A year-long programme of events and activities to celebrate and highlight the natural environment of The Living Coast: Brighton and Lewes Downs’ UNESCO designated world Biosphere, is being launched next month.
Launched by a coalition of local environmental and cultural organisations and supported by Brighton & Hove City Council, Nature2020 aims to actively engage more people in the conservation of local nature, supporting people from all walks of life to learn about, enjoy and care for The Living Coast.
Nature2020 also marks the end of the UN Decade on Biodiversity, and provides an opportunity to reflect on the state of wildlife and conservation both globally and locally.
World class environment
“UNESCO World Biospheres are designated as global examples of sustainable development, with nature conservation, environmental engagement and education as part of their key purpose,” said Sarah Dobson, The Living Coast Biosphere Programme Manager.
“Nature2020 is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to celebrate and learn about our world class environment of Downs, towns and coast, bringing people and nature together to inspire a positive future, today. Together we are ‘The Living Coast.’”
The Nature2020 steering group includes:
- Brighton & Hove City Council
- University of Brighton
- Dorothy Stringer School
- Royal Pavilion & Museums
- Sussex Wildlife Trust
- University of Sussex
- The Living Coast (TLC)
- Big Nature
- Butterfly Conservation Sussex
Networking event on Wednesday 9 October
Local organisations and groups are invited to host events as part of Nature2020. Any organisation interested in taking part is welcome to attend the Nature2020 pre-launch networking event at the University of Brighton’s Grand Parade cafe at 4.30pm on Wednesday 9 October.
The event will be facilitated by the steering group and there will also be free kombucha provided by Old Tree.
Brighton & Hove’s Royal Pavilion and Museums will be holding a series of events, displays and activities to celebrate The Living Coast, and encourage a greater engagement in environmental issues.
The programme will include talks and themed activities, family-friendly free days at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, Discovery days at the Booth Museum, and exhibitions at Brighton and Hove Museums.
Councillor Alan Robins, chair of the council’s Tourism, Equalities, Communities and Culture Committee said: “We believe that museums should be at the heart of our communities, celebrating the places we live in and engaging in issues that affect us all.
“That’s why we are delighted that all three of our museums will be actively involved in Nature2020, hosting a variety of activities, events and exhibitions that explore the natural world and encourage us to live healthier lives in harmony with our unique local environment.”