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#BackClimateAction tweetathon

The UN, Microsoft and the WildlifeTrusts will be among a huge number of national and international organisations taking part in a global ‘tweetathon’ on climate change – and they want you to take part.

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Back Climate Action hashtag

The #BackClimateAction tweetathon has now finished and was a huge success thanks to all the partners, supporters, tweeters and watchers who got involved. Market research agency Ipsos Mori evaluated the impact of the tweetathon and their report is available on GOV.UK

The day started with the publication of a UK survey finding that 73% of people want leaders to agree a global deal on tackling climate change.

See a total overview of activity on DECC’s Storify feed. or get a flavour from each theme through our twitter collections:

#BackClimateAction - Cities, Homes, Business, Biodiversity

The UN, Microsoft and the Wildlife Trusts will be among a huge number of national and international organisations taking part in a global ‘tweetathon’ on climate change – and they want you to take part.

Scientists are clear, climate change is happening, it is one of the most serious threats facing the UK and we need to take action now – but from a cup of coffee to the car you drive how will it affect your day to day life?

Leading authorities will come together from across food, water, health, business, biodiversity, the natural environment, government, cities, homes and sport to talk about the impacts of climate change and the action that can be taken to tackle it – both in the UK and globally.

From 0900 until 1900 (GMT) on 25 November you can tweet your questions as well as find out what leaders in the field are thinking and doing on climate change.

#BackClimateAction - Health, Food, Water, Sport

Get involved using #BackClimateAction and follow @DECCgovuk.

The tweetathon will be broken down into hourly slots, one after another, each themed around a different subject such as health, cities and sport. There will be different experts for each session who will respond to your questions – via their own account on Twitter – about how climate change will impact the featured subject matter or the action that can be taken.

Government Departments involved alongside the Department of Energy and Climate Change include Department of Health, Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs, Ministry of Defence, Business Innovation and Skills and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The Met Office will be acting as advisors throughout the event, answering questions on the science of climate change.

The hourly themes are:

Time slot (GMT) Theme
0900 – 1000 DECC kicks off
1000 -1100 Health
1100 – 1200 Cities & Homes
1200 – 1300 Food & water
1300 – 1400 Sport
1400 – 1500 Biodiversity & natural environment
1500 – 1600 Business
1600 – 1700 UK Government
18.00 - 19.00 Security
1700 - 1900 International action

To send in a question contact us on twitter @deccgovuk #BackClimateAction

Help promote the tweetathon by signing up to our Thunderclap

Climate change explained

For more information about climate change, visit the climate change explained pages on GOV.UK

Supporters and partners

Our thanks go to the large number of #BackClimateAction partners and supporters including start-up charity Hubbub who have helped us gather this support; the list is growing all the time.

Partners & Supporters Twitter accounts
Microsoft @MicrosoftUK @Microsoft_Green
Unilever @Unilever
Marks & Spencer (Plan A) @marksandspencer @planamikebarry @adamelman
Nestle @Nestle @NestleUKNews
Siemens-Bosch @Siemens_Energy @Siemens @BoschGlobal
Mayor of Bristol, George Ferguson @GeorgeFergusonx @BristolCouncil
Climate Reality @ClimateReality
2020 Group @2020ClimateGrp
The Climate Group @ClimateGroup
Mondelez International @MDLZ
Innovate UK @innovate_uk
CBI @CBI_CC @CBItweets
BT @BTBetterFuture
Good Energy @GoodEnergy
2 Degrees @2degreesnetwork
Student hubs @studenthubs
Land Securities @LandSecurities
Global Pulse @UNGlobalPulse
Forest Green Rovers @FGRFC_official
Formula E @FIAformulaE
Bruno Senna @BSenna
Waitrose @Waitrose
Tesco @Tesco
Hubbub @HubbubUK
Anglian water @AnglianWater @AnglianWaterBus
Essex & Suffolk water @ESWH2O
Northumbrian Water @NorthumbrianH2O
Water Wise @Waterwise
Sky Bigger Picture @SkyBiggerPic
Natural History Museum @NHM_London
Barts – NHS @DalyFionadaly1
British Medical Association @TheBMA
Wildlife Trusts @wildlifetrusts
The Environment Agency @EnvAgency
Natural England @NaturalEngland
English Heritage @EnglishHeritage
South Downs @SouthDownsVG
Food & Drinks Federation @FoodandDrinkFed
Defra @Defragovuk
Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) @OLEVgovuk
NHS Sustainable Day @DayforAction
Economic & Social Research Council @ESRC
Centre for Climate Change and Economic Policy @CCCEP
Committee on Climate Change @theCCCuk
Royal Society @royalsociety
The Student Room @tsrmatters
The Science Museum @sciencemuseum
Sir Mark Walport, CSA @uksciencechief
Rear Admiral, Dr David Titley (USA army) @DWTitley
Real Admiral Neil Morisetti Using @DECCgovuk
World Food Programme @WFP
New Climate Economy @NewClimateEcon
UNFCCC @UN_ClimateTalks @Nick_Nuttall
Royal Challengers Bangalore @RCBTweets
RSPB @Natures_Voice
Sustainable Development Unit @sduhealth
Tck Tck Tck @tcktcktck
Healthy Planet @Healthy_Planet
Centre of Sustainable Healthcare @SusHealthcare
Engineering UK / Tomorrows Engineers @Tomorrows_Eng @BigBangFair
National Union of Stu’dents @NUSuk
PriceWaterCoopers @pwcclimateready
Meat Free Monday @meatfreemonday
Foreign and Commonwealth Office @FCO_climate
Ministry of Defence @DefenceHQ
Department of Health @DeptHealthPress
Department of Business and Skills @BISgovuk
Global Climate Health Alliance @GCHAlliance
British Embassy - Brazil @UKinBrazil
British Embassy - USA @UKinUSA
Published 14 November 2014
Last updated 8 December 2014 + show all updates
  1. Updated with collections for each hour of the tweetathon.
  2. Partner twitter accounts added.
  3. The Environment Agency and Natural England join the #BackClimateAction Tweetathon.
  4. More partners taking part.
  5. First published.