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Local Events
3, 17 and 27 Feb Prayer and Action Time Christian Climate Action (Leeds) 7.30-9pm St George's Church, Leeds. More.

11 Feb Thrive (Ripon EA) Creation Care focus. More.  

12 Feb International Development for a 'Global Britain': back to the bad old days? Talk. Settle Friends Meeting House, 7pm. 

12 Feb Leeds Youth Voice Summit Free event for schools on tackling the Climate Emergency in Leeds. More

23 Feb Snowdrop Sunday Swillington. More

25 Feb Carbon Conversations Taster LCI. Details

27 Feb Culture + Climate + Collaboration Leeds. More

29 Feb Tree Planting Day Yorkshire Dales. Details

6-8 Mar Navigating Ecological Tragedy: Beyond Hope and Despair: A Collaborative Inquiry with Buddhists and Christians. Doncaster. More

26 Mar Beautiful Burial Grounds Conference Sheffield. More

28 Mar Earth Hour Candlelit Concert Bradford Cathedral, 8pm. More

30 Mar Heartache and Hope: An ecumenical Lent service of
lament and action for the climate. 6.30pm St George's Leeds

25 April Thinking Faith, Thinking Science PCN Day Conference. York. More

20 Jun New Housing Hub Conference Leeds. More
National Events
1 Feb Pray and Fast for the Climate

26 Feb CofE Lent Campaign Starts Sign up here   Archbishop Environmental Lent Book More

1 Mar Pray and Fast for the Climate More

7 Mar Renewal and Rebellion: Faith, Economy and Climate Day Conference, Derby. More

28 Mar Earth Hour 8.30pm. A global switch off. More

15-21 June Refugee Week

15-21 Jul Diocese of Leeds Lambeth Hospitality Week

24 Jul - 3 Aug Lambeth Conference (Environmental Theme)

25-27 Sep UN Sustainable Development Summit
Next Issue
17 March

Please send your news stories, events, resources, book reviews and jokes to Jemima Parker  by 10th March!
January 2020 - Issue 28
2020 looks set to have a spotlight on the climate and biodiversity emergencies as we build to the COP26 international climate change talks in Glasgow in November. So this edition offers you a raft of resources to inspire and equip you to put your faith into action for creation care.

Jemima Parker,
Diocesan Environment Officer
Local News
#LiveLent: Care for God's Creation

Our six Bishops are encouraging churches to focus on care for creation this Lent. Church House Publishing have teamed up with SPCK to provide parishes and individuals with a suite of resources including the Archbishop of Canterbury's Lent Book and digital daily reflections. More

Boost to Bradford's Greenery with Cathedral and Community Tree Planting
On the first day of National Tree Week 2019, 750 trees were planted at Denson Marston Nature Reserve by volunteers from the Cathedral and community. Read more

 Make a Difference: Make a Pledge
In 2020, what can you do to cut your carbon emissions? Join others from around the diocese, including our six Bishops, in pledging to take action. Use the Climate Vision 10 Pledges to take an action a week or month, or make your own commitment. Find the 10 Pledges and Top Tips here

 First Interfaith Carbon Conversations Leaders Trained
Eleven facilitators from four different faith communities have been trained as part of a programme being run by the Leeds Faith for the Climate Action Group and with generous support from Leeds Church Institute. They will now be offering the course in their own faith communities. Read more

Join the Year of Prayer for the Climate
Could you or your church commit to pray for climate justice for an hour this year? Christian Aid are unleashing a non-stop global prayer vigil through 2020. Read more and register here

National News
Church Investments Commit to 2050 Net Zero Carbon 
The Church of England's national bodies will invest only in companies working towards net zero carbon emissions by 2050, it was announced at the World Economic Forum in Davos.    Read more.  
General Synod: Zero Carbon Church by 2045?
The General Synod of the Church of England will consider a motion in February to transition to carbon neutral.The Rt Rev Nicholas Holtam, lead Bishop on Environment, discussed the proposal on Radio 4's Today program this morning. Listen from 1:43 here.   
Greta Named Person of the Year
Time Magazine named teenage climate activist, Greta Thunberg, their 2019 person of the year, sharing Greta's extraordinary story from eco depression to global activism. Read more
99 Good News Stories You Probably Didn't Hear About in 2019
Future Crunch have collated stories from around the world. Find out about positive action on Conservation, Sustainability, Human Rights and more. Click here
BBC Launches 2020 Year of Climate
The BBC has announced plans for a year-long series of special programming and coverage on climate change. A raft of news services and shows are planned as part of the Our Planet Matters project. More
Microsoft Commit to Carbon Negative by 2030
Last week, the IT giant Microsoft launched a world leading plan not only to de-carbonise their current business operations, but also to implement a plan to make account for their historic emissions. Read more

Glasgow Steps Up Ahead of COP26 Talks
In November, Glasgow will host the COP26 international climate change talks. Ahead of this, the City Council have committed to a net zero carbon emission target by 2030, joining other UK cities like Leeds, Bristol and Edinburgh. More here

Campaigners Welcome Government Pledge to End Coal Funding
Christian development charities have welcomed the announcement that the UK will formally end financial support for coal mining and power plants overseas. But they warned that if it wants to lead on climate change, it must do the same for oil and gas. More

2019 Takes Global Heating to 1.2 Degrees
A new paper from top climate scientist, James Hanson, shows that the rate of global heating has accelerated in the past decade. 2019 was the 2nd hottest year ever recorded, with global average temperatures being +1.2 °C (~2.2°F) warmer than in the 1880-1920 "pre-industrial" base period. Read more

Training Opportunities
 Carbon Conversations Course Taster
Would you like to run a carbon conversation course at your church or as a community outreach project? Come and find out more about the course and how to train as a facilitator. Details
Caring for God's Acre: Beautiful Burial Ground
How to make the most of your churchyard for wildlife and heritage. Day Conference, Thursday 26th March, Sheffield. Details
Thinking Faith, Thinking Science

Exploring the relationship between science and faith, including climate change workshop. 25th April, PCN Day Conference, York. Details
Magazine Magic
A ready to print magazine article for your Parish Magazine!

 Let your love shine for 2020

Get started on the 10 Pledges with a little bit of electric love. Article by Jemima Parker. 
Eco Top Tips

Find a weekly top tip here for your Parish Newsletter:

Year 1
Resource Centre
The Archbishop of Canterbury's  2020 Lent Book: Saying Yes to Life 

Written  by Dr Ruth Valerio, the Lent book explores our contemporary relationship with our Creator God and His creation through the lens of the six days of creation. Each chapter has discussion points for small groups. Ideal for Lent groups.  Book review here.

Supporting resources and daily digital reflections here
Small Group Leader for Lent

An experienced group leader is available to lead a small group during Lent. Contact Jemima if you would like to take up this offer. 

Biblical Reflections and Sermon Hints with an Environmental Theme.  More

Christianity and Creation

Green Discipleship for Cornwall. A 4 week study course

Hear about the work and impact of the pioneering scientists, campaigners and communicators of the last 60 years who've swum against the tide to influence our opinion and behaviour on the environment. Listen here

written by The Revd Canon Lisle Ryder from the Wensley Deanery. Here
Funding Sources
Need funding for an environmental/renewables project? 

Here's a list of possible grant funding sources. Download
Funding for a Fuel Poverty Project? 

Try the Energy Redress Fund which takes money from fines applied to big energy companies and redistributes it to charities who offer energy advice/energy saving projects for vulnerable people. 
Youth Environment Action Fund 

The Youth Environmental Action Fund provides funding and support for young people to set up and deliver small scale environmental projects. Next funding deadline 3 Feb. 
Environmental Preachers
To meet the need to sermon requests on caring for creation across the Diocese of Leeds. Are you a Reader or Retired Clergy person? Would you be able to offer occasional Sundays in your area? Contact Jemima Parker
Are you passionate about addressing the climate emergency? Would you like to play a key part in UK Churches' engagement with the issue in 2020? Details
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
Become a Carbon Conversations Facilitator
Would you like to help your church and community reduce their personal carbon footprint? Take the Carbon Conversations Course and Facilitator's Training course. If interested, please email Jemima Parker.

Comedy Corner
If we don't laugh we'll cry: helping you through the grief of ecocide

We found this cartoon sent in by one of our readers in The Times thought-provoking!

© Diocese of Leeds, 2019

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