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  • If you're in the Northampton Methodist District and would like to join a group of like-minded 'Green Links' (a network across the District of likeminded people who care about the environment), please either contact me, or one of our District Green Champions:
    • Lydia Barratt, employed on the Young Leaders Scheme - lydia.barratt@northamptonmethodistdistrict.org.uk
    • James Appleby, formerly on the YLS, now a volunteer - james.appleby@northamptonmethodistdistrict.org.uk
  • If you're elsewhere, why not see if there's something similar going on near you - and if not, maybe set something up

November 2020

In the past week I've connected a friend from Community Energy Warwickshire with Transition Town Rugby: CEW are looking for energy-related eco-ideas on which to spend Feed-in Tariff income they receive from existing projects*

Summerbridge Methodist Church in Nidderdale, North Yorkshire, gained an Eco Church Gold Award, and published their Eco Church survey response - https://www.summerbridgechurch.org/caring-for-our-world

In neighbouring West Yorkshire, Baildon Methodist Church have opened an 'eco-building' they call The Fold, in faith that they'll receive further funding - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8c1cnx-Axo

As reported widely in the media, in October it was announced that Sir David Attenborough joins the Earthshot Prize Council, an initiative of Prince William to find solutions to environmental issues - https://earthshotprize.org/ Any ideas?

October 2020

Key themes in the recent Citizen's Climate Assembly report will hopefully resonate with you: Education and Information; Fairness; Freedom and Choice; Co-Benefits; Nature - https://www.climateassembly.uk/report/read/executive-summary.html

Some years ago, we agreed to 'twin' the toilets at Paddox by donating towards better sanitation around the world - and many of us have twinned ours at home, too. Given the increased need for handwashing, their current campaign is tap twinning - https://www.toilettwinning.org/tap-twinning/ - and I've just twinned mine.

Toilet twinning was started in 2008 by Cord; since 2015 it's been run by Tearfund who last month launched a new initiative - https://www.bintwinning.org/ - to fund community projects that prevent disease, protect the environment and create jobs. Following my Mum's lead, I've just twinned under this scheme, too.

The Transition Town Rugby Climate Cafe on 19th September brought together faces old and new to inform each other about current activities and discuss what we'd like to see. In summary, we lack a critical mass - various organisations do their bit but maybe lack coordination and the publicity that can be gained from operating under one banner. Any ideas?*

In the last few days, the A Rocha Eco District website has changed to show Northampton District as registered (in bold): one of only three in the country

This year's Ethical Consumer conference is online, with 30+ sessions held over the week 24th-30th October - https://www.ethicalconsumerweek.com/programme - and tickets on a 'pay as you feel' or 'gift economy' system

September 2020

On 1st August the Young Christian Climate Network launched, an ecumenical action-focused community of Christians in the UK aged 18-30 - see YCCN on Facebook

The Hillmorton litter pick on 8th August was cancelled so I joined one along the residential part of Parkfield Road in Newbold instead*

As I write (22nd August), Green Agents of Change online 'catalyst' events are taking place for children and young people aged 8-11 and 12-17 - see https://www.methodist.org.uk/greenagentsofchange/

Look out for the 19th September Climate Cafe on Facebook, organised by Transition Town Rugby, to gather ideas and feed into our council's Climate Action Plan*

Preparing for a time when we can meet together, a Rugby group of Green Drinks ('active in 301 cities worldwide') is starting up as a way for like-minded people to meet socially; it's totally informal, with no agenda or affiliation - http://www.greendrinks.org/Warwickshire/Rugby*

Our Chair of District and I have electronically signed a certificate to confirm our registration towards becoming an Eco District. Perhaps by the time you read this '23 Northampton District' will be in bold on this page - https://ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/denominational-awards/eco-district/ (update - see October 2020 above)

The July newsletter from Operation Noah has updates on the Methodist Church's divestment from fossil fuels, along with links to campaigns by RSPB, Possible, and Biofuelwatch - https://operationnoah.org/category/news-events/newsletters/

* - if you're not in/near Rugby, maybe see if there are similar things going on where you are...


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