07 Apr THE CLIMATE CHANGE CRISIS WHAT ON EARTH CAN WE DO?
THE CLIMATE CHANGE CRISIS WHAT ON EARTH CAN WE DO?
SATURDAY 24TH APRIL 2021
9.15 – 4.15
A free conference via Zoom to explore what individuals can do themselves to lessen the effects of climate change.
9.40 A Climate of Hope – Bishop James Jones
10.10 A Hostile Earth – Professor Nick Cowern
10.35 Coffee Break
10.50 1st WORKSHOP
11.40 Farming’s Answer to Climate Change – Mr Neil Fuller
12.20 Lunch Break
12.50 Technology, Climate Change & the Green New Deal – Professor Jon Lovett
1.40 2nd WORKSHOP
2.30 Coffee Break
2.45 3rd WORKSHOP
3.35 Final Q&A Session
BISHOP JAMES JONES
A CLIMATE OF HOPE
Formerly Bishop of Hull and Liverpool,Bishop James sees the environment as central to the mission of God.
A life-changing book was ‘Soil and Soul’ by Alistair McIntosh for his journey in ecology and theology. In his own book ‘Jesus and the Earth’ Bishop James argues that Jesus is the Saviour, not only of humanity, but also of the planet and the whole cosmos.
As we look to the COP 26 summit in Glasgow James will search for the spiritual grounds on which to build our hope in the future of the Earth.
PROFESSOR NICK COWERN
A HOSTILE EARTH
Emeritus Professor of Physics, his current research is in rapid climate change and its causes – atmospheric aerosols, methane, and biosphere feedbacks, such as wildfire and ecosystem change.
SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPES – FARMING’S ANSWER TO CLIMATE CHANGE
Neil is a soil scientist who has spent 40 years working with farmers on soil’s role in human health and environmental integrity.
With Yorkshire Water and Future Food Solutions Neil published a resource for farmers outlining the benefits of regenerative agricultural practices.
In his talk he hopes to explain how these practices will safeguard water quality, improve soil health, grow nutritious food and significantly contribute to addressing climate change.
Our nurturing earth is headed for climate disaster. Is there still any chance of redemption? The talk looks at current rapid climate change and asks how can we forestall the collapse of civilisation which is now already in plain sight? The answers are hard to digest, hard to accept, and affect every one of us.
PROF JON LOVETT
TECHNOLOGY, CLIMATE CHANGE & THE GREEN NEW DEAL
Humans are very good at innovation and invention. Technologies for climate change mitigation and adaptation have been ready for many years but the right incentives need to be in place for them to make a difference.
The Green New Deal is now being rolled out, with the hope that job creation, and reduction in inequality will be part of combating the menace of climate change.
WORKSHOPS & LEADERS
1 OUR DAILY BREAD
Nelly Trevelyan is an organic farmer and will concentrate on how we make our food choices in the light of climate change. We will look at what the criteria are that guide us.
2 A THEOLOGICAL DISCUSSION ON LOOKING AFTER GOD’S PLANET
Bishop Graham Cray is a retired Bishop, anti-fracking campaigner, and a former theological college Principal. He will look at how Christian doctrine can equip us to think and act in this climate crisis.
3 ETHICAL INVESTMENTS ARE A HOT TOPIC
Lisa Hardman is a Chartered Financial Planner. Her Workshop is about how people can use their money to invest ethically as part of their personal actions to counter climate change.
4 MAKE YOUR HOME ENERGY EFFICIENT
Antony (Strasz) Straszewski is an energy assessor running his independent company for over 12 years, helping homeowners & professionsals make existing and new homes more energy efficient and reducing their carbon footprint. His knowledge can help us all identify what we can do and the pitfalls to avoid.
5 DOING NOTHING COSTS THE EARTH
Peter Wright is a Christian Aid speaker, a member of Green Christians and Greenpeace. He also campaigns on refugee issues and poverty. He looks at the cost in human and monetary terms of disaster, and how these will increase in severity if we do not act in time.
6 WE CAN ALL MAKE OUR VOICES HEARD
All of us can do something to understand and take action, in one way or another, about the dangers posed by our reliance on fossil fuels. Peter Allen is a former teacher and speaker on climate change.
7 TURNING THE TIDE
Lisa Cumming works for ‘Turning the Tide’ – a programme funded by the Quakers in Britain. Lisa describes a non-violent approach to social change and the enormity of what we face and how to go forward.
8 COMMUNITY ACTION FOR CLIMATE CHANGE
Simon Bowens is a Campaign Organiser for Friends of the Earth in the NE and Yorkshire. He will explain how local communities can gather together to campaign for the delivery of solutions to climate change.
9 NON-VIOLENT DIRECT ACTION?
Simon and Hannah Kittle are involved with Christian Climate Action and in Extinction Rebellion. Simon is a post doctoral researcher at Leeds University and Hannah works for the NHS in Leeds.
10 CLIMATE JUSTICE AND PREPARING FOR COP 26 IN GLASGOW
Olivia Hanks is a Programme Manager for Economic and Sustainability Projects which are part of Quaker Peace and Social Witness. She will explore what it means to put justice at the heart of climate change activities.
Booking will take you to a webpage where you can reserve your place in the conference & choose the workshops you would like to join.
Workshop places are first come first served so cannot be guaranteed.
For further information, please email.
Note the conference will not be recorded but workshop leaders may have presentations that can be downloaded afterward.