Eco Conference – Looking after the Earth

JRI is pleased to support this important event at St Lawrence’s, Hungerford on Saturday 18th June from 10:00 til 16:00. Both our President, Dr Mike Morecroft, and our Director of Theology and Education, Revd Margot Hodson are keynote speakers and it promises to be an excellent day. Admission is free, but please book by contacting Alison Saunders to sign up by email admin@​ or telephone 01488 208341. The venue is: St Lawrence’s, Parsonage Lane, The Croft, Hungerford, Berkshire, RG17 0JB. Please bring sandwiches for lunch and drinks will be provided!

Looking after the environment has never mattered more, but what can individuals, churches, and local communities actually do? This day conference will help participants to better understand the issues and how they can play their part in responding to the major environmental challenges of our times. It will address the moral and spiritual issues from a Christian perspective, as well as provide the latest science and practical solutions. Workshops will provide information and inspiration from a range of Christian and secular organisations and everyone, irrespective of their beliefs or faith, is warmly invited to join us. No prior knowledge or experience required.

10.00 Welcome and scene-setting (Bp Olivia Graham, Bishop of Reading)

10.10 What is the challenge? The latest science on the climate and nature crises. (Dr Mike Morecroft, Natural England & Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change).  Mike is a nationally and internationally recognised expert on climate change and nature and a lead author on the most recent IPCC report to the United Nations. He is president of JRI.

10.40 Why should we look after the Earth? (Rev Margot Hodson, Associate Vicar of the Shill Valley and Broadshire and Director of Theology and Education for JRI). Margot has written and spoken widely on environmental issues.

11.10 Coffee

11.30 How can we make a difference? (Helen Stephens, Eco Church, and A Rocha). Helen works for A Rocha UK, a Christian charity working for the protection and restoration of the natural world, including by supporting and advising churches through the Eco Church scheme.

12.00 Questions for the Panel

Host: Rev. Mike Saunders, Vicar of Hungerford

LUNCH (Please bring sandwiches for lunch and drinks will be provided!)

1.30 – 2.30 & 2.45 – 3.45 Workshop Sessions

Participants have the opportunity to choose two, one in each session.

1 HEAT your home without costing the earth
Led by John Downe from Hungerford Environmental Action Team (HEAT)

2 Zero emissions motoring
Led by HEAT

3 How to make a wildflower meadow
Led by Charles Flower in The Meadow Tent

4 Becoming an Eco Church
Led by Helen Stephens Eco Church

5 Partnering with the Woodland Trust
Led by John Tucker from the Woodland Trust

3.45 Reflection – Bp Olivia Graham, Bishop of Reading

4.00 Finish