Plans are well under way across the Portsmouth area for this year’s One World Week. We’ve been celebrating the week for years with community meals, music and dance, sharing food and learning about issues of global concern.
This year, the week runs from 22-29 October but we won’t have all our events during the week because we’re happy to have the Journeys Festival taking place in Portsmouth from 19-29 and we don’t want to clash.
There’s a different theme every year and this year it’s Good Neighbours – My World Depends on Us.
Obviously, being a “good neighbour” can mean lots of different things including reaching out to other people and creating new links. It can also mean thinking about the effects of our actions on neighbours overseas. Is it fair to dump our rubbish, buy ridiculously cheap clothing, refuse to pay a fair price for our fruit?
We’re still getting ideas together for October but we’ll definitely have some events exploring issues around food (locally and globally) Fairtrade gold, the Sustainable Development Goals and support for refugees and asylum seekers. We also hope to get perspectives on being a good neighbour from different faiths and to show people how they can get involved with building a better world.
What we’re also trying to do via Campaign Exchange is to make it easy for local groups to organise their own events like a shared meal, an activity evening or a speaker or film .
You can find out more about One World Week and link to the official site in our Campaigns section and you can see ideas for films and speakers plus events throughout the month under resources. Do have a look and see what you could do!