The 8th – 16th October is a Week of Action to celebrate the people, places and things we want to protect from climate change – and make sure MPs feel that love.
Around the country community groups are holding nature walks, tea parties, classic lobbies, community energy visits and all sorts of other events to start those key conversations about climate change. All this will either involve MPs or be showcased to them, so that politicians see, feel and hear how much their constituents care about what we could lose to climate change.
Below are some of the events being organised.
Speaking Up with Churches in the Blyth Valley
8th to 16th October, 10am-4pm, Halesworth URC and St.Mary’s Halesworth
A week long exhibition of material describing Global Warming and its effect on Climate Change. It is supported by descriptions of how data is collected and analysed and growing evidence of climate change.
Greening the Faith
Saturday 8 October 2016, 9:30am, Hyndman Centre, Hospital Road, Bury St Edmunds
How can our relationship with the natural world be informed by our Christian faith? The list of endangered species grows ever longer; churches are engaging in the Eco-Church movement; we hear increasingly about climate change, renewable energy, the pros and cons of fracking and other environmental concerns. What are we to make of this? Should we be concerned, and how can we make a difference? This event, open to all, will give opportunity to explore these and other questions as we search for a way forward. Our speaker for this event is Dr Hilary Marlow of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion in Cambridge and A Rocha UK.
9.30-12.30; cost: £4 (refreshments included).
To book a place please phone 01473 298510 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Floods, Droughts and Sausages!
Saturday 8 October, 12:30pm, Karma Farm Eco Campsite, Fen Bank, Isleham
There will be soup, sausages (or vegetarian alternative), tea and cake against the weather. This event is run by St Andrew’s Church, Isleham and is part of Christian Aid’s nationwide Week of Action to tell the government, ahead of upcoming environmental legislation, that we want powerful laws to combat climate change and protect the places we love, for example in our parish, The Wash with its precious bird life.
Alistair Burn will tell us about the winter migrants that will be starting to arrive, and Nigel Cooper will talk about the threats posed to Fenland wetland habitats by climate change. Bring stout shoes for a possible walk along the Wash.
Bungay Showcase, conversation with Peter Aldous MP
Friday 14 October, 3:30pm, Emmanuel Church, Upper Olland Street, Bungay
What can WE do to combat climate change?
We’re going to be showing local MP Peter Aldous what we’ve done in Bungay to reduce our carbon emissions and go greener – for our community, our children and those impacted by damaging climate change around the world. Plus we want to know what further steps he and our government will be taking.
He will come and see us at Emmanuel Church on Friday October 14th, 3:30pm in the Emmaus Room at the front of the Church. We plan to show Mr Aldous around our project from 3pm to 3:30pm and then have a wider discussion over coffee and cake from 3:30pm to 4:30pm to encompass all the fantastic projects in and around Bungay.
We want Mr Aldous to use Bungay as an example for others to follow. We want him to talk with pride about a project in his constituency to his colleagues in Westminster.
We’d love others to join us from the other wonderful green projects going on around us.
Eye Green Fair
Saturday 15 October 2016, 9.30 – 3pm, Eye Town Hall, Broad Street, Eye
Green Fair will craft, advice and information stalls, Green Cafe and chance to recycle small electrical items. Information about and conversations around climate change welcome