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Our summer school this year will be held from 22nd to 26th July at Parcevall
Hall near Appletreewick in the Yorkshire Dales. We will be in a beautiful
place and we will be asked by many well-resourced and qualified speakers to
take responsibility for our one world.
The title of our school this year is:
‘Dignity, Peace, Well-being, through Sustainable Goals.’
The sustainable development goals are a collection of 17 global goals set by
the United Nations General Assembly in 2015. The agenda heading is
‘Transforming Our World.’ The aim is to fulfil the goals by 2030 and no one
goal must take precedence. All the goals hang together and for one to succeed
all must succeed.
We chose a painting of a tree as our summer school symbol this year because
although trees are not included as a specific goal, they provide a link between
many of the goals and planting more of them is part of the challenge we all face
for the future. Planting trees has a part of play in reducing poverty and hunger,
in creating good health for all, in providing affordable and clean energy and
decent work. Planting trees will improve production and consumption and life
in general. Above all, trees must play a key role in climate action for the
Last year’s UN report estimates that we only have eleven years to turn climate
change round. The poorest parts of the world are suffering most, with extreme
weather, flooding and droughts, leading to hunger and homelessness. The
whole world must change, but we in the UK can play a leading role. We have
to make drastic cuts in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and to reach net
zero by 2045. Planting trees is one way of doing this.
Speakers at our summer school include the writer David Rhodes, Christopher
Garland from Australia, Samuel Issmer from India, Geoffrey Mungai and Paul
Mpishi from Kenya, Jenny Brown and Alison Doig from Christian Aid, mining
engineer Peter Woods, Patrick Holden from the Sustainable Food Trust, Paul
Chatterton from Urban Studies at Leeds University, Adrian Cullis from the
Agricultural Christian Fellowship, Archbishop Angaelos from the Coptic
Orthodox Church, Barbara Butler and Bishop John Flack who is chaplain.. It
will be a good week and, if a residential stay is not possible - day visitors are
welcome . The full programme is on the web site.
Flyers for newly published books from Christians Aware "Just Food:
Food and Farming for a Sustainable Future", and "Rosa" by Susi
Bechhofer, can be viewed via the buttons below.
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