Climate Justice Summit, Programme

Once In A Lifetime
Monday 23rd – Tuesday 24th September 2019
Climate change is a justice issue. Those who have the least political and economic power, and the least responsibility for the changing climate, are affected the most. We have a moral and ethical imperative 
to respond to their call for immediate action.

Climate Justice Summit, Programme

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Once In A Lifetime
A 2-day Climate Justice Summit in Cambridge

Monday 23rd – Tuesday 24th September
St Paul’s Church, Hills Road, Cambridge 
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Tickets are now on sale. 
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Climate change is a justice issue 
Those who have the least political and economic power, and the least responsibility for the changing climate, are affected the most. We have a moral and ethical imperative 
to respond to their call for immediate action.

We are inviting community activists, experts, artists and theologians from the UK and the Global South to take part in an interactive 2-day summit at the 
St Paul’s Centre in Cambridge.

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Monday 23rd September
Coffee and registration
09:00 

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Welcome and introduction
09:30 

Chris Rose
Amos Director Chris Rose will introduce the key themes, format, ethos and culture for the summit.

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Where we are now?
10.00

Michael Northcott in discussion with Elaine Storkey
Michael and Elaine will discuss the scientific, social, political, cultural, economic and theological/spiritual contexts around the issue of Climate Justice.

They will introduce some of the key themes of the summit: sustainable local responses; women and youth leadership; a focus on the global south; activism and spirituality; social movements and individual and collective agency and influence — giving a voice to the voiceless.

Michael is Professor of Ethics at the University of Edinburgh and is best known for his contributions to environmental theology and ethics. Elaine is a writer, broadcaster, speaker, academic and Christian Feminist.

Links:
Michael Northcott
Elaine Storkey

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Coffee
11:00

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Why local is key
11:30

Hear from organisations in the global south and from those in the UK, why understanding and creating local-to-local links is key to achieving climate justice and to sustain our ongoing responses.

Presentations and Q&A with our key speakers:

  • Dámaris Albuquerque from CEPAD Nicaragua
  • Helen Stephens from A Rocha UK
  • Caroline Pomeroy from Climate Stewards
  • Kate Metcalf from Women’s Environmental Network
  • Jackson Nazombe from the SEED Project, Zimbabwe 
  • A Rocha Ghana and Uganda — TBC

Dámaris E. Albuquerque
Dámaris is Executive Director of CEPAD, Amos Trusts partner in Nicaragua.

Helen Stephens 
Helen is Church Relations Manager at A Rocha UK, a Christian charity which runs 'Eco Church' — an online award scheme for churches across England and Wales.

Caroline Pomeroy 
Caroline is Director of Climate Stewards, a charity which helps individuals and organisations to offset unavoidable carbon emissions by supporting community forestry, water filter and cookstoves projects through working with partners including A Rocha Ghana and Uganda. She has worked for Tearfund in Ghana, and more recently, spent 3 years in Rwanda working with various environmental and community projects.

Kate Metcalf
Kate is co-director of the Women’s Environmental Network, with 20 years' experience delivering participatory training, developing community networks and project management. She has worked in international development organisations promoting gender equality in Latin America, Africa and Asia.

Jackson Nazombe
Jackson established the SEED Project when he came to the UK to pursue his studies and as the space for political and social engagement in Zimbabwe was shrinking. The SEED project seeks to build holistic sustainable responses with disadvantaged communities in Zimbabwe.

A Rocha Ghana
A Rocha Ghana is working to protect the Atewa Forest through advocacy and livelihood training as well as promoting tree planting amongst schools in Kumasi. 

A Rocha Uganda
A Rocha Uganda works with Climate Stewards on a biosand water filter project which helps to reduce charcoal usage as well as providing clean drinking water for local villages.

Links:
Dámaris E. Albuquerque
Helen Stephens
Caroline Pomeroy
Kate Metcalf
Jackson Nazombe
A Rocha Ghana
A Rocha Uganda

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Lunch
13:00

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Why women will save the world 
Women’s leadership in Climate Justice
14:00

Join the conversation between women leaders on why women must be at the centre of responses to climate change and of the call for climate justice.

Hear of the importance of feminist solutions to climate change. Learn about the connections between gender and environmental injustice. Hear how women who are often the most affected by the impact of climate change can lead in combating its impact.

With contributions from:

  • Kate Metcalf from Women’s Environmental Network
  • Susan Buckingham, an independent researcher 
  • Dámaris E. Albuquerque from CEPAD, Nicaragua 
  • Elaine Storkey

Links:
Kate Metcalf
Susan Buckingham
Dámaris E. Albuquerque
Elaine Storkey

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Tea
15:30

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It’s time for the grown-ups to grow up
Young people’s leadership in Climate Justice
15:45

Listen to young people talk of their grass root actions, their campaigns and what young people’s activism is achieving. Hear what actions they would like to see and what they think it will take to make the next steps, and how the rest of us need to respond.

With contributions from:

  • Extinction Rebellion Youth Cambridge 
  • Tim Lornie from Just Love Cambridge 
  • Jake Woodier from UK Youth Climate Coalition
  • Local children’s climate activists

Links:
Extinction Rebellion
Just Love Cambridge
UK Youth Climate Coalition

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Bringing it all together
17:15

A chance to stop and listen to the key themes that have emerged during the day.

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Climate Cabaret
Dinner from 19:00

A cabaret-style evening of performance, music and spoken word.
St Paul’s Church, Hills Road, Cambridge 
Directions

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Tuesday 24th September
Coffee and registration
09:00

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A Just Transition
Panel discussion and Q&A
09:30

With only 11 years left until climate catastrophe, does a just transition matter? What would it look like for the global north and the global south?

With guest contributors to be announced.

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Now is the time
Social Movements and Direct Action
11:00

In this extended session, we will hear how we build social movements and of different theories of change within the climate crisis. We will hear of the importance of direct action and how different types of activism come together to realise the change we need.

We will also look at our own agency, our success, our failures and how we build communities of influence; learning valuable lessons from our partners in the global south on courage, perseverance and community mobilisation. 

With an introduction to the session by Alasdair Roxborough, Head of Communities & Networks at Friends of the Earth.

With contributions from:

  • Greenpeace
  • Christian Aid
  • Extinction Rebellion
  • Tearfund
  • Operation Noah
  • Hope For The Future

Links:
Greenpeace
Christian Aid
Extinction Rebellion
Tearfund
Operation Noah
Hope For The Future

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Lunch
13:00

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Spirituality of Resistance 
Why spirituality is key to sustaining activism
14:00

Whether it be the civil rights movement, the anti-apartheid struggle or in countless liberation struggles, spirituality, in music, art, poetry and film, which explores how people’s personal or shared beliefs and values are understood and expressed, has been key to sustaining activism and challenging injustice.

Join with climate activists and experience how they express spirituality.

With contributions from:

  • Susan Buckingham
  • Dr. Jonathan Chaplin from Cambridge University
  • Amrita Bhohi from St Ethelburgers
  • Rev. Alex Mabbs from Brighthelm Church/Operation Noah
  • The Rabbani’s Projects Green Deen Team
  • Chris Rose from Amos Trust
  • Gilberto Aguerre from CEPAD, Nicaragua
  • All We Can — Methodist Relief and Development

Dr. Jonathan Chaplin is an independent researcher and writer, member of the Cambridge University Divinity Faculty and co-editor of In Search of Good Energy Policy

Dr Alex Mabbs is the minister in charge of Brighthelm Church — one of the earth churches. He has been developing work on Ignatian Spirituality and climate change.

Links:
Susan Buckingham
Dr. Jonathan Chaplin
St Ethelburga’s
The Rabbani Project
Rev. Alex Mabbs
Amos Trust
CEPAD

All We Can

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A Voice for the Voiceless
Why our inter-connectedness matters
15:45

This session will be based at Cambridge University Botanic Garden. We will experience why our inter-connectedness with nature really matters and how we root ourselves in the world around us. We will think about how we use this to motivate our activism and understand how we can reclaim what’s lost.

With contributions from:

  • Brian Draper — writer and broadcaster
  • Andy Atkins from A Rocha UK

Links:
Brian Draper
Andy Atkins

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Bringing it all together
17:15

A chance to stop and listen to the key themes that have emerged during the day.

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Tickets: 

  • Full ticket:
    23rd – 24th September
    £40/£30 concs.

  • One-day ticket:
    Either the Monday or Tuesday
    £25/£15 concs.

  • Cabaret:
    Monday night 
    £10/£5 concs. — unless you’ve bought a ticket for one or both days, in which case it’s free.

Tickets are now on sale. 

For further details, please email forest@amostrust.org

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