Scottish Churches webinar: COP26, divestment and investment in the just and green recovery

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Operation Noah is pleased to be sponsoring this free webinar.

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As Scotland prepares to host the UN climate talks (COP26) later this year, we have a unique opportunity to make an impact and increase the pressure on institutions and governments to respond with the urgency that the climate crisis demands.

Eco-Congregation Scotland is organising a webinar to help you find out how Churches in Scotland – both locally and nationally – can support a just and green recovery by divesting from fossil fuels and re-orienting investments towards a clean energy future.

Speakers at the event will be:

The webinar will be chaired by Fiona Buchanan, Campaigns and Advocacy Coordinator at Christian Aid Scotland.

Around the world, more than 400 faith institutions have divested from fossil fuels, including the World Council of Churches, the United Reformed Church, the Anglican Church of Southern Africa and the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. Fossil fuel divestment will be on the agenda at this year’s General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and General Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church.

The webinar will see the launch of the Scottish Churches COP26 Pledge on Divestment and the Just and Green Recovery, which can be signed by individuals, churches, regional Church bodies and national Churches.

The webinar is an excellent opportunity to find out more about how your church can join the next global divestment announcement for faith institutions in spring 2021. Join us to find out where your Church denomination currently stands on fossil fuel divestment, and how you can get involved in the campaign.

The webinar series is sponsored by: Eco-Congregation ScotlandOperation NoahChristian AidJustice and Peace Scotland and Friends of the Earth Scotland.

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Methodist Webinar: The Climate Emergency, COP26 and Fossil Fuel Divestment

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Date posted: 25 January 2021


Explore how the Methodist Church can support a just recovery ahead of COP26, by divesting from fossil fuels and investing in clean energy

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There has been growing support in the Methodist Church for divestment from fossil fuels. In June 2020, 260 Methodists (including 114 ministers) signed a letter calling for the Central Finance Board of the Methodist Church to fully divest. The Methodist Council passed a resolution on divestment in October 2020. Several Methodist churches have already announced their decision to divest from fossil fuels.

Join this interactive webinar to hear why divestment is such an important response to the climate crisis with Bill McKibben, who started the global fossil fuel divestment movement, and Mark Campanale, whose groundbreaking research with Carbon Tracker has highlighted the risks of continued investment in fossil fuels. The webinar will be an opportunity to hear from Methodist leaders who are campaigning for divestment and find out how you can get involved.

We are delighted to welcome the following speakers:

  • Keynote speaker: Bill McKibben, author, environmentalist, Methodist and co-founder of The moral imperative to divest from fossil fuels, the global divestment movement and why 2021 is a crucial year for tackling the climate crisis
  • Mark Campanale, founder of the Carbon Tracker Initiative: The financial risk of fossil fuel investments
  • James Buchanan, Bright Now Campaign Manager at Operation Noah: Key findings of Bright Now report: Church investments in major oil companies: Paris compliant or Paris defiant?
  • Martha Rand, Vice Chair of the Methodist Zero Carbon Group: Responding to the climate emergency for the new generation of Methodists
  • Sheridan Pengelly, Vice Chair of the Methodist Zero Carbon Group: The experience of a local church divesting from fossil fuels
  • Revd John Howard, former Chair of JACEI (the Methodist Church’s ethical investment advisory group) will join the speaker panel for Q&A.

The webinar will be chaired by Michael Pryke, Chair of the Methodist Zero Carbon Group and former Methodist Youth President.

The webinar will also offer an opportunity to find out more about how your church, Circuit or District can join the next global divestment announcement for faith institutions in spring 2021. The Methodist Zero Carbon Group will share a new resource on divestment as well as introducing other areas they will be working on ahead of the upcoming UN climate talks, COP26, in Glasgow in November 2021.

The webinar is sponsored by Operation Noah, Christian Aid and the Methodist Zero Carbon Group.

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Catholic investment for an integral ecology: webinar series

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Date posted: 15 September 2020

This autumn, we invite you to join our webinar series to find out how Catholic religious orders, dioceses and other organisations can use their investments to accelerate the clean energy transition and support a green recovery.

Part 1: Fossil fuel divestment: Accelerating the clean energy transition

Part 1 happened in September. View the webinar recording.

This webinar gave an overview of how Catholic religious orders, dioceses and other organisations can divest from the fossil fuel industry and support a just recovery from Covid-19. It wwas an opportunity to find out why the Vatican recommended divestment from fossil fuel companies in June 2020.

Speakers included:

  • Fr Augusto Zampini, Co-Secretary of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development
  • Dr Lorna Gold, Vice Chair of the Global Catholic Climate Movement
  • Br Stephen Power SJ, former Treasurer of Jesuits in Britain
  • Sr Susan Francois CSJP, Assistant Congregation Leader and Congregation Treasurer, Sisters of St Joseph of Peace
  • James Buchanan, Bright Now Campaign Manager, Operation Noah

Part 2: Investment for a green recovery: Innovation in impact investing
Wednesday 21 October 2020, 4.00-5.30pm
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The webinar will give an overview of how Catholic religious orders, organisations and individuals can make investments with positive environmental and social impacts.

Speakers include:

  • Lord Deben, Chair of UK’s Committee on Climate Change
  • Dr Sr Gemma Simmonds CJ, Director of Religious Life Institute at University of Cambridge
  • Neil Thorns, Director of Advocacy and Communications at CAFOD
  • Sr Pat Daly OP, former Executive Director of Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment
  • Shaun Cooper, Head of Finance at Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood
  • Victoria Carrion, Director of Membership and Partnerships at the Catholic Impact Investing Collaborative

This webinar series is sponsored by Operation Noah, Catholic Impact Investing Collective, the Global Catholic Climate Movement, CAFOD, Trocaire, Conference of Religious, Association of Provincial Bursars, National Justice & Peace Network and Justice and Peace Scotland.

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Fundraising concert, 22 February

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Date posted: 6 January 2020

Noah's arc

Musica Antica Rotherhithe are holding a concert to benefit Operation Noah this February.

The ensemble will give Falvetti’s Diluvio Universale its UK premiere. With anthropomorphised elements competing over the right to end mankind and a gleeful Grim Reaper eyeing victims, it’s comedy of the darkest kind. But its pivotal message is of hope and redemption, presented in gorgeous music, and through a tale – Noah’s Ark – that can be understood by all.

When? Saturday, 22nd February, 2020 at 7:30pm

Where? Holy Trinity Rotherhithe, SE16 5HF

More information and tickets are available here.

Together for the Climate event, 20 November

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Date posted: 15 November 2019

On 20 November, at Trinity House (near Borough High Street) in London Churches Together in South London Big Gathering organise a Churches Together for the Climate event.

James Buchanan (our Bright Now Campaign Manager) and Holly Petersen (on of our trustees, speaking on behalf of Christian Climate Action) will give talks at the event.

There will be a climate conscious buffet from 6pm; main programme from 7-9pm. Contact Claire Crowley for more information and to RSVP.

Climate Emergency: A Christian response – Saturday 29 June, 10.30am-4pm

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Climate Emergency: A Christian Response of Faith, Hope and Urgency – Operation Noah Annual Gathering 2019

When? Saturday 29 June, 10.30am – 4.00pm (10.30am arrivals for 11am start)

Where? CAFOD, Romero House, 55 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7JB

Free event – donations welcome to cover costs of the event. Bring-and-share lunch; tea and coffee provided.

Keynote talk: Hannah Malcolm winner of the Church Times’ Theology Slam; workshops on divestment, Extinction Rebellion/Christian Climate Action and eco-spirituality.

For more information and to book your place:

The event is open to anyone, you do not have to be a member to come along.

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