What on Earth are we going to do? Bradford Cathedral’s EcoExtravaganza returns for second year as a four-day online environmental festival

EcoGroup Mike de Villiers in a still from one of the videos, looking at the Bradford Cathedral Woodland Project.

Following the first EcoExtravaganza, held in autumn 2019 as part of the cathedral’s centenary year, Bradford Cathedral are excited to announce that this year’s follow-up has expanded into a four-day online festival that will cover a range of live events, pre-recorded videos and a special Harvest Festival service that will all explore the question ‘What on Earth are we going to do?’ about the environmental issues of the day.

The four-day online festival will run from Thursday 24th – Sunday 27th September 2020 and will feature a keynote event each day as well as pre-recorded videos scheduled up across the weekend which can be watched live or later via the cathedral’s website, social media channels or YouTube.

Please see below for some of the current highlights of the festival, with more to be announced soon, with dates and times, across the cathedral’s sites:

  • Keynote speakers including on Thursday Dr Ruth Valerio (Author of ‘Saying Yes to Life’) on living sustainably, and on Saturday Green Christian, looking at their programmes and work. These are bookable now via the website. More information about the Thursday and Sunday events to be announced shortly.
  • The Harvest Festival Eucharist on Sunday morning, streamed live, including a sermon preached by Rev Ruth Newton
  • An eco/environmental/green themed collaboration with the online Bradford Street Market.
  • Tim Farron MP exploring some key questions around politics and the environment
  • A special Children’s Space activity for families to take part in
  • A video exploring the Bradford Cathedral Woodland Project
  • Canon Mandy presenting highlights of the work done by Bradford Cathedral including their solar panels, recycling initiatives and insect hotels
  • A video looking at the work of the Friends of Queensbury High Street, in particular their litter picking sessions
  • A series of videos all about the importance of Fairtrade
  • A video exploring the environmental work of St Stephen’s Church in West Bowling
  • Plus more to be announced, including videos on how to go plastic-free, top ten tips to make your house more green, and more videos about the good environmental work done around Bradford.

Mike de Villiers of the EcoGroup:

“Talk of climate emergency can be depressing, but we’re aiming for an event which will tell good news stories and give us some practical tips on the changes we can make to help the planet.

“There will be a variety of online formats, including talks, webinars and short films, and you will be able to catch up on anything you miss for a month. There should be something for everyone, locally or further afield, with relevance whatever your faith (so tell your friends!)”

For more information about the event please visit https://www.bradfordcathedral.org/whats-on/eco-extravaganza/. Please note that the line-up may be subject to change.

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