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English Conversation – Environment

Having lived and worked in Greece in the late 90s, teaching English for 2 years, I became more and more interested in the environment. Topic titles about the environment for Lower & Proficiency Exams in the first round I experienced, stood at around 18%, the second round 22%, the third round 38% etc. It was a growing topic. To research more, I travelled down town to the WWF office and Greenpeace Athens. It changed my life. I worked for Greenpeace Athens voluntarily for one year. I then went to New Zealand and worked for Greenpeace New Zealand, raising over $NZ40k, enabling 1000s of actions and changing the outcome of two significant campaigns. This was just about talking…

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Free Gifts for Church Gardening Clubs

Boom! Richard Trevithick, what do you make of that?

“Boom! What do you make of that?!” I ask my imaginary friend (the Richard Trevithick), again, as I drive home (in my Nissan ?). Drilling 4500m down to consider clean energy, right here (Cornwall), right now (August)?
It’s them again, those magic miners, that story since school days in Truro, hearing about another hot rocks milestone being passed.
The passion of these Men and Women of Science has no bounds, 4500m! The deepest mine in Cornwall is at 1000m. What will be down there, apart from heat? It’s not even about “will it work” it’s about “because we carefully can” and so much knowledge will be released. It’s like when they burst through deep, deep ice in Antarctica to explore past climate and life, as one bright spark said, “Hang on! We mustn’t contaminate it with ‘us’ let’s contain our atmosphere and protect it from that first.” What’s there? Most of you will grin and think, ‘a Cornish miner for sure.’
This excitement digs deep in us, renews our faith in man, not only to put things right, but to enlighten us with knowledge. They are about to tap into that massive granite resource, and as it upwelled during that great event, the Variscan Orogeny, the immense excitement upwells again in us, with the best timing. Beautiful United Mines, whatever they find, you reign again.
I’m writing this as I listen to the dawn chorus, it’s not yet 5am. Too excited to sleep. Later today, while preparing for next weeks Flood Forum board meeting, I’ll hide a little yawn and smile to myself, about the potential for Cornwall’s people and it’s super granite – the Cornubian batholith – to make the Anthropocene just a tad groovy.
#WishIWasAMiner
#ClosingTheLoop
? Charged yesterday as the sun poured on the small solar roof, thus exported to the National Grid. What would RT say? I ask him out loud regularly…then, like you, I think ‘men in white coats…’ ?

The Golden in Gardening

So today I went off to meet the gardener in a local Church I really like. He works there every Thursday morning for a couple of hours. I wanted to know if he needed any help and had any jobs planned. The answer? Of course!

Boom there it is, pretty much most of the criteria for the new Church Times Green Health Awards. On closer inspection, we found that the details of the award fit nicely with what he would like to do, we just need to invite others in and enjoy the opportunity we have in our Churches to allow everyone access to the health benefits of simple gardening. I couldn’t wait to get there, to breathe after a very busy 2 weeks. We all have such busy lives, we are all going faster, we have so much going on, but to put the phone on silent and to discuss this opportunity, on the bench, in the Church garden was complete bliss.

Some of the things the gardener wanted to do were also part of the Green Church Kernow Award Scheme. “Could do with putting up a bird box, oh we have a great carpenter, he might make some with people. Definitely need a water butt, we are making a compost pile….”

“Well it sounds to be like you might be the Green Champion in your Church!” I said, it sounds like you are going to be ticking off some award criteria easily, you have already invited me (Diocesan Environment Officer) to speak in your Church, if you talk about possibly having a once a month “gardening club” at the the time you would normally be here gardening, doing those things, in the church magazine and on the noticeboard you are almost close to a Bronze Award and can register with the Church Times Award too!

To avoid any ‘extra work’ I asked if the water butt should be delivered or collected, should funding be found for something like that specifically. “Oh delivered, bit tricky otherwise…” So I popped into a family run garden centre on the way back to the office. They were delighted to help, offering reduced delivery fees & advice when required, offered over a steaming coffee. What a fab morning! All fits nicely with the 25 Year Environment Plan from government; enabling people to enjoy local natural spaces, could also be a spring board to bigger things towards a Living Church Yard Scheme or even contributing to the future Social Prescribing opportunities.

 

Watch this space!

Environment Day – Caring for Creation as Mission

Watch a 1.5 minute film of the day (click here)

Audio: Professor Mike Hulme March 9th Truro Methodist Church (full audio link below)

 

Environment Day – Caring for Creation as Mission Tools & Links

Luci Isaacson, DEO

luci@climatevision.co.uk

01872 241239/07909 530 730

Let me know if you would like to join my DEO rare-email list

 

Professor Mike Hulme Talk 

Rev Lucy Larkin Further Resources

The Science, Theology and Ecology Course is a 12 week Diploma level module designed to explore the interaction of the natural sciences with theology with a particular focus on ecology. It covers the field of ecotheology and the questions it addresses about God, humanity and the natural world in the light of contemporary global challenges such as climate change.

For further information please contact the course tutor Rev Dr Lucy Larkin at lucylarkin@swmtc.org.uk

Notes from Lucy’s talk Talk for CMD day 09.03.18

Biodiversity Films Website Link

Stimulating thought through action in the town of Penryn, the seaside location of Paul and a rural spot in Gwinear.

St. Gluvias Community Hall Penryn

Reflective Garden at Paul

Beth Saundry Gwinear 

NEW Pledge & Award Film Website Links

– please share the example of LOVE in action that works best for you

1.5 Advert

5.5 Main Film  

15.5 Longer Film

Pledge & Award Form Pdf Website Link

Green Church Awards (A3-print-ready) Pledges & Awards Leaflet:Poster

Online Link

Pledge Resources Online 

Click here (updated)

CCC Risk Assessment Description

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25 Year Environment Plan (Chapt 3) Description

Click here

Further Reading (inc CMED Day detail)

March 9th CMED Full Information

 

Worship Resources

www.Churchcare.co.uk     

www.Ecochurchsouthwest.org.uk      

www.Ecochurch.arocha.org.uk    

Considering the climate for the Saints, today & 550AD

In the part-time role as Diocesan Environment Officer (DEO), I get to enjoy the many connections between my usual day-to-day job considering climate change and those celebrating the gift of creation.

 

Last week, I got to swap the office desk with the Cornish Celtic Way footpath, taking the opportunity to have a chat with Dr Chris Goldsmith, the Bishop of St. Germans as he completes his 120-mile pilgrimage. The journey criss-crosses Cornwall and takes in St Michael’s Way, (Lelant to Marazion), and the Saints’ Way, (Fowey to Padstow), as well as numerous other historic, holy sites.

I talked with Bishop Chris about my plans as DEO, to encourage everyone across the whole Diocesan community, to consider what they do to live in closer harmony with Gods intentions. To make it easier for people I would provide the tried and tested easy to use 10 pledges, which, if they did them slowly, perhaps one a month, to lessen their impact on climate change, they would also boost their resilience to it.

 

We talked about why this is needed and the many reasons we find to avoid contributing to earth’s fruitfulness and sustainability, but the stark facts for me, recently published by the Government’s Committee on Climate Change, prevail over all reasons and somehow, I need to find a way to enable people to get a firm grip on the subject to make their own decisions.

 

I see the 10 pledges enabling people to boost health, save money, combat loneliness, have less impact on the planet, take steps to consider impacts on family, church and congregations. I shared with Bishop Chris, my view that I have long seen the Church as the agent for this change and I’m quite excited about the possibilities.

 

As I started my mindful walking, after having stopped at St. James Well, I started to think about the times St. Cadoc, St. Mawgan and St. Brioc had as they walked the same route around 550 AD. It must have been so brave and exciting, but actually –it was a bit of a miracle. I remembered (from two fantastic Exeter University climate change degrees) that significant events around then, signalled in the ice cores, told stories of dreadful plague, famine and dust that had wreaked havoc with their lives. Apparently, they experienced the biggest volcanic dust clouds and climatic consequences observed in the last 3000 years.1 Having survived to tell the tales, to arrive in Cornwall, back then when a third of the European population had been wiped out by the Justinian Plague, was a significant deal. Perhaps a super eruption of Krakatoa some 15 years before? Reduced Solar radiation? A comet or cosmic swarm? Had the atmospheric make-up caused the plague? 2

During its peak, agriculture stopped, cities collapsed, as 5-10000 people died every day, with increasing outbreaks which didn’t stop until 590AD. Nature laid its signal in the ice cores as the people fell and it took back its role and turned croplands into forest. Bill Ruddiman talks about this dynamic and how it pulled carbon out of the atmosphere which allows us to think about the impact and response times to our activities.3

Mike Hulme talks about why we don’t want to relate to all of this in his brilliant book. Yet he knowingly suggests “climate change can help us bring the physical and the cultural, the material and spiritual, into a new realignment”.

 

Great, let’s get on with it, click on the Well and start your valuable journey, thank you

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

References

1 Stothers, R.B., 1984: Mystery cloud of AD 536. Nature, 307, 344-345

https://pubs.giss.nasa.gov/abs/st00210r.html

 

2 Baillie, M. 2007. The case for significant numbers of extraterrestrial impacts through the late Holocene. J. Quaternary Sci., Vol. 22 pp. 101–109. ISSN 0267–8179.

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jqs.1099/abstract

 

3 Ruddiman, W.F. (2005). Plows, Plagues and Petroleum: How Humans Took Control of Climate, Princeton.

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46728.Plows_Plagues_and_Petroleum

 

4 Hulme M. (2009). Why We Disagree About Climate Change. CUP.

http://www.cambridge.org/gb/academic/subjects/economics/natural-resource-and-environmental-economics/why-we-disagree-about-climate-change-understanding-controversy-inaction-and-opportunity?format=PB&isbn=9780521727327

https://www.mikehulme.org/affiliations/

Can you spare 45 minutes before the next storm? Here’s a great opportunity

Spending 45 minutes 1:1 with a climate scientist can unravel everything you need to know to get yourself ready for the next storm. 

At only £50 you can’t really afford not to, it’s the best deal on the table to get you ready quickly. You will have a hand held tour of whats available FREE of charge, an illustration of the real risk of flooding and some insight to how your business could make a few changes now BEFORE the next storm.

Totally Truro are offering match funding for Businesses in Truro BID. Full Article: http://goo.gl/Jel4f3

Book your Snapshot today and get a step up to resilience, this isn’t going to go away, embrace it healthily now and weather the the next storm more confidently knowing you have considered your business continuity. luci@climatevision.co.uk

Despite many engineering efforts, there will always be a need for you to be ready, as illustrated by our friends at Shoothill. This his need will increase over time, get ready now rather than be a victim.

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Flood Risk Snapshot

Climate Vision can now offer the Flood Risk Snapshot service at half price, due to match funding pledged by Truro Business Improvement District (BID) as part of it’s “best for business” project. This exciting new project will reduce the cost of this services to Truro business from £50 to just £25, making taking action to increase resilience easier and cheaper than ever.

The aim of this initiative is to raise resilience within Truro’s Business community, with the business owner and demonstrate the risks faced by the business with a user friendly tour of online resources, which will be used to create a preliminary assessment of the risk posed to the business considering the effects of future climate change. Climate Vision can then agree a plan of action with the business owner, which they can use to reduce the risks faced by their business. Climate Vision’s services are also available to help enact this plan and reduce the risk faced by the business even further to improve business continuity, consider property protection measures or use the sign-posted resources online.

Those who do not own their property should still consider the snapshot service, as this is about more than the mere bricks and mortar. Ensuring your business takes steps to become resilient to flooding can build business continuity and improve staff safety.

Businesses which are shown to be at risk will be identified and then invited to take part, as well as those who may suffer inconvenience due to flooding in nearby areas, such as access problems.

Neil Scott, BID Manager, said, With Truro’s close, and sometimes too close, relationship with water it is becoming increasingly important that the businesses in the city centre that are most at risk of flooding are aware of the potential impacts and that they develop plans to ensure business continuity. Having discussed this with Luci on several occasions, the format that she has developed and successfully tested with a handful of businesses is one that we are keen to support.”

Outcomes
Businesses in Truro that may be at risk have been identified. All have the opportunity to obtain advice about the risk they may face match funded by Truro BID (Normally £50, being made available for £25 until July 2016).

Look out for your invitation to sign up to this innovative scheme.

Book your Flood Risk Snapshot with Climate Vision for a one to one opportunity with a climate scientist to discuss the potential risks your business may face and overcome the awkward hurdles presented by climate change.

Contact Luci Isaacson MSc luci@climatevision.co.uk or call 01872 241 239 or 07909 530 730

Those who have experienced a FRS 

I met Luci with the plan to be open minded however I was a little sceptical about how she could help me. However she was extremely helpful and really helped me to understand the need for a flood risk plan by clearly explaining the risks and the best ways to reduce these. I’ve already started on making plans for removing my important electrical equipment! Darren Hoare, Zafiros Bar, New Bridge Street

Luci did a flood review of our business and went through the practicalities of what we needed to do if a flood occurred in New Bridge Street. We are aware of flooding in our street and have used sand bags before. She made us more mindful about the practicalities of what to do and what to be aware of, such as telephone numbers of who to call, if there is a flood. Sarah, the Rustic Home

Luci made me aware of the possibility of flooding in our business and what steps to take, if that was to happen. It was a really helpful and constructive meeting. Bridge Street Barbers, Anne Westgarth, New Bridge Street

I found the meeting with Luci very ‘thought provoking’ and useful. Although we had not previously considered our business to be at risk of flooding. The current available data for the City centre along with the experiences of business further up the country makes us realise that flooding of our premises is now more than likely to occur in the foreseeable future. Sensible and practical solutions to mitigate the risks were suggested by Luci and we will now be taking actions to protect our premises and business against future risks.  I would highly recommend the service and advice which Luci provides.” Simon Hendra, Hendra’s and the Lemon Street Market

 

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Developing one’s belief in one’s own ability to complete necessary tasks to deal with Climate Change

Farmer’s intended and actual adoption of climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies

Meredith T. Niles & Margaret Brown & Robyn Dynes

Abstract A growing body of work aims to understand the impacts of climate change on agriculture as well as farmer’s perceptions of climate change and their likeliness to adopt adapting and mitigating behaviors. Despite this, little work has considered how intention to adopt differs from actual adoption of climate change practices in agriculture. Applying the Theory of Planned Behavior we aim to assess whether different factors affect intended versus actual adoption of climate behaviors among farmers in New Zealand. Data were collected through mixed methods (37 interviews and a telephone survey of 490 farmers) in two regions of New Zealand 2010–2012. Through multiple regression models we test hypotheses related to the Theory of Planned Behavior around the role of attitudes, subjective norms, and perceived capacity in affecting intended and actual adoption. Results suggest that there are different drivers of intended and actual adoption of climate change practices. Climate change attitudes and belief is only associated with intended not actual adoption. We find no evidence that subjective norms (climate change policy support) significantly influence either intention or actual adoption. Only perceived capacity and self-efficacy were important predictors of both

Very interesting, so can we develop the strength of one’s belief in one’s own ability to complete the tasks and reach such goals?

Where do we start? 

Here at Climate Vision, after 6 years of Climate Science we asked the valuable people that taught us, what shall we do? The answer?

Cut carbon and get people ready, click on the links to do just that and make a start today.

PIK PR: When sea levels rise, damage costs rise even faster

Check out our Flood Risk Snapshot, saving looming costs, get in the know in just 45 minutes. For a more complex look enjoy the following article from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) this morning:
“A large share of the world population lives in coastal regions,” says Jürgen Kropp, director of the RAMSES project. “In the light of limited funds for adaptation it is an asset to provide comparable cost assessments. While mitigation remains of vital importance to keep climate impacts on a still manageable scale, an adaptation perspective can help to limit damage costs in the right places.”
Article: Boettle, M., Rybski, D., Kropp, J.P. (2016): Quantifying the effect of sea level rise and flood defence – a point process perspective on coastal flood damage. Nat.Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 16, 1‐18. [DOI:10.5194/nhess-16-559-2016]
Weblink to the article: www.nat-hazards-earth-syst-sci.net/16/559/2016/