CEQ Climate Emergency Meeting

11/01/2020, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

at The Priory Rooms, Birmingham

A Low Carbon Commitment Forum / special Climate Emergency meeting for members and attenders of Central England Area Meeting.

In November a group of 15 Friends from across the area meeting, (plus Wolverhampton meeting, Peacemakers and Peace Hub), met at a workshop facilitated by Hilary Topp to start identifying the particular contribution we could make as Quakers to the ‘climate emergencies’ being declared by local authorities in response to pressure from climate activists and others.  Most climate emergencies contain a commitment to become ‘net zero carbon’ at a future date, ranging from 2030 to 2050.

We had a productive initial meeting in November and Hilary collated the answers to the question “What are practical ways that CEQ can contribute to local authorities becoming net zero carbon?” under eight themes – ranging from “by working with others to influence policy makers” to “by showcasing our low carbon living”.  Read the initial answers we developed at the workshop.

We agreed to bring forward the date of the next Low Carbon Commitment forum and continue on wider basis.  The meeting will be facilitated again by Hilary Topp and followed by a shared ‘bring your own’ picnic lunch if you are able to stay.

The aims of the meeting on 11 January will be:

  • Developing plans and activities within the themes identified in our first meeting
  • Identify what Quakers can do best and agree priorities
  • Write a minute to area meeting with a suggested way forward

Please let Chris Martin know in advance – or bring on the 11 January – specific opportunities for activities and events that can be included in our discussions.

One opportunity is to hold a major city centre World Earth Day event at the Priory Rooms on Wednesday 22 April.  It is the 50th Anniversary of World Faith Day with aims close to our hearts as Quakers and climate campaigners.  An event in Birmingham would be part of a global network of events.

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The Priory Rooms
40 Bull Street
B4 6AF