St Albans Sustainability Festival engaging people all over district with events
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Visitors have been enjoying an array of different events as part of the ongoing St Albans Sustainability Festival.
After a successful start last week, the festival has ploughed ahead with a jam-packed schedule of activities and events, including a sustainable cooking lesson by The Cobbled Kitchen, a Bees and Trees talk run by Sandridge Parish Council, and a Riverfly Demo on the River Ver with the Ver Valley Society.
There was also an opportunity for children to meet foodwaste truck Munch The Hungry Lorry, a Dog Walk with The Business Community St Albans, a forest skills workshop run by local Woodcraft Folk, a Sustainable Living Talk at St Paul's church, and a screening of a documentary by Leonardo DiCaprio called Before the Flood.
Additionally, there was a brunch powered 100 per cent by renewable energy at Charlie's Coffee and Company, which was run with Chappell and Caldwell.
Café owner Charlie Powell said afterwards: "I truly believe in the quote 'every time you spend money you're casting a vote for the kind of world you want'."
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There were also more than 200 people at an Upcycling and Repair Fair at St Luke's Church in Cell Barnes Lane, and 30 people who watched a film at The Cafe on the Corner about how the Camphill Village Trust supports adults with learning disabilities.
Daylight Club also prepared a locally sourced vegetarian meal and the Nude Tin Can gallery exhibited sculptures made from recycled materials.
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On May 19, the festival hosted its central event - a Market Takeover of St Peter's Street, with more than 60 stalls from business and charities.
Attendees could see electric cars, learn about low carbon shopping, listen to live music and eat street food.
One of the organisers of the Market Takeover, Craig Scudder, said: "Maybe things have turned a corner with all the media coverage of environmental issues over the last few weeks, or maybe I just underestimated how many people care about the community they live in, but either way it was a joy to see the thousands of people and families having a great time finding out about all manner of environmentally friendly causes and products."
During the market event, Extinction Rebellion St Albans held a funeral march to protest the potential death of the planet.
Chair of the festival organising group, Catherine Ross, said: "It's half way through the Sustainability Festival, and we're delighted with how it is going.
"SustFest is a fun festival with a very serious purpose; helping local people live more sustainably."
The festival is organised by Sustainable St Albans and St Albans Friends of the Earth and runs until June 1.
Visit www.sustainablestalbans.org for the programme.