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Sophia Walker is a BBC Slam Champion and an internationally renowned poet and teaching artist. She was commissioned by the United Nations to perform a piece on the human impacts of climate change at COP21.

SustainableUEA brought Sophia to Norwich and UEA as part of a wider ‘Voices from COP21’ programme at the University of East Anglia in December 2015.

The event was recorded, and the powerful poem itself is below:


Other former CHAIN events since June 2015

Organised by CHAIN unless otherwise stated

Norwich Climate Week

15-21 June 2015

A week of raising awareness for climate change and start creating a momentum to lobby politicians in the run up to the climate negotiations in December. Events: 
  • Monday, 15th June, Friends Meeting House - Film + Local speakers on what climate change means for us as Norwich residents and what we can do about it.
  • Wednesday 17th of June, Houses of Parliament - London Climate Lobby: members of CHAIN met our MPs and talked to them about the required actions to tackle climate change.
  • Thursday 18th June, Haymarket (marquee) - Films shown from United Nations, Live Earth & Years of Living dangerously; leafletting and discussion with public

Years of Living Dangerously, Series 1

Oct-Nov 2015

All films from the first series screened every Sunday at Cinema City

Live Earth Norwich - 24 hours of climate reality

13th & 14th Nov 2015

CHAIN members maintained a 24 hour vigil outside The Forum, showing films and talking to the public, during negotiations for the historic Paris Climate Agreement.

Climate March, London

29 Nov 2015

Two coaches organised from Norwich to the Climate Coalition's march in London

"Moving a Mountain"

2 Dec 2015

Film showing & public discussion event at UEA

Science Day and One Planet Weekend

Sat 12 & Sun 13 Mar 2016

CHAIN had stalls and played interactive educational games with children and all ages at The Science and Faith All Ages Day (Cathedral 12th), Science Day (Castle 12th) and One Planet Day (Forum 13th).

Also, on the Sunday, Dr Jo Veltman and James Graham introduced 'Fracking: Friend or Foe? All you Need to Know', a film and discussion in the Forum Auditorium.

5 Years of a Frack-free UK

21 May 2016

All day celebration/fundraising event at The Missing Shoe. Magdalen Street Celebration

8 Oct 2016

At CHAIN's stall we displayed a large painting of Norwich-by-the-Sea!

Stop Barclays Fracking Week of Action

26 Oct onwards 2016

We maintained a presence outside Barclays bank, encouraging customers, and other passers-by, to sign a petition and/or letter objecting to Barclays ownership of fracking company Third Energy, which was aiming to drill in Ryedale, North Yorkshire.

'For the Love of', Haymarket stall

18 Feb 2017

Stall to tie in with the national For The Love Of campaign - leafletting/information, activities and talking with the public.

Earth Day, Stand Up For Climate Science

22 April 2017

All day event organised by CHAIN with input/stalls from Greenpeace, Norfolk Wildlife Trust, RSPB and Norwich Community Solar outside the Forum. Included guest speakers, some fantastic music from Norwich-based Samba musicians and a long roll-out time-line showing the last few thousand years of temperature - illustrating that the temperature increases of the last few decades are absolutely unprecedented.

Green Film Festival

3-6 May 2017

Co-hosted with Sustainability UEA, including films and speakers at the UEA Enterprise Centre. Included Climate Cafe and panel discussion 'Stand Up for the Earth: Environmental Advocacy in Film and Media' hosted by CHAIN. the One Planet Festival

6-7 May 2017

Stall at Norwich City Council's annual environment themed event.

Speak Up Week: Write to your election candidates - Get serious about energy and climate change and stop damaging subsidies!

June & July 2017

Online campaign giving people the means and information to write to their MPs during the 2017 national election.

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

7 Aug 2017

Screening by Cinema City at which CHAIN had an information stall.

Years of Living Dangerously, Series 2

25 Oct-22 Nov 2017

CHAIN screened the second series at UEA, with guest speakers at each weekly event incl Dr Mayer Hillman.

Plan B Earth legal action

Dec 2017

Committee member and CHAIN founder Dr Jo Veltman joins other UK citizens in taking the government to court over failure to ally its climate change target with science or its legal obligations. Crowd funding campaign launched.

Local Planning & the Climate Challenge

22 Feb 2018

At Anteros Art Centre, Norwich: Panel event with brought together several speakers from different backgrounds to discuss how the forthcoming Greater Norwich Local Plan could address climate change.

(Wed 28 Feb, protest at North Sea Conference abandoned - we couldn't get there due to deep snow/extreme weather! The conference was also cancelled)

Plan B court hearing

20 Mar 2018

CHAIN members attended a demonstration, and the court hearing itself, supporting the Plan B court case at the Royal Courts of Justice in London.

The Clock is's time for Plan B

13 June 2018

CHAIN held a well-attended public meeting at Anteros Arts Foundation with guest speaker and Plan B Director, Tim Crosland. The meeting was chaired by Asher Minns of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.

Following work with the press, the next day Radio Norfolk news led with the story of local doctor, Jo Veltman, being among those citizens taking the government to court. Jo and Asher Minns were interviewed and the radio station held on phone-in on climate change.

We demand a future! Plan B Climate Lawsuit

Wed 4 July

The CHAIN contingent did Norwich proud at the demonstration in support of the Plan B lawsuit at the Royal Courts of Justice. Most also attended the hearing (with a bus load of school children from Lowestoft also in attendance!)

Speak Up Week

1-8 July 2018

Online campaign in which CHAIN asked people to lobby their MP to do the following:
- sign the cross party letter asking the Prime Minister to set a net zero emissions target in line with the Paris Agreement;
- to pledge public support for the Plan B Climate Lawsuit;
- to support and sign the Early Day Motion by Caroline Lucas asking MPs to debate the downgrading of the Climate Change Act in the draft revised National Planning Policy Framework (the former status of the  Climate Change Act in the NPPF was subsequently reinstated)

'An Economy Fit for the Future?'

Panel event: Clive Lewis talks climate change, and other parties respond
March 2019. The Forum, Norwich

Panel included: Norwich South Labour MP Clive Lewis, Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, outlining proposals he is developing for Labour’s policies on the issue. Responding for other parties were: Conservative councillor John Fisher, Chair of the Environmental Excellence Panel for Broadland District Council and Chair of Norwich Highways Agency Committee; Liberal Democrat councillor Trevor Lewis; Sandra Bogelein, former Green Party councillor for Wensum ward in Norwich.

2019 Green Film Festival @UEA

Fri 10 May at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery
Thurs 16-18 May at The Enterprise Centre, UEA

The Green Film Festival @UEA is an exciting programme of free screenings and events, presenting and bringing together intersecting interests in environmental issues and film.

Organisers: Dr Christine Cornea (UEA School of Art, Media and American Studies); SustainableUEA; Climate Hope Action in Norfolk (CHAIN); Norwich Greenpeace.

Crisis, Action, Hope:
The Great North Norfolk Climate Debate

Thurs 26 September 2019
St Andrews Methodist Church, Sheringham

Leading North Norfolk candidates from Liberal Democrats, Conservatives, Labour & Greens discussed climate change, how to fight it and how we need to change

Panel included: Karen Ward (LD), Duncan Baker (Con), Martin Langsdon (Lab), Mark Taylor (Green) + presentation from Dr Hayley Pinto, Chair of CHAIN (Climate Hope Action In Norfolk)

CHAIN Petition: Norfolk local councils must act on the climate emergency

November 2019

Signed by 2655 people, the petition called on Norfolk County Council and Norwich City Council to: declare a climate emergency; mobilize resources to prioritize mitigation of and adaptation to climate change to protect the people of Norfolk; set and update emissions reduction targets in line with the latest science; scrap projects not consistent with these targets; introduce a program to educate the population and council staff about climate change; work with other councils to share best practice and lobby national government to act and help local government do more to respond to the climate crisis.

The Climate Election: Candidates on the Climate Emergency

St Mary Magdalene’s Church, Silver Road, Friday 29 November 2019

Panel included Prospective Parliamentary Candidates: Chloe Smith Conservative, Norwich North, Jess Barnard Labour, Broadland, Dave Thomas Lib Dem, Norwich North, Adrian Holmes Green, Norwich North + presentation from Dr Hayley Pinto, Chair of CHAIN

Climate change is here – what now?

Public meeting with cross-party panel including George Freeman MP
Friday 24th February 2023, Wymondham Central Hall

Local MP George Freeman and representatives from Labour, Liberal Democrats and Greens discuss climate change, how to fight it and how we need to change

Panel included: George Freeman MP Conservative; Michael Rosen Labour; Cllr Suzanne Nuri-Nixon Liberal Democrat; Catherine Rowett Green Party + presentation from Dr Hayley Pinto of CHAIN + questions from the audience


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