pots of money available for
A brilliant (and breezy!) time was had by us at Big Green Week on Saturday 9 June 2012. Apart from our umbrella blowing over in the wind and collapsing the whole stand, we made a quick recovery and had a very successful day.
We had our marine biologist, Steve Simpson, on hand to talk to people about sustainable fish and how climate change is affecting what fish we should eat.
Big and little kids got involved by catching a fish from our small sea and finding out about and seeing the real fish from the seas around Britain.