The Climate Emergency: - Listening and responding to the ‘Cry of the Earth and the Cry of the Poor’
This is the Archdiocese of Birmingham Justice and Peace Assembly 2020
Venue: Zoom

Justice and Peace Online Assembly 2020

Session 1: Ecological Conversion:
Date: Monday 28th September
Time: 7:30 to 8:30pm
Speaker: John Paul de Quay
Chair: Ann Kelly
An examination of conscience is a useful tool in looking at the state of our relationships with God, neighbour, and our planet. The planet part is not always obvious in regular examens. We will explore this idea through an examen we designed to bear in mind integral ecology, drawing attention to our relationships with God, neighbour, and planet through images of everyday objects such as electronics, clothes, vehicles, and food.
John Paul de Quay runs Arundel and Brighton’s The Journey to 2030 project which is a campaign run by the Ecological conversion Group. It aims to help us as a Church act to tackle our ecological crisis and climate change through community action.

Session 2: Plan the Future – the climate emergency, building back better and COP 26:
Date: Wednesday 30th September
Time: 7:30 to 8:30pm
Speaker: Neil Thorns; CAFOD Director of Advocacy and Education.
Chair: Philip Mayland
Abstract: In these times Pope Francis tells us to “Plan the Future not Plan for the Future”. The Climate Emergency was already having a devastating effect on poor communities before Coronavirus struck. In the wake of the global crisis this pandemic has caused we must take the opportunity to build back our world in a greener, fairer and sustainable way. Pope Francis’s call has never been more urgent.

Neil is responsible for CAFODs work in addressing the root causes of poverty through its campaigns, policy and direct engagement with governments. This work is often undertaken with sister agencies across the world and the Vatican. Neil is also Chair of the Climate Coalition which brings together over 100 organisations in the UK for action on climate change.

Session 3: Local Government Responsibilities:
Date: Friday 2nd October
Time: 7:30 to 8:30pm
Speaker: Dr Jacqueline Homan, Head of Environment WMCA
Chair: Barbara Nicholson

Through my career, I have been interested in how people interact with their environment, whether that be dealing with exposure to acute risks or mitigating potential effects from climate change. I have been drawn to working in cities (largely in Europe) as spaces where people, place and solutions can be brought together to create system change. I have largely worked in the government space, seeing the public sector as a huge enabler for change.
Specialties: European funding, innovation and science policy, project delivery

Session 4: Evening Service of Prayer for the Feast of St Francis in the Spirit of Laudato Si’ and caring for our common home
Date: Sunday 4th October
Time: 7:00 to 7:45 pm
Speaker: with the participation of Archbishop Bernard
Chair: Fr. Gerry

All sessions will take place via Zoom.
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