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Immerse yourself in The Waterline Summit 'living lab'

22 November 2019

Immerse yourself in The Waterline Summit 'living lab'

A 'living lab' will be the centrepiece of a ground-breaking event positioning the Humber at the forefront of the fight against climate change.

Visitors to The Waterline Summit at Hull’s Bonus Arena on Thursday, November 28, will be able to immerse themselves in the rising levels of water across the globe and learn more about the projects to build flood resilience.

The Waterline Stand, which is designed to mirror a house on stilts, will showcase the collaborative work of Marketing Humber, Yorkshire Water and the University of Hull. This includes Living with Water, a partnership between the Environment Agency, Hull City Council, East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Yorkshire Water to make Hull and the East Riding more resilient to flooding.

Visitors will also be able to pick up tips for their own 'flood kit' while the sound of rain in the background will provoke conversation about the feelings it generates.

Lynnsey Pilmer, Communications and Engagement Manager for Yorkshire Water, who leads the Living with Water project, said: “The Waterline Summit is an amazing opportunity for us to widen the net to network with businesses, the community and schools.

“We are absolutely delighted to be a Principal Partner from a Yorkshire Water point of view and thrilled we will be able to share some of our key messages.

“We need to open our minds to new ideas and possibilities and embrace the benefits of a region surrounded by water. Our vision is adaptive green spaces that can be used as temporary lagoons in the event of heavy rains. We see innovative, aspirational, eco housing developments and business parks centred around water.

“Inspired by Asia’s futuristic green parks, these will be a ground-breaking UK first and aid these regeneration ambitions.  We have a vision that helps us to live in harmony with water, bringing financial security and natural life-enhancing solutions that benefit everyone.

“The opportunities are endless when it comes to Living with Water and we invite you to be a part of it.”

People who visit the stand will also be able to make pledges as part of The Waterline campaign for what they intend to do to reduce their carbon use and take a Buckthorn whip away with them, which can be planted to absorb water.

The Buckthorn element supports Hull West and Hessle MP Emma Hardy’s campaign to bring back more biodiversity to the region by enhancing the Brimstone butterfly population and make the area a greener place to live.

Based on the popular 80s television gameshow Play Your Cards Right, visitors will be also be asked to guess which items have the bigger carbon footprint, raising awareness of the carbon content in everyday goods.

 

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