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Eco-Friendly Living

Living Gently on the Earth 2024

May - October 2024

Thursday 23 May | 2-4pm | Severn Room, The Old Palace
'How can we all switch to a more sustainable “circular economy” and lower our environmental footprint?'
“The circular economy is a system where materials never become waste and nature is regenerated. In a circular economy, products and materials are kept in circulation through processes like maintenance, reuse, refurbishment, remanufacture, recycling, and composting.” Dominic Lavelle is Managing Director of Go Green Experts, a Worcester-based Net Zero Carbon Consultancy. Dominic helps medium & large companies decarbonise and become more environmentally friendly.
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Thursday 6 June | 2-4pm| The Abbott's Kitchen, The Old Palace
'Hope in an Age of Crisis and Turmoil'
If we look out over the present situation:  the recent pandemic, global warming, shifting weather patterns, rising seas, wild fires, loss of biodiversity, wars in Ukraine, Gaza, the Gulf. Eleven current civil wars, millions of displaced peoples and migrants, oppressed communities like the Uighurs detained in Chinese re-education camps...  It can be hard to sustain hope as the daily news hits us.
There are approaches to hope we could take starting from literature and poetry perhaps most famously An Essay on Man by Alexander Pope 1733-4 “Hope springs eternal in the human breast: Man never is but always to be blest.” Or Philosophical – the atheist Marxist Ernst Bloch’s three volume The Hope Principle. Or the new discipline of the psychology of Hope, with research on how hope impacts on education, work, health and community well-being and techniques for improving it.  All of the above would be interesting places to start our discussion of Hope.
But what is the Source of Our Hope? Specifically the hope we have as disciples of Jesus. The source of our Hope is much more ancient. So my treatment will focus on the Jewish and Christian Scriptures and the hope of the communities that produced them and that still celebrate and live out of them today.
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Saturday 24 August | 7.30-9.30pm
‘The fascinating and mysterious world of Worcester Cathedral’s bats’
Did you know that England’s bat species are known as “environmental indicators” because their fates are so closely linked to the health of the natural world around us. Come and join us for an illustrated chat about the amazing bats of Worcestershire and hear more about the nationally important role which Worcester Cathedral plays for nature conservation.
We’ll take a walk around the cathedral’s grounds to look and listen for bats, and we’ll have special bat detectors allowing us to listen-in on the bats as they fly around hunting for insects.
Your bat evening (held on International Bat Night, celebrated in more than 30 countries) will be led by Cody Levine of Worcestershire County Council and Worcestershire Bat Group. Cody’s a chartered ecologist with more than 20 years’ experience working with wildlife, and has a particular interest in bats and lighting.
Please note:
- The route may include some inclines and uneven path [includes steps down to Kleve Walk and the riverside, an area which is partly illuminated].
- Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
- It’s recommended to bring a torch and wrap up warm!
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Thursday 26 September | 2-3.30pm | Abbott's Kitchen, The Old Palace
'Reconciling Mission - with Rev Dr Alastair McKay'
A workshop session for clergy and lay leaders, especially those with a heart for their parish’s engagement with local neighbourhood, and for working in partnership with other people and organisations beyond the church.”
Alastair is director of Reconciliation Initiatives and is based in Worcester Diocese. He leads training and development programmes in the UK which resource churches for deeper engagement with local neighbourhood and community. He has 30 years’ experience in facilitating adult learning and was the director of Bridge Builders for nearly 20 years. He is the author of Bridgebuilding: Making peace with conflict in the Church (Canterbury Press, 2019).
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Saturday 5 October | 10am - 4pm
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Events are free to attend.

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