Eco Church resources

The Eco Team have put together a list of interesting webinars on environmental issues from various sources, including the Church of England and the Oxford Martin School (part of Oxford University) – see below. Some are on church issues and others are of more general interest.

Future webinars

Britain talks Climate after the Lockdown: New insights from a National Survey

Climate Outreach
Thursday 6 May, 1 pm-2 pm

Senior Programme Lead: Research, Dr Chris Shaw, will explain what the results from this survey tell us about how public engagement on climate change can build on the experiences of the last 12 months. The webinar will focus on what the Britain Talks Climate model shows us about the climate narratives that unite us, and the narratives that divide us when we talk about climate change in the context of Covid 19. Joining Chris Shaw are fellow Climate Outreach Researcher, Dr Susie Wang, and Professor Wouter Poortinga, Associate Director at Cardiff University’s CAST Centre.

To register: https://records.climateoutreach.org.uk/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=141

A New Economic Grammar – The Economics of Biodiversity: The Dasgupta Review

Oxford Martin School
Thursday 6 May, 5 pm – 6 pm

Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta & Professor Cameron Hepburn in conversation.
Biodiversity is declining faster than at any time in human history with one million animal and plant species at risk of extinction within decades. The Dasgupta Review on the Economics of Biodiversity calls for urgent and transformative change in how we think, act and measure economic success in order to both protect and enhance biodiversity, and our wellbeing. Join Professor Dasgupta and Professor Cameron for a discussion on the new perspectives the Review brings to understanding our sustainable engagement with nature, and the place of nature in economics.

To register and watch live: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/partha-dasgupta
To watch later: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHHhtd6mp-w

Heating Part 2: Choosing the Best Heating Solution for your Church

Church of England Environment Programme
Tuesday 18 May 6 pm-7 pm

Speaker Susan Logan from EcoTeric is a Chartered Building Services Engineer who has worked for 40 years designing and advising on energy efficiency and latterly carbon efficient solutions. She has been the Heating Advisor for Worcester Diocese for the last 13 years and a member of the DAC for even longer.

This webinar will include heat pumps, electric heating solutions, and more. What are the pros and cons, what is the carbon impact and what is the future of funding? What are the key questions to ask? How do we reduce demand in the first place by improving fabric? How do we make a persuasive case for change?

To register: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qlFAldggRF-_UZ19DtHdGA?_x_zm_rtaid=Sl8T0s8MQUKDGyGCuVrXFw.1620170466326.a126c4efb7d5e46cf2690fb780938521&_x_zm_rhtaid=424

Rescue from Global Crisis to a Better World: Book Launch with Ian Goldin

Oxford Martin School
Weds 19 May, 5 pm – 6 pm

We are at a crossroads. Covid-19 has wreaked havoc but also offers the potential for radical change. Ian Goldin explains why bouncing back to business as usual would be disastrous, leading to escalating inequality, potentially more devastating pandemics and escalating climate change. Drawing on the experience of history, Ian identifies how during the Second World War the welfare state and new world order was created to build more cohesive societies and overcome global threats. In the book launch for Rescue: From Global Crisis to a Better World, Ian Goldin will show how the pandemic provides a unique opportunity to tackle today’s challenges. The talk provides an analysis of what is to be done, and shows how the pandemic could lead to a better world.

To register and watch live: www.crowdcast.io/e/rescue-from-global-crisis-to-a-better-world
To watch later: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbkSzVDBd3w

Putting a Value on Nature: Influencing Global Action on Environmental Challenges

Oxford Martin School
Thursday 20 May, 5 pm – 6 pm

Inger Andersen & Professor Cameron Hepburn in conversation. As we seek to overcome the global pandemic, humanity faces three planetary crisis that threaten our future – the climate crisis, the biodiversity crisis, and the pollution and waste crisis – driven by decades of relentless and unsustainable consumption and production. Ahead of the International Day for Biological Diversity, in conversation with Professor Cameron Hepburn, Inger Andersen, the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme speaks to the implications of the Dasgupta Review on the Economics of Biodiversity, and how we can begin the journey to re-shape our economies, working with nature, not against it.

To register and watch live: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/putting-a-value-on_nature
To watch later: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rawCxVe2ZeQ

Planning for our Future: Climate Change and the Path to Net Zero

Oxford Civic Society
Saturday 22 May 1.15 pm – 3.40 pm

The UK has a national ‘Net Zero Carbon’ target for 2050 and all our local councils have set their own goals. This session will look at how Oxfordshire can ‘meet or beat’ the 2050 target, and at how planning for Net Zero can help overcome the challenges we face.

Speakers are:

  • Chris Church, Oxford Civic Society Executive Committee
  • Nick Eyre, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford
  • Barbara Hammond, CEO, Low Carbon Hub
  • Emily Smith, Leader, Vale of White Horse D.C. and Chair, Oxfordshire Growth Board
  • Chair: Ian Green, Chair, Oxford Civic Society

To register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/153022292797

To Replace or not Replace your Church Heating and Lighting?

Church of England Environment Programme
Tuesday 25 May 6 pm – 7 pm

To register: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0rcumpqjwjG9HzfDHBMziolBBwS4LGXIKl

Past webinars which are available to watch again

Church of England Environment Programme

This series of webinars is designed to support and equip you to reach the Church’s ambitious “net zero carbon” emissions target; everything from forming your team to putting solar panels on your roof, and including low-cost ‘housekeeping’ actions which can pay back quickly. For everything about the programme, see https://www.churchofengland.org/about/policy-and-thinking/our-views/environment-and-climate-change/about-our-environment-programme

Oxford Martin School

Environment Programme Videos

Methodist webinar: The climate emergency, COP26 and fossil fuel divestment

Sponsored by Operation Noah, Christian Aid and the Methodist Zero Carbon Group.

The webinar on 15 Febriary explored how the Methodist Church can support a just and green recovery from Covid-19 ahead of COP26 by divesting from fossil fuels and investing in clean alternatives.

Bill McKibben, keynote speaker and founder of 350.org, expressed his gratitude to faith groups in the UK, including Operation Noah, ‘who have been making this case (for divestment) for a decade’. He said that COP26 in Glasgow this year, ‘could be a moment of great hope and great power’, describing the growing power of the climate movement as seeing, ‘the Holy Spirit at work’.

Watch it again
Read a blog about the webinar

Other resources

The Church of England Environment Programme
https://www.churchofengland.org/about/environment-and-climate-change

Lifestyle change and System change are two sides of the same coin
From Climate Outreach’s Communicating Low Carbon Lifestyles series.
https://climateoutreach.org/lifestyle-change-system-change-two-sides-same-coin/

Forgetting Nature
Thoughts about our relationship with Nature and with technology, as we become more engaged with technology and the huge range of possibilities on our screens. This becomes normalized, but we can change it. https://www.forgettingnature.com/

Oxford Recycling Video: https://www.facebook.com/OxfordshireRecycles/videos/recycle-week-countywide-recycling-video/325859005531401/