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February 2021

Dear friends,

This month we have news of webinars on divestment, an update to our climate-themed Bible study resource and news of a forthcoming global divestment announcement. There is an opportunity for Operation Noah supporters to help us push the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill up the political agenda.

We have also recently welcomed four new trustees to the Operation Noah board and are excited about the new skills and experience they bring.

The Operation Noah team

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Listen back: Methodist divestment webinar

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Earlier this month we hosted a webinar for Methodists on divestment. We were delighted that almost 400 of you were able to join us. The webinar explored how the Methodist Church can support a just and green recovery from Covid-19 ahead of COP26 by divesting from fossil fuels and investing in clean alternatives.

Bill McKibben, keynote speaker and founder of 350.org, expressed his gratitude to faith groups in the UK, including Operation Noah, ‘who have been making this case (for divestment) for a decade’. He said that COP26 in Glasgow this year, ‘could be a moment of great hope and great power’, describing the growing power of the climate movement as seeing, ‘the Holy Spirit at work’.

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Join us: Scottish Churches webinar: COP26, divestment and investment in the just and green recovery

Wednesday 3 March, 7:00pm-8.30pm
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Join this webinar to explore how Churches in Scotland can divest from fossil fuels and invest in the just and green recovery ahead of COP26. Hear from Dr Lorna Gold, Director of Movement Building at FaithInvest and Acting Chair of the Global Catholic Climate Movement, Alejandro Alemán Treminio, Climate Change Officer at Centro Humboldt (a Christian Aid partner in Nicaragua) and coordinator of Climate Action Network Latin America and more. The webinar will also see the launch of the Scottish Churches COP26 Pledge on Divestment and the Just and Green Recovery.

The webinar is sponsored by: Eco-congregation Scotland, Operation Noah, Christian Aid, Justice & Peace Scotland and Friends of the Earth Scotland.

Join us: Anglican Communion webinar: COP26, Divestment and Investment for Climate Justice

Thursday 25 March, 7:00pm-8.30pm
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A free webinar exploring how Churches across the Anglican Communion can take action for climate justice by divesting from fossil fuels and investing in clean alternatives.

Speakers include Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft, the Bishop of Oxford, as well as Revd Dr Rachel Mash, Environmental Coordinator of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa and Secretary to the Anglican Communion Environmental Network. There will also be speakers from the Scottish Episcopal Church, the Church in Wales and Church of Ireland, as well as the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.

The webinar is being organised by Operation Noah in partnership with the Anglican Communion Environmental Network, Christian Aid, Tearfund and Eco-congregation Scotland.

Commit to divest: Global Divestment Announcement: 17 May 2021

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Together with our friends at the Global Catholic Climate Movement, World Council of Churches, Green Anglicans and GreenFaith, Operation Noah is delighted to launch the next global divestment announcement for faith organisations, which will take place on 17 May 2021.

If you would be interested in getting your church organisation to make a divestment commitment as part of the announcement, we would be delighted to hear from you. Please get in touch with Bokani Tshidzu for further information or to register your interest.

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Tenants of the King - Leaders Notes Updated

We have recently updated the leaders’ notes for our four-session Jesus-centred Bible study resource, Tenants of the King. As the study is now a few years old we wanted to make sure it was fit for purpose in this year of both climate emergency and climate opportunity. The course is ideal for those with little knowledge or acceptance of the climate crisis and the theological basis for action. We have also added subtitles to the videos.

▪ Both the videos and the leaders’ notes are now freely available here.
▪ Participant booklets (pdf and hardcopy) and the videos on a usb stick can be purchased on our website.
Both the videos and the leaders’ notes are now freely available here.
Participant booklets (pdf and hardcopy) and the videos on a usb stick can be purchased on our website.
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Catch up with our most recent blog posts
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Help push the CEE Bill up the political agenda. Back in December 2020 we announced Operation Noah’s support for the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill (CEE Bill). Now we need your help to keep it high on the political agenda.

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Talking to our Church Leaders about the climate crisis. Operation Noah board member, Rachie Ross, recently spoke to church leaders in her local area about how they could best tackle the climate crisis. Watch her talk and find out more about asking an Operation Noah board member to talk to your church.

Four new trustees

Operation Noah appoints four new trustees. Operation Noah is delighted to introduce four new trustees. Read more about Hannah, Rachie, Shilpita and Steph.

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Events, Resources and Opportunities

Green and ethical investment workshop. Operation Noah’s Bokani Tshidzu is running a workshop on green and ethical investment for Green Christian on Wednesday 10 March. She will look at the rationale for ethical investment and how we can make a difference through investing responsibly for the environment.

Greenfaith International Network Launches. On 11 March, GreenFaith will officially launch a new network and the Sacred People, Sacred Earth campaign.

Research explores young Christians’ concerns about the climate crisis. New research from Youthscape and Tearfund shows that nine out of ten young Christians are concerned about the climate crisis but only one in ten think their church is doing enough about it.

Church of England appoints new bishop for the environment. The Bishop of Norwich, Graham Usher, has accepted the invitation of the Archbishop of Canterbury to lead the Church of England’s Environment Programme with a charge to lead bold, deliberate, collaborative action across the Church to tackle the grave existential crises of climate change and biodiversity loss.

Climate change and health warning report. This month the Climate Change Coalition, the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change and the Priestley International Centre for Climate published a report showing that the health of more than 12 million people in the UK alone is vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

Climate Outreach webinars. Climate Outreach is running two free webinars during March. One is about the imagery we use when we communicate about the climate emergency and the other is to help campaigners engage the public on COP26.

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