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Local Events
17 Jan Climate Change and the Rural Environment Skipton, 7.30pm. More.

17 Jan Community led housing for Abbey Mills
Leeds 7.30pm. More

23 Jan Black carbon from nano scale to global scale Leeds Uni, 3.30pm. More

29 Jan Developing and securing finance for low carbon energy projects Leeds, 8am. More

14 Feb Perspectives on Pilgrimage LCI, 2pm. More

21 Feb Knaresborough Forest: Past, Present and Future 7.30pm. Details

25 Feb Modelling Long-term Changes in Climate, Ice Sheets and Sea Level Leeds Uni, 4pm. More

2 Mar Tree Planting Day Yorkshire Dales. More

3 Mar Fairtrade Breakfast Bradford Cathedral 8.45am. Details

11 Mar Stations of Lament Pilgrimage 2pm. More

23 Mar Monitoring Human CO2 Emissions Leeds Uni. More

29 May BioBlitz York Cemetry, YO10 5AJ. More
National Events
2 Feb Caring for Our Common Home Day conference, Keswick. More
5-24 Feb Show the Love Campaign More

23 Feb Training Day: Intro to Christian Climate Action, Extinction Rebellion and Non-Violent Direct Action London. More

25 Feb-10 Mar Fairtrade Fortnight More

30 Mar How to go Greener Day Beverley. Details

30 Mar Earth Hour 8.30pm. More

27 Apr Rewilding CRES Day Conference. Oxford. More

11 May Meditation and Hope amidst Climate Chaos London. More
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January 2019 - Issue 22
Welcome to this bumper edition of the bi-monthly environment e-news. From local to global, there is plenty of good news to share and new resources, magazine articles and eco-tips for you to kick start your green 2019. 

Jemima Parker,
Diocesan Environment Officer
Local News
All Powered Up - Environment Conference Lights the Way
More than 60 delegates from churches across the north of England have been at Wakefield Cathedral learning about better ways to heat and light churches in a more sustainable and environmentally friendly way. Read more

How can Leeds do more to Tackle Climate Change?
Faith leaders from across the city came together at Leeds Church Institute to eat, discuss and hear from eminent speakers on faith, climate and loving Leeds. Read more and listen to the podcast here

Solar Helps Cut Cathedral Carbon
Bradford Cathedral's solar panels were installed 8 years ago and have saved 20 tonnes of carbon emissions. This year, the cathedral will be hosting an Eco Extravaganza on Saturday 19th October as part of its centenary celebrations. Read more

 Lights Up Christmas
A major lighting refurbishment, giving better lighting with a lower carbon footprint, at Christ Church Sowerby Bridge was completed just in time for the local school carol service. More
120,000 Plastic Cups a Year to be Saved

St Aidan's Church of England High School, Harrogate has this term stopped using plastic cups and asked students to bring water bottles. Read more
Faith Communities Plant Roots Together in Bradford
The Very Reverend Jerry Lepine, Dean of Bradford, braved the bad weather to join other members of the city's faith communities in establishing a new urban forest in Bradford as part of the Eco Church project. Click here
National News
 Outcomes of the COP24 Climate talks at Katowice

While CAFOD and other Christian groups were among demonstrators outside the 2 week long UN Climate Conference in Poland in December, what was actually achieved? Read more
  Major Shake up to UK Environmental Legislation
In December, the Environment Secretary published draft clauses on environmental principles and governance to be included in an Environment Bill set for introduction next year. Read more. Call to take action here

Faith Leaders meet MPs to mark 10th Anniversary
The Climate Coalition held a celebration of the Climate Change Act in Parliament, attended by many faith leaders, celebrating all that's been achieved and calling for a net zero target in legislation. More
Poorest Countries Ripped off by Climate Insurance
A new Jubilee Debt Campaign report suggests climate insurance is an inefficient use of resources and puts the costs back on the victims of climate change. More
Christians Arrested at Downing Street
Five members of Christian Climate Action were arrested in London in November during an Extinction Rebellion protest designed to make the government take more urgent action on climate change. "We feel called by God to protect creation" said Ruth Jarman. Read more

 Eco Synagogue's First Birthday Party!
Michael Gove, Environment Secretary, will be in conversation with Rabbi Wittenbergh at an event marking the anniversary of the award scheme on 29th January at New North London Synagogue. Details

C of E Environment Campaign Winter Newsletter
News, events and resources from around the country. Read here
Speaking out for a Fossil Fuel Free Future
2018 was another year of people power around the world for 350.org. Many voices speaking up for justice had a powerful effect. Read more
Magazine Magic
Two ready to print magazine articles for you to choose from for your Parish Magazine!

Plastics are not the Problem - David Eggleston, Christ Church Harrogate

Trees and Forests - Barbara Echlin, from Green Christian
52 Eco Top Tips

A resource for your weekly newsletter, one top tip a week to last you through the year ahead. Click here.  
Resource Centre

Listen to this "must hear" 15 minute guide - Radio 4's New Year's Solutions
Why not focus on caring for God's creation this Lent?

Two new study guides:

Green Christian's Our Common Home
Operation Noah's Tenants of the King
Funding Sources

Grants of £500 for creative projects involving young people aged 14-25. More here. Grow Wild also has free wildflower seed kits. Apply for free seeds using their online form by February 2019. 
Help Open Country and Caring for God's Acre...
... raise funds from Aviva Community Fund with a simple click here. Register and then choose Open Country or CfGA as your organisation. You can cast up to 10 votes at once! 
Parish Environment Reps 
Are you the environmental enthusiast in your church or do you know the person who is? We are seeking a Rep in each parish to receive information and take up training opportunities. More
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