Category Archives: Climate Change

Overwhelmed by the Climate Crisis?

Do you feel overwhelmed with news about the Climate Crisis but don’t know how to respond?

You understand things need to change, but how?

Maybe you feel like you simply want to know more.

Carbon Conversations is a set of 6 sessions helping small groups to work through their response to Climate Change. Each session offers a practical focus on a different area of life such as food, home and travel, helping you feel empowered to make changes. If it’s time to stop, think and talk about the Climate Crisis then why not take part in Carbon Conversations?

We are running a Carbon Conversations series at St Matts (Burley St Matthias) starting 14th October. You can find out more and sign up here or have a chat with Paul Magnall for futher information. The sessions are free!

Prayer in the Square

This afternoon at 4:30pm Christians from across Leeds gathered together in City Square to pray about the climate emergency, during the build up to the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, and in support of Young Christian Climate Network Relay which arrived in Leeds today in their relay from Cornwall to Glasgow.

Lent Pledges

This Lent why not take a pledge to try and reduce your carbon footprint and your impact on the planet? The Diocese of Leeds has a Climate Vision 10 pledges with tips on how to try and achieve them at https://www.leeds.anglican.org/environment/what-can-i-do

And if you want to take Pledge 1 have a look at https://allhallowsleeds.org/2017/06/13/green-energy/

Climate Change: heartache and hope

A service bringing together Christians from across Leeds to reflect, lament and take action in care of the planet in the face of a climate crisis is taking place at St George’s Church on Monday 30th March at 6:30pm. There will be space to lament what we are losing, prayers for the future and workshops to engage in actions alongside others.

Arrive from 6.15pm to grab a cuppa. The service, which will include break out time for workshops, will start at 6.30pm and finish by 8.30pm. Please book here.

There will be workshops on:

  • Local church responses – exploring what local churches can do
  • Civil disobedience – exploring how we can get involved in direct action
  • Craftivism -exploring how we can use positive and encouraging forms of activism to make a change
  • Advocacy – exploring how we can make our voice heard to those in power
  • A quiet reflective space instead of a workshop

Carbon Conversations Taster Session

The Leeds Faith for Climate Action Group are running a Carbon Conversations Taster Session. If you are concerned about your own personal carbon footprint but find it difficult to make a change then why not come along to the Leeds Church Institute on Tuesday 25th February at 6:30pm. Please book by emailing events@leedschurchinstitute.org

Climate and Travel

Leeds Methodist Mission and is hosting an evening of learning and reflection on Thursday 27th February about how we can all make more sustainable travel choices.

From our daily commute to our summer holiday, we all make choices about how we travel and this has an impact on the planet.

We are invited to an evening discussing the challenges and joys of trying to make more sustainable, carbon light choices. Everyone is welcome, whether you fly weekly or haven’t flown for 10 years.

As part of our everyday activism events we always take some small positive actions to encourage systemic change and this will be no different.

There will be food from 6pm and content from 6.30pm, finishing by 8.30pm. Please book here.

Protect. Restore. Fund.

At this time of Creationtide, and on this day when hundreds of thousands are striking around the globe and taking time to protest about the way we are trashing God’s Creation, let us all take time to think about our part in defending #naturenow.

Here is a video by the amazing Greta Thunberg and the pretty amazing George Monbiot!

PRESS RELEASE: The Time is Now, not 2045!

Press release from Green Christians 9 June 2019

Aiming to reach net-zero carbon emissions after 2025 is ‘complicit in violence’, warns Green Christian.

The charity finds the deadline of 2045 promoted by the Climate Coalition for the Mass Lobby of Parliament on 26 June 2019 ‘troubling’. Green Christian argues that in continuing to feed climate breakdown for so long the UK would cross a ‘moral threshold’ and hold future generations to ransom. They call for courageous political leadership at a time when public demand for action on the crisis is surging.

In its statement published today, Green Christian say that the disruption to the UK of aiming for net zero by 2025 will pale beside the violence to poorer nations and today’s children which is implicit in delaying it to 2045, let alone 2050. The charity says the UK has ‘no right to slough off this responsibility, and the vicious consequences of doing so, on those who have no voice and no power’.

In May 2019 the independent Climate Change Committee advised the government that it was ‘feasible’ that the UK could stop its contribution to global warming by 2050. The Climate Coalition, which is led by larger charities and civil society organisations, has shown that it can be done by 2045. The Coalitionencourages the public to lobby MPs to enshrine this deadline in law, to be brought forward ‘if the science demands swifter action’.

Green Christian argues that it is political choice, rather than scientific evidence, that determines what is ‘feasible’. Since the actions of Extinction Rebellion over the Easter period this year, there has been an upsurge in public concern on climate change, and a declaration of ‘environment and climate emergency ’ in Parliament*(See note 2). The charity argues that the mandate exists for immediate, focused, co-ordinated and equitable action across society, on a scale last mobilised in World War II.

Chair of Green Christian, Paul Bodenham, said, ‘Scientists have been warning about global warming since the 1980s. Now it’s too late to avoid making sacrificial, disruptive choices. A 2045 deadline for net-zero, let alone 2050, should trouble everyone’s conscience. With every year we continue adding carbon to the atmosphere, more lives will be lost and the risk grows of catastrophic breakdown. 

‘If the UK is serious about international leadership we must acknowledge the debt our country owes to poorer nations and to the young and unborn. The profound insecurity they now face is mainly due to the privilege, power and indifference of today’s industrialised societies, of which the UK has the longest history of all’.  

In its guidance for the Mass Lobby Green Christian advises its members to ensure MPs understand the risks of the Paris Agreement failing to limit warming to 1.5C, and ask the government to ‘identify national pathways to achieve net-zero emissions in 2025’.

Ends

Notes:

  1. Green Christian called for churches to declare a climate emergency on 29 April 2019.  Further advice for members of denominations and representatives on governing bodies is available atwww.greenchristian.org.uk/emergency.
  2. The phrase “a declaration of ‘environment and climate emergency’ in Parliament” has now been substituted for the phrase used on 9 June in the first edition of this press release, “a declaration of ‘climate and ecological emergency’ in Parliament”.
  3. Green Christian was formed in 1981 to share green insights with Christians, and Christian insights with the green movement. The charity produces resources, campaigns and events to help people relate environmental issues with their faith, and integrate environmental action into their mission.www.greenchristian.org.uk

Act on divestment

The West Yorkshire Local Government Pension Fund  (WYPF) is fuelling the climate crisis by investing over £900 million in fossil fuel companies.

All Hallows’ Church has committed to ending its own investment in fossil fuel companies and is calling on the WYPF to do the same.

You can add your voice to the Fossil Free West Yorkshire campaign by asking your councillors to support it. Find your councillors’ contact details using https://www.writetothem.com/ – then simply use the sample text below to send them an email.  Personalise your message by starting with a few lines about why climate action is important to you.

Want to take more action? Visit the Fossil Free West Yorkshire Campaign website. Or read more about the global fossil fuel divestment movement here.

Template email to councillors about fossil fuel divestment

Dear Cllr ………………

As a constituent, I want to express my concern about our council’s investments. Leeds councils, through the  West Yorkshire Pension Fund, is investing over £900 million in fossil fuel and fracking companies. These investments are driving climate change and air pollution and putting our future in danger.

My church has committed to ending all investment in fossil fuels and are congregation are very anxious for the West Yorkshire Pension Fund to do likewise. We made a short 4 minute film about why ending fossil fuel investment is important to us; you can watch it at https://bit.ly/divestAH.

As my councillor, I’m asking you to support efforts to stop the West Yorkshire Pension Fund investing in fossil fuel companies. You can do this by signing the Fossil Free West Yorkshire Pledge at https://fossilfreewypf.wordpress.com/take-action/fossil-free-pledge-forpolitician-and-political-candidates/.

To prevent catastrophic climate change, fossil fuel companies would have to keep over 80% of proven gas, oil and coal reserves in the ground. Despite this, they continue to explore for even more fossil fuel reserves. Climate change aside, ending fossil fuel investment  is important to protect our pensions from financial losses. Fossil fuel investments will soon drop in value as the low carbon transition gathers pace. They are already dragging down investment returns so it makes no sense to remain invested in this risky industry. There are better alternatives available. This briefing document for councillors discusses the case for fossil fuel divestment in more detail.

I really hope you can support much needed climate action by signing the pledge linked above. I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Breaking News – All Hallows’ divests from fossil fuels

Today we announced that All Hallows is ending all it’s investment in fossil fuels.

Here is a video explaining how it happened:

And here is our press release:

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