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

Forest Church

Monday 7 June, 4-5pm
Church of England

Many people say that their more profound encounters with God occur outside, as they engage with God’s creation. Forest Church takes this as the starting point for worship, gathering outdoors, with engagement with nature at the heart of our prayer.
This webinar will cover the ‘why’, ‘what’ and ‘how’ of Forest Church.
Speakers: Cate Williams is Environmental Engagement Officer for Gloucester Diocese, a Forest Church facilitator and author of the Grove booklet on Forest Church. Rachel Summers is the author of multiple resources including Wild Advent, Wild Lent and Wild Worship. She is a Forest School practitioner and trainer, Forest Church facilitator and pioneer ordinand.
BOOK HERE

How can Oxford Achieve Net Zero Emissions?

Tuesday 8 June, 8 – 9.15pm
Oxford Civic Society

National and local government commitments to Net Zero CO2 emissions have major implications for energy, transport and heating. Professor Nick Eyre, recently appointed as Scientific Adviser to Oxford City Council, will consider what needs to be done locally, what progress is being made and what more needs to be done.
The link to this Zoom webinar will be emailed to registered attendees on the afternoon of the event. To register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/how-can-oxford-achieve-net-zero-co2-emissions-tickets-145449578605?aff=erelpanelorg

Evaluating and investing in Nature-based Solutions

Thursday 17 June, 12.30 – 1.30pm
Oxford Martin School

The world must invest now in nature-based solutions that are ecologically sound, socially equitable, and designed to deliver multiple benefits to society over a century or more. Properly managed, the protection, restoration and sustainable management of our working lands could benefit many generations to come. However, while solutions such as community-led restoration and protection of mangroves, kelp forests, wetlands, grasslands and forests, bringing trees into working lands and nature into cities can bring multiple benefits from storing carbon and protecting us from extreme events, to supporting biodiversity and providing jobs and livelihoods, how can we engage governments, businesses and local communities in these solutions to ensure their success?
To register and for more information: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/nature-based-solutions

Low Carbon Homes in Oxfordshire: Making it Happen

Thursday 17 June, 3-5pm
Low Carbon Hub

The webinar will:
• Demonstrate that a zero carbon housing standard is quite feasible and – in light of council ‘climate emergency’ commitments – should be a political imperative.
• Highlight innovative good practice across the county happening now.
• Discuss solutions to the identified obstacles, and come up with ways forward.
To register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/zero-carbon-homes-in-oxfordshire-making-it-happen-tickets-153697371977

RSPB Otmoor

Thursday 1 July, 8.00- 9.15 pm
Oxford Civic Society

Otmoor is one of Oxfordshire’s greatest conservation success stories. Discover from David Wilding, the Otmoor Reserve Site Manager, how the RSPB has “transformed boring arable fields into an incredible wetland oasis in the heart of England”. Former wheat fields are now home to an impressive range of wetland species including bittern, marsh harrier and drumming snipe.
The Zoom link to this talk will be emailed to registered attendees on the afternoon of the event.
To register:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rspb-otmoor-an-incredible-wetland-oasis-tickets-145463582491?aff=erelpanelorg

Heat Pumps

Tuesday 13 July, noon – 1pm
Tuesday 19 October, 4 – 5pm
Church of England

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 13 July, noon – 1pm BOOK HERE
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 – 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

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

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/