Food 4 Thought: UWE helps reveal our carbon footprint

Issue date: 13 June 2013


Bristol Festival of Nature, Bristol Harbourside

Saturday June 15 10.00 – 18.00

Sunday June 16 11.00 – 17.00

UWE Bristol is taking part in the UK's largest free natural history event, the Bristol Festival of Nature, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this summer.

Organised by the Bristol Natural History Consortium, of which UWE is a founding member, the Festival provides a variety of interactive activities for secondary schools and family audiences.

Pupils from across the South West will enjoy a special day just for schools on Friday 14 June. Everyone is welcome between 10am and 6pm on Saturday and from 11am to 5pm on Sunday and entry is free.

UWE will be providing a whole range of activities delivered by experts and students from across the University. These will be suitable for all the family and will be both fun and informative.

Its experts will be providing hands-on demonstrations including:

· the use of glowing bacteria in cancer research

· measuring people's pedal power

· the UWE 'Food 4 Thought' food mart which gives an insight into the carbon and water footprints associated with many items that we buy in supermarkets

Dr Darren Reynolds said, “This Festival will provide a fantastic opportunity for people to come and find out more about some of things that we are doing here at UWE. We want to showcase some of our research and teaching activities that help to advance knowledge and transform futures.

“Food security and food waste, cancer research, exercise and health are just a few of the many activities that people can find out more about.”

This year the Festival's themes are the natural world, wildlife, conservation, sustainability, people and planet. It will give wildlife enthusiasts of all ages the opportunity to explore and enjoy the natural world in the heart of the city.

The Festival of Nature is now in its 10th year and has attracted tens of thousands of people since it began, helping to ensure Bristol's worldwide reputation for natural history communication.

It was named 'Tourism Event of the Year 2011' in the Bristol Tourism and Hospitality Industry Awards 2011, and was awarded Bronze in the Tourism Event of the Year category at the South West Tourism Excellence Awards 2011-2012.

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