Environment: News & Events

Sign up to God’s Green Fingers, an Environment newsletter created by the Diocese of Leeds, this regional version has many relevant resources, news and events.

News

Newcastle Diocese registers to become an Eco Diocese

We are excited to announce that the Diocese of Newcastle has registered to become an Eco Diocese. Find out more about Eco Diocese and how you can help us to reach our Bronze award here.

Carbon Net Zero 2030

In November, Diocesan Synod decided to amend our environmental policy to aim to reduce our carbon emissions to net zero by 2030, to reflect General Synod’s motion to become a carbon neutral church by 2030. To find out more:

Training

The Bible and Ecology Course

A five-week course facilitated by Revd Ruth Newton of the Diocese of Leeds on behalf of the North East Churches Environment group.

How is Christianity responding to the challenge of the Climate Crisis?
What are the connections between ecological concerns and faith?
Does the Bible help or hinder us when thinking about creation-care?

These are some of the questions addressed in The Bible and Ecology Course. Using online material from the University of Exeter, you will have the chance to hear from expert theologians in this area, followed by discussion in a local group.

Sessions via Zoom each Thursday on 1 July, 8 July, 15 July, 22 July and 29 July from 7.30-9pm.

Revd Ruth Newton is parish priest of St John’s, Sharow, near Ripon and author of Greeningthelectionary.net. Ruth is studying for a Doctorate in eco-theology and mission. She is member of the Church of England General Synod and Area Environment Champion for Ripon Episcopal Area (South).

To register, please contact the North East Churches Ecumenical Environment group at regionalofficer@necat.co.uk. Places are limited.

Church of England Environment Programme

The Church of England Environment Programme is running training webinars on various topics under three themes. All webinars are free to attend, although they require booking in advance:

Eco Church webinars

There are four different training webinars on Eco Church, from an introduction to the scheme to working towards an award, and specific sessions on the buildings and land sections of the Eco Church survey. Speaker: Helen Stephens, Church Relations Manager at A Rocha UK. Book your place here.

Carbon Net Zero webinars
These webinars on reducing carbon emissions and low carbon technologies are designed to be 'technical webinars for non-technical people', they do not require any prior knowledge and are aimed at a wide range of people including those running cathedrals, institutions, individual clergy, church wardens and parishioners who want to make changes to their churches. To see the full programme of future topics (a wide range from solar panels to heating solutions) and book online click here.

Nature & Land webinars
During Churches Count on Nature week, the Church of England Environment Programme ran a special series of webinars on different aspects of land and nature for a church audience. You can take a look at the programme here: you will find recordings of all the webinars on Youtube, from help with managing trees and grasslands, introductions to ecology and biological recording, to pointers for outdoor worship and Eco Church.

Campaigning

COP26 Relay

Young Christian Climate Network is organising a relay between the G7 in Cornwall, June, and COP26 in Glasgow, November. Their vision is to drive climate finance up the agenda of these meetings, where world leaders will come together to make decisions that will determine the degree of impact that climate change will bear on people and on our planet.

They’d love for you to help by joining the YCCN’s ‘Relay to COP26’ any way that you can. Dates, route, and sign-up to take on part of the relay route can all be found here.  All ages are welcome to take part and there are a wide variety of volunteer roles. Head to yccn.uk to get involved.

 

The Climate Emergency Toolkit

This is a route map for your church or organisation to declare a climate emergency and respond to the climate crisis. Step by step, the Climate Emergency Toolkit guides your church through simple, powerful actions to prepare, declare and have an impact in your community.

You can download the pack or for more information click here

 

 

Young Christian Climate Network

The Young Christian Climate Network is a community of Christians in the UK aged 18-30, choosing to follow Jesus in the pursuit of climate justice. The ecumenical network has members from the Anglican, Methodist, Baptist and Quaker traditions. 

Follow YCCN on TwitterFacebook and Instagram (@YCCNetwork). 

 

Charities and Organisations

Climate change and pollution impacts the poorest in our local and global community, many Christian organisations are engaged in campaigning for climate justice:

  • Tearfund works with local partner churches to help beat poverty and the impact of climate change.
  • Christian Aid runs campaigns petitioning parliament and supporting research and work across the world into the effects of climate change.
  • Hope for the Future provides training and support for churches to engage with their local MP about climate change.
  • Operation Noah is a Christian charity working with the Church to inspire action on the climate crisis.
  • Green Christian supports various campaigns, currently these include topics such as sustainable economics, climate emergency, fair trade and organic products and protecting endangered habitats in the rainforest.
  • A Rocha UK’s Wild Christian scheme practical actions for individuals and families to explore the connection between Christian faith and the natural environment.


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