The Sustaining Our Future festival made it to Canberra WIN TV news. Watch it here:
Category: Carbon Action Project
Wednesday, 16 September 2020
Canberra’s inner north will this weekend host a Sustaining Our Future Festival that seeks to reduce our carbon footprint and build resilient communities.
The churches of Holy Cross Anglican and St Margaret’s Uniting in Hackett have put together an afternoon of talks, demonstrations and tips for action.
“If you want to do something about climate change but aren’t sure where to start, the festival can help identify simple ways to reduce your carbon footprint, tell you how much CO2 you would save and inspire ideas for the future,” said Reverend Chris Lockley of St Margaret’s.
“During these pandemic times, it’s even more important we find ways to get together safely and discuss common concerns and to ways to make a difference.”
The program includes an ACT election candidates forum moderated by college students.
“We think it’s great and appropriate that our young people, who have a lot invested in a low-carbon future, will have this opportunity to quiz local candidates about their sustainability policy ahead of the October poll,” said Reverend Tim Watson of Holy Cross.
Also speaking will be Australia’s Ambassador for the Environment, Jamie Isbister.
The full program is as follows:
Saturday 19 September
- 12.00 noon – 12.20 pm Welcome to Country by Aunty Vi Sheridan
- 12.25 – 1.00 pm Australia’s Ambassador for the Environment and head climate negotiator, Jamie Isbister in conversation with author, Toni Hassan
- 1.05 pm – 1.35 pm Brook Clinton from Capital Scraps Composting on “The science of composting”
- 1.40 pm – 2.00 pm Holy Cross/St Margaret’s Carbon Action Project talk
- 2.05 pm – 2.45 pm Mia Swainson from Zero Waste on “How to halve your household waste”
- 3- 4 pm ACT Candidates’ Forum run by students from Dickson College, with Kurrajong candidates including Elizabeth Lee and Shane Rattenbury. To book https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=659164
- 4.30 – 6 pm Free concert with Lucy Sugerman (The Voice / National Folk Festival Youth Ambassador 2020) plus local bands including Northbourne Flats and Pig Dog To book: https://www.trybooking.com/654789
- All afternoon – stalls by Society, Environment and Economy (SEE) Change, Canberra Seed Savers, Switched on cycling, ENJO & Women’s Climate Congress, photography on display, art for kids and food/coffee cart
Sunday 20 September
* 9.30am Ecumenical “Celebration of Creation” outdoor worship service
On 19-20 September, Holy Cross Anglican Church and St Margaret’s Uniting Church, Hackett, are running a community sustainability festival, as part of our joint churches Carbon Action Project. This is a COVIDSafe event, and is open to all.
- 12.00 noon to 12.20 pm. Welcome to Country by Aunty Vi Sheridan
- 12.25 to 1.00 pm. Australia’s Ambassador for the Environment and head climate negotiator, Jamie Isbister in conversation with local writer and journalist, Toni Hassan
- 1.05 pm to 1.35 pm. Brook Clinton from Capital Scraps Composting on “The science of composting”
- 1.40 pm to 2.00 pm. Holy Cross/St Margaret’s Carbon Action Project talk
- 2.05 pm to 2.45 pm. Mia Swainson from Zero Waste on “How to halve your household waste”
- 3pm to 4pm. ACT Candidates’ Forum run by students from Dickson College, with candidates for Kurrajong, including Elizabeth Lee and Shane Rattenbury. To book for this event please go to: https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=659164
- Stalls by Society, Environment and Economy (SEE) Change, Canberra Seed Savers, Switched on cycling, ENJO & Women’s Climate Congress.
- Pedal-powered glass snail by www.kineticsculptures.org
- 12 noon to 4 pm. Photography exhibition with photos from lockdown
- 4.30 pm to 6 pm. Concert with Lucy Sugerman (The Voice / National Folk Festival Youth Ambassador 2020) and local bands including Northbourne Flats and Pig Dog. To book for this free concert go to: https://www.trybooking.com/654789
- 9.30am: Ecumenical Creation Service outdoors under our flowering cherry tree
To help reduce energy usage and save money around the home the Holy Cross and St Margaret’s Carbon Action Project team have produced an information package entitled ‘Energy Smart Actions.’ It includes:
- a list of tips for saving energy
- the link for using the on-line Australian Greenhouse Calculator (for those wanting a closer look at their cartoon footprint); and
- a Data Sheet to make a carbon action plan and record results.
Our hope is to support and inspire households in North Canberra to reduce our emissions and go carbon-neutral. Please use these resources and let us know how you go.
No one wanted to look at each other.
No one wanted to speak, to be the first
to speak…Carrie Fountain
Holy Cross and St Margaret’s have recently moved to a weekly “Eco-Minute” in our Sunday worship, to ensure that we pray regularly for our Carbon Action Project, which forms part of our wider commitment to God’s mission in the world.
On 24 May, Ascension Sunday, our “Eco-Minute” was a poem by Carrie Fountain, published in the online journal ECOTHEOREVIEW. You can read it here:
Holy Cross and St Margaret’s are embarking on a Carbon Action Project, which we are launching on Sunday 1 March:
9.30am Joint Service – 1st Sunday of Lent;
11am Launch of Carbon Action Project
This is a very significant initiative in the life of both our churches, enabling us all to practice what we preach as stewards of God’s good creation.
See our Carbon Action Project page for more information.
A post from a young parishioner:
On Sunday at church we talked about how God is behind creation and all living things. Rachel did an amazing talk on how our beautiful planet is heating up, increasing the number of species of animals that are extinct, and how we can learn from Aboriginal people to care for the earth. It got us all thinking. Will we have a planet to live on in a decade or two?
Will my children be able to survive in such an environment? How can we save what God has given us before it’s too late?
I myself have been thinking about these things already but this got me thinking deeper, because if governments are not going to do anything then it’s up to us too.
Global warming is a BIG problem! We need to start acting. There are little things to do to make a difference to stop our planet heating up more:
We can eat less meat. Even though meat is good for you (in most cases) it is adding to the pollution of our environment. I am a flexitarian which means I eat meat only sometimes. When I am older I want to be a full vegetarian, but for now, as I am growing, I need protein. Livestock farming is crashing our environment because cows and other non-native animals are contributing to severe drought which at this rate we’ll see a lot more of across the world!
We can walk places. I walk home from school about three day a week. I’m not perfect because I do get dropped off places quite a lot, but I’m trying to improve every day. Walking or bike riding helps the environment because when you use a car that uses fossil fuel petrol it adds to pollution in the air and global warming. It adds to the invisible bubble surrounding the earth. This bubble lets heat in but DOESN’T easily let it back out again. Electric cars are better.
When I’m older I’m 110% going to own an electric car. My family has a hybrid car which is pretty good. If we want to get out of this climate mess than we should have an electric (or solar) car (if we are going to have a car at all) or take public transport!
On that morning of Creation Sunday, we made craft using natural materials to celebrate nature and we wrote a letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison letting him know that he is not doing enough about climate change and that it’s NOT ok. Whether he listens or not is up to him but honestly I think that deep down everyone, including him, is scared. We all just have different ways of showing it. But if are going to get out of this mess we all need to decide to stand up, fight back for the planet and not let climate change ruin something that was never ours alone to ruin.