St John’s July Eco-Festival:
Build Back Better
St John’s Church will be running an Eco-festival throughout July to encourage the community to build back better to improve our natural environment, especially as we have experienced fresher air, heard amazing bird songs, and seen more people looking out for each other during this unusual time.
To build back a better world, we have redesigned dinner conversations to have a virtual interaction with a specific topic and devised a number of activities to continue to increase our awareness of the impact we make on our planet. Those attending will gain tips on actions one can take to increase our sustainability, reduce our carbon emissions and the amount of waste we generation.
There will be four tracks or themes. In each track we’re excited to have “interactive virtual dinner discussion events“. This means, if you’re preparing dinner or having dinner at the time, join in with our live sessions to chat to someone with specialist knowledge in an area you might be interested in exploring. We don’t need feeding and you can simply put us on your TV or laptop screen as you would with any Zoom session. So we really would be part of your furniture. The format will be like question time: a bit of discussion and responding to questions from you. However if you do have a burning question for a session that you want to ensure we answer, complete our question form to park the questions with us and we will ask the panelist on the day on your behalf.
**WARNING: We may provide tips that help you save money and might even earn you money whilst reducing your environmental impact!**
Track 1: Hope and Nature
Last year fires burned in Australia, Brazil, the Arctic, and North America. This year the world is sharing a unique experience. Covid19 lockdown has re-introduced many to bird songs, wild flowers and fresh air. It has also been a time for reflection. Come explore with us:
- 12th July St John’s Eco-Church Service: Hope for a Renewed World (live service on YouTube
- Throughout July: Help Create a Trail of Hope and Visions
- This year and on: Nature Adventures at St John’s and with EarthWatch
- 20th July 6-7pm: Discover & encourage nature in your local hood with EarthWatch
- 22nd July 6:30-7:30pm: Exploring the world of bees
- 28th July 12pm: Runnymede & Weybridge Climate Lobby with Ben Spencer
- 31st July 6-7pm: Green Discussion: How we can Build Back Better with representatives from Runnymede Borough Council
Track 2: Zero Waste
The amount of waste we generate is within our control and there is a push for a circular economy to prevent waste being generated in the first place. Imagine if our businesses and households generated very little waste. We would see less litter from packaging and bags on the streets and we would be able to divert £4.3 million funds that was used to process our waste to other community projects. Join our activities and a virtual session to reduce waste and litter on our streets
- 25th-31th July: Clean up Activity with Egham Residents Association
- 25th July: Marathon Clean Up with the Tyre Lady (to be updated)
- Throughout July: Poster Competition: Litter Litter, Why So Much Litter?
- Throughout the year: Be Part of the Eco-Brick Activity Making Team
- 24th July 6-7pm: Journey to Zero Waste and Litter Free Environments
Track 3: The Food Waste Trail
When we bless our food and give thanks for our food what does that really mean? What is bad food? Could food waste be a thing of the past? How can we generate less food waste and be more self sufficient?
18th July 7-8pm:Movie Night: EVENT POSTPONED – Updated later
- 17th July 7-8pm: Make Food Last & Eat Great Food
Track 4: Low Carbon, Energy Efficiency
Technology can help us to reduce our carbon emissions. Attend our sessions with subject matter experts who can guide you on the path to a more carbon neutral household or tell you everything you wanted to know about cycles and cycle repair.
- Webinar: The Future of Travel by Xavier Brice
- 13th July 6-7pm: Creating Carbon Neutral Homes
- 15th July 6-7pm: Everything you wanted to know about cycles and cycling
- 25th July 10am-1pm: Cycle Repair & Mini-Craft Fair at St John’s Church Grounds
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