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Happy New Year!

All of us at Climate Stewards hope you have a peaceful and joyful New Year. Maybe 2018 is the year when we will see  the world come together to tackle the biggest issue of our time - climate change. 2017 bought many encouragements as we met and talked with people all over the world who are working where they are to make a difference - from seemingly small changes at home to talking to their neighbours to reaching out to governments and taking action to keep the goals of the Paris Agreement at the forefront of people's minds. 2018 is the year to continue, and enlarge that work.

At Climate Stewards we have plenty planned for 2018 - our first Seal of Approval project is launching in Uganda, with more to follow, we'll be rolling out updates to our calculator and website, and continuing to be a Christian voice for climate justice in the UK.

One big issue is the upcoming introduction of the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). We already take seriously the need to take care of your information, but in light of the new requirements we need to ask you whether you are happy to carry on receiving news and updates from Climate Stewards. To help us serve you, please click one of the two links below to indicate your preference:
 
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A New Partner - St John's, Waterloo

St John's, Waterloo is a new Climate Stewards partner who, during Advent 2017, ran a campaign promoting Climate Stewards. They write: 
"St John's aims to be an inclusive church on London’s Southbank. Our congregation is both local and international and we welcome all ages and LGBT members. God calls us to work on issues of social justice including climate change. In 2016 we won the silver Eco Church award. In 2016 we raised money for tree planting in the UK. In 2017 we wanted to offer our community the opportunity to offset elements of their carbon footprint. We are particularly excited to support Climate Stewards’ Ugandan project, since we are home to Okusinza ma Luganda, a Ugandan speaking congregation."

Young people at St John's calculate their carbon footprint:

All going swimmingly...


To celebrate the 20th anniversary of fundraising consultants Wootton George Consulting, the Director Simon George will be swimming 20 miles in 2018, in support of Climate Stewards. This builds on the company’s six years of CSR support for its charity partner.

Simon commented: “I’m not a great swimmer and 20 miles will take me months to achieve, a bit at a time, but the work of Climate Stewards is so important in raising awareness of climate change and in finding practical ways to tackle it, that I felt I had to do my bit to help. So I’m hoping that lots of people will get behind me and support Climate Stewards’ fantastic work in 2018.”

To sponsor Simon’s swim please visit his JustGiving page here

From Local to Global


Faith for the Climate is running their second interfaith climate symposium is February. The symposium will be looking at how we can harness local action on climate change to enact change globally, and asking how we can celebrate and encourage local cooperation. Climate Stewards will have a stand at the symposium, so come and say hello!

"Come and explore how we can work across and within different faith traditions in the UK to tackle the issue that affects millions worldwide."

Speakers:
  • Lord Deben, Chair, UK Committee on Climate Change
  • Rabbi Alexandra Wright, Liberal Jewish Synagogue
  • Ashok Sinha, Chair, London Sustainability Commission
  • Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra,  Assistant Secretary General, Muslim Council of Britain
  • Rt Revd Richard Cheetham, Bishop of Kingston
There will be workshops on a wide range of topics - EcoChurch, EcoSynagogue, local action, the Climate Coalition's Show the Love campaign, and many more.... 

The symposium is intended for anyone keen to see their faith group or congregation more active in climate issues. 
Details:
Date: Wednesday, 7th February 2018, 5pm -9pm
Venue: The Liberal Jewish Synagogue, 28 St John's Wood Road, London NW8 7HA
Tickets, £5,  include vegetarian, kosher and halal supper and can be booked online.

Tickets can be booked at www.ticketsource.co.uk/faithfortheclimate.
 

Save Atewa Forest

Climate Stewards first started working with A Rocha Ghana in 2007 - with them we developed our first offsetting projects: tree planting at schools in the south around Kumasi, and in the north in local communities. Over the years A Rocha Ghana have gone from strength to strength and expanded their conservation work in many areas - one of those being the precious Atewa Forest. Late last year A Rocha Ghana made the news by announcing the discovery of the globally endangered White-naped Mangabey Cercocebus lunulatus monkey in the Atewa forest.

Now, A Rocha Ghana is asking all of us to get involved and help to save the Atewa Forest which is threatened by bauxite mining operations.

You can read more on A Rocha's website, or go directly to their petition to save the forest.
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