Resources following ECO Open meeting on 17th April 2021
Prepared by: Sheridan Pengelly & David Hodgkinson
Tips for newsletters etc. https://www.50waystohelp.com/
Evangelism and Environmentalism Methodist webinar https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2j0J6-h2430
Green Methodist Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/157226032757380
Tear Fund Climate Emergency Tool kit https://www.climateemergencytoolkit.com/
Climate Justice 4 all
(Global Methodist Young People) https://worldmethodistcouncil.org/cj4a/
Climate Sunday https://www.climatesunday.org/.
ECO Church (A Rocha) https://ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/
Operation Noah https://operationnoah.org/
Bright Now (campaigning for churches to divestment from fossil fuels
Litter Picking https://www.facebook.com/groups/chelmsfordlitterwombles/
Help with cutting down on plastics
Refill shop Chelmsford https://www.refillchelmsford.co.uk/
Silo Maldon https://silomaldon.co.uk/
Laundry/Dishwasher delivered through the post https://smolproducts.com/
Note from David - You have to be very careful as some suppliers offer green gas but when you look closer offer offset emissions (see glossary carbon offsetting) for gas rather than production of biomass gas ( Octopus and eco electricity energy are such) companies. There are also concerns that Biomass gas production also emits Co2 into the atmosphere (but not on the scale of fossil fuels).
Carbon neutral A process where there is no net release of CO2. For example, growing biomass takes CO2 out of the atmosphere, while burning it releases the gas again. The process would be carbon neutral if the amount taken out and the amount released were identical. A company or country can also achieve carbon neutrality by means of carbon offsetting.
Carbon offsetting A way of compensating for emissions of CO2 by participating in, or funding, efforts to take CO2 out of the atmosphere. Offsetting often involves paying another party, somewhere else, to save emissions equivalent to those produced by your activity.
Climate change A pattern of change affecting global or regional climate, as measured by yardsticks such as average temperature and rainfall, or an alteration in frequency of extreme weather conditions. This variation may be caused by both natural processes and human activity. Global warming is one aspect of climate change.
COP26 The UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 1 – 12 November 2021. The COP26 summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Fossil fuels Natural resources, such as coal, oil and natural gas, containing hydrocarbons. These fuels are formed in the Earth over millions of years and produce carbon dioxide when burnt.
Greenhouse effect The insulating effect of certain gases in the atmosphere, which allow solar radiation to warm the earth and then prevent some of the heat from escaping. See also Natural greenhouse effect.
Paris Agreement The Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was adopted on December 2015 in Paris, France. The agreement, adopted by 196 Parties to the UNFCCC, entered into force on 4 November 2016 and as of May 2018 had 195 Signatories and was ratified by 177 Parties. One of the goals of the Paris Agreement is ‘Holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels’, recognising that this would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change. Additionally, the Agreement aims to strengthen the ability of countries to deal with the impacts of climate change. The Paris Agreement is intended to become fully effective in 2020.
Renewable energy Renewable energy is energy created from sources that can be replenished in a short period of time. The five renewable sources used most often are: biomass (such as wood and biogas), the movement of water, geothermal (heat from within the earth), wind, and solar.