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Local Events
21 Mar Monitoring Human CO2 Emissions Talk Leeds. More

23 Mar Haydn's Creation Harrogate Choral Society

23 Mar Before the Flood Film Screening Summerbridge Methodist Church. More.

26 Mar Project Development and Finance Workshops Leeds Climate Commission. More.  

27 Mar Community Energy Futures Talk. Leeds, 4pm. More

27 Mar Laudato Si (On Care of our Common Home) Ecumenical Service and talk. Settle, 7pm. More

8 Apr A Hostile Climate Day Conference, Leeds University. More

11 Apr Botanical Surveying Course. More

14 May How Cool are Trees? Talk, Leeds. More

24 May Church Building Project Workshop More

29 May BioBlitz York Cemetry, YO10 5AJ. More

13 Jun Wildflowers and Plants Identification Slingsby. More

17 Jun Tree Identification Course. More
National Events
22-24 Mar Countering Consumerism  CAFOD
young adult retreat. More

28 Mar Climate Action Ilkley Inaugral Meeting, 7.30pm. More

30 Mar How to go Greener Day Beverley. Details

30 Mar Earth Hour 8.30pm. More

1 Apr Pray and Fast for the Climate Resources here

27 Apr Rewilding CRES Day Conference. Oxford. More

1 May Pray and Fast for the Climate Resources here

11 May Meditation and Hope amidst Climate Chaos London. More
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March 2019 - Issue 23
As Leeds Diocesan Synod debates a new environment policy this Saturday, there is plenty to discuss in this GGF edition, with local climate action and a packed resources section to take you through Lent and beyond. 

Jemima Parker,
Diocesan Environment Officer
Local News
Zero Carbon Homes and Zero Waste
Visiting CiTu's climate innovation district in the heart of Leeds and the Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility at Cross Green made for an insightful and very different meeting for the Diocesan Environment Group. Read more

Green Journey Renewed
After an extensive retendering process, in which 11 companies bid to offer Green Energy Services for parishes in the Leeds Diocese, Green Energy Consulting were confirmed today as the winning provider with their Green Journey scheme. Read more

Synod to Debate Environment Policy
This Saturday the Diocesan Environment Group will bring a new environment policy to Synod  with carbon reduction targets in line with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, backed by a 5 Year Strategy to implement it. Read the Briefing Paper here

New Green Preaching Resource
Greening the Lectionary offers ideas for reflection and sermon hints, week-by-week based on the readings in the Revised Common Lectionary. Written by one of our Area Environment Champions, Rev Ruth Newton. More here

A Prophetic Voice from Children?
As part of a global youth movement, students and schoolchildren will be striking to call for more action to mitigate climate change again tomorrow. Youth Strike 4 Climate demonstrations took place in Leeds and Huddersfield on February 15th. More

National News
Ruth Knight's Legacy at C of E Environment Programme
After nine years at Church House Westminster, Environmental Policy Officer for the Church of England, Ruth Knight is moving on. We look forward to meeting her successor in due course. View an info graphic of her legacy here or watch this video
Halifax Vicar Speaks up for Hope at General Synod
Speaking for a motion to increase the resource for the Church of England Environment Campaign and measure church carbon footprint, Rev Canon James Allison, vicar of Coley, told a story about the Leeds Diocesan Environment Group. Watch from 46 minutes here. Read more

 Birth Strikes
Is the future too bleak for parents to choose to bring children into the world? Climate change poses a moral choice for some. Read more
Pennies for Plastics
Church of Ireland Bishops' Appeal is encouraging Christians to use less plastic this Lent and put money towards a Water Aid project in Gambia. Read more
Magazine Magic
A ready to print magazine article for your Parish Magazine!

The Forgotten Climate Change Buster - David Eggleston, Christ Church Harrogate

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

Biblical Reflections and Sermon Hints with an Environmental Theme.  More

An outdoor worship resource for all ages for your church or Forest Church this spring and summer. Click here

Find out more here

Green Christians "Joy in Enough" confession. Click  here

Listen to this "must hear" 15 minute guide - Radio 4's New Year's Solutions

Stay local for a low carbon footprint pilgrimage. More
Funding Sources

Grants of £500 for creative projects involving young people aged 14-25. More here. Grow Wild also has free wildflower seed kits. Deadline 1st April. 
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
Community Facilitators wanted 
Zero Carbon Yorkshire is looking for 2 enterprising people to help start low carbon initiatives in areas around Yorkshire on a voluntary basis. Training provided. Apply by 22 March  More
Comedy Corner
 Should we just give up on Climate Change?

A viewpoint from comedian Rachel Parris on the Mash Report. Contains some strong language. Click here.  
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