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

Considering an Electric Vehicle: Advice for Older Drivers

Tuesday 14 September, 10.30-12.30
Webinar by Older Drivers Forum

For information and registration:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_XP6GvarBRyOzaMfm9Z2ZNw

Talking Climate Change

Tuesday 21 September, 10.30-12.30
Webinar from Low Carbon Oxford

Online Interactive Workshop, part of Great Big Green Week, and led by climate psychologist Rebecca West. For information and registration:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rebecca-nestor-talking-climate-change-tickets-165240216937?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

Working Towards an Award and Maintaining Momentum

Thursday 23 September, 12.00-1.00
Webinar in Church of England Environment Programme

For information and registration: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OwAt4Mh8SQ2J_eeIMRSZBA

The basics of Heat Pumps

Tuesday 19 October, 4.00-5.00pm
Webinar in Church of England Environment Programme

Decarbonising heat is key to achieving Net Zero Carbon. One way to achieve this is to install a heat pump, but this is only suitable for churches in certain circumstances .This workshop will look at the basics of air source and ground source heat pumps, discussing their use, where heat pumps work well, and how to make sure their use is optimised.
The session will also look at some of the common problems that occur with heat pumps. It will give an indication of costs for church installations, but these are very case-by-case.
Speaker: Mark Taylor from TM Energy Solutions is speaking on behalf of the Energy Managers Association (EMA), which is dedicated to establishing best practice in Energy Management and putting Energy Management at the heart of British business. To register for Tuesday 19 October, 4-5pm BOOK HERE

Conservation pitfalls and how to avoid them, en route to Net Zero Carbon

Thursday 18 November, 4.00-5.00 pm, also on Tuesday 7 December, 12.00-1.00 pm
Webinar in Church of England Environment Programme

This webinar will cover some of the conservation pitfalls that projects often encounter, when trying to make environmental changes to historic buildings, and how to avoid them.questions people can ask themselves at the very beginning of a project, which will help get projects on the right track.
• questions people can ask themselves at the very beginning of a project, which will help get projects on the right track
• examples of changes which can be made that are good environmentally and good for the conservation of historic buildings/ interiors.
Speaker: Tobit Curteis, Architectural Conservator at Tobit Curteis Associates LLP. Tobit runs a practice specialising in the diagnosis and control of environmental deterioration in historic buildings and the conservation of wall paintings. As well as extensive work with churches and cathedrals, Tobit also works for private and institutional clients, including English Heritage, the National Trust, and Historic Royal Palaces. He is an accredited member of the Institute for Conservation, a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, and a fellow of the International Institute of Conservation.
Thursday 18 November, 4.00-5.00 pm BOOK HERE
Tuesday 7 December, 12.00-1.00 pm BOOK HERE

Conservation pitfalls and how to avoid them, en route to Net Zero Carbon

Thursday 18 November, 4 – 5 pm
Tuesday 7 December, 12 – 1pm
Church of England
This webinar will cover some of the conservation pitfalls that projects often encounter, when trying to make environmental changes to historic buildings, and how to avoid them:
• questions people can ask themselves at the very beginning of a project, which will help get projects on the right track
• examples of changes which can be made that are good environmentally and good for the conservation of historic buildings / interiors.
Speaker: Tobit Curteis, Architectural Conservator at Tobit Curteis Associates LLP.
Tobit runs a practice specialising in the diagnosis and control of environmental deterioration in historic buildings and the conservation of wall paintings. As well as extensive work with churches and cathedrals, Tobit also works for private and institutional clients, including English Heritage, the National Trust, and Historic Royal Palaces. He is an accredited member of the Institute for Conservation, a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, and a fellow of the International Institute of Conservation.
Thursday 18 November, 4 – 5pm BOOK HERE Tuesday 7 December, 12 – 1pm BOOK HERE

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

Churches Count on Nature Week (5-13 June 2021)

Run in partnership by Caring for God’s Acre, A Rocha UK, the Church of England Environment Programme, and the Church in Wales. For a 2-minute introduction:
https://www.churchofengland.org/about/environment-and-climate-change/webinars-land-and-nature-churches-count-nature-week

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 February 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

Remembering Nature

Produced by 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/

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/