Fossil Free Future – 31st May 2014

On Saturday May 31st Fossil Free Oxfordshire’s disinvestment campaign will be marching from the Radcliffe Camera to Bonn Square in support of a fossil free future!

The Rev Hugh Lee, former Rector of St Michael’s at the Northgate, will be speaking at the Rally.

The University of Oxford and Oxfordshire Councils both invest millions of pounds into this the fossil fuel industry – and the campaign is calling on them to join the international movement to divest from fossil fuels, and invest in a fossil free future.

Saturday 31st May 2014 – 11am at Radcliffe Camera – Walk to Bonn Sq for 12pm

This will be a family-friendly, music filled action  – register at www.facebook.com/events/713467618706023/

It makes no sense to invest in companies which undermine our future” – Desmond Tutu

For details of a campaign in support of Fossil Free Churches see: http://www.operationnoah.org/fossilfueldisinvestment

 

Oxfordshire Green Open Homes – May 2014

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Oxfordshire Green Open Homes is a great opportunity for people to engage with their local community about climate change. You could open up your own home to the scheme – or visit someones home locally to see what you could do in your own.

  • Find a local Green Open Home

Visit greenopenhomes.net

  • Open up your own Green Home

By opening your home to show Solar PVs or a new boiler you will have an opportunity to inspire visitors to take action to address climate change.  You can also take part to promote any lifestyle changes or low cost improvements, such as turning down the heating, putting foil behind radiators, wearing an extra jumper, or taking the bike instead of the car. The minimum requirement is to be open for just 2 hours.  If you’d like to take part please contact Lois Muddiman at The Low Carbon Hub for further details using the contact form below or call 01865 246099.

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May + June 2014 events in Milton Keynes

Two events coming up in Milton Keynes, organised by the MK Christian Environment Group…

Joy In Enough – Tuesday 6th May at 8.00pm

An informal evening focused on the theme of the recent Christian Ecology Link conference, that will explore the proposition that the pursuit of growth economics does not take into account planetary constraints, nor does having more and more posessions deliver satisfaction for those who already have enough.

There will be a short video Enough is Enough, based on the book of the same name by authors Rob Dietz and Dan O’Neill, lecturer in Environmental and Ecological Economics at the University of Leeds and chief economist for CASSE (the Center for the Advancement of Steady State Economics) – and a discussion on a Christian response, including CEL’s own Joy in Enough project.

Wicken Fen – Saturday 21st June

MKCEG group are planning a visit to Wicken Fen to explore Britain’s oldest nature reserve and the amazing variety of wildlife it supports – over 8500 species of plants birds and dragonflies. There will be a short introductory talk, possible boat trip and walk.

Please let David Miller know as soon as possible if you would like to join MKEG for either event by using the contact form below:

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Building the Will for Action – 7th May 2014

Christiana Figueres_Event Flyer Climate Change: Building the Will for Action

The United Nations, churches, investors, security experts and environmentalists came together at St Paul’s Cathedral to highlight the pressing importance of collective action on climate change.

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change,  shared her views on the challenges faced, highlighting what faith communities, the City and the UK at large can do to help. A panel of distinguished speakers identified the impact of climate change on their sector and, along with questions from the audience, helped to build the will for political action.

Panelists included:

  • Rear Admiral Neil Morisetti (former UK Climate and Energy Security Envoy)
  • Dr Tony Juniper (Author and Environmentalist)
  • Investment speaker TBC.
  • Chaired by Bishop James Jones (former Bishop of Liverpool)

A video of the evening is available online:

The event was organised by Shrinking the Footprint, St paul’s Institute, CCLA and CIG.
www.stpaulsinstitute.org.uk/videos/2014/may/07/climate-change-building-the-will-for-action-christiana

Low Carbon Oxford Week – 14-22 June 2014

bgrtfeccuaekvgj-jpg-largeThe week of 14-22 June will see a wide variety of inspiring events popping up all over Oxford city – from film showings to food fairs; ‘schwopping’ to super-local suppers; cycling to upcycling – there will be something on offer for everyone and the whole of Oxford is invited.

The Diocese of Oxford is a Pathfinder member of Low Carbon Oxford, and is encouraging churches in Oxford are encouraged to get involved in one of the following ways:

  • Register an existing‘green’ event happening during LCO Week – eg weekly farmers market, bike rides, webinars
  • Add a ‘green’ theme to existing events during LCO Week – eg ‘green’ sermons, upcycling activities in schools
  • Work with other organisations to put on a special event for LCO Week – eg film showings, gigs, talks, open days, tours
  • Provide a free venue – eg a shop window for some artwork, a lecture theatre for a talk or a café for a film showing
  • Donate a prize to the LCO Week upcycling competition
  • Promote Low Carbon Oxford Week on Twitter and Facebook

Find out more at the Low Carbon Oxford Week website.

Contact Jenny Carr on 01865 252564 to discuss how you can get involved.

Reconnecting church and earth in the 21st century – 29th April 2014

The Bishop of Dorchester is hosting the “Reconnecting church and earth in the 21st century” event at Dorchester Abbey on Tuesday April 29t 2014, 10am to 3.30pm.

In the biblical story of creation in Genesis the writer pictures humankind being formed from the earth and at the same time given responsibility for the creation. That theological metaphor shapes and determines the Christian’s understanding of our relationship to and stewardship of the earth. The purpose of our gathering will be to discover afresh how the church can continue to connect with the issues facing the land and the environment, and particularly build a partnership with the earth trust.

During the day we shall hear about the work of the earth trust at Little Wittenham, an update from the Environment Adviser, Matt Freer, and an introduction about the new Thames Path Pilgrimage from Sarah Meyrick (Strategic Adviser to the Bishop of Oxford and Diocesan Director of Communications).

The Bishop of Dorchester explains that: “The idea for this event arose after an excellent visit I had to the Earth Trust last autumn. I am keen not only to link the work the Earth Trust is doing with our churches and church schools in the diocese. I hope this event will go some way towards building stronger links. I hope you will be able to join me for this day!”

Full details here.

To book your place please contact Glyn Evans – the Diocesan Rural Officer – by April 11th using the form below:
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Earth & Faith in Faringdon

EARTH & FAITH is a new ecumenical project for Churches Together in Faringdon, launching in May 2014.

EARTH & FAITH will be a focus group among the Faringdon churches, to help us develop our understanding and care of the environment.

As a pilot project, we are planning one whole year of monthly events – plenty of opportunities to:

  • celebrate the gifts of God in Creation
  • discover the interdependence of the natural world, including ourselves
  • learn about our human impact on ecological systems
  • resist apathy and despondency about ecological problems
  • find grounds for living in hope for the future of the Earth.

There are of course many interest groups in the neighbourhood that care about the environment, and some church members belong to these already. Our new group will not try to reinvent the wheel, but we do hope to be a channel of information and ideas from other sources to the churches, and a witness to our neighbours of the churches’ concern for these issues.

A small steering committee meets for the first time in April to begin to plan the programme. First events in early summer.

For further details and to get involved please contact Pam de Wit, member of All Saints Faringdon, using the form below:

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