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Women’s Fairtrade Experiences in Palestine and India

Wednesday 8th March 2017, 5.30pm

Cory Room, Sport Central, Northumbria University

Northumbria University and the Co-operative College invite you to find out how Fairtrade and co-operative production empowers women in Palestine and India, at a special event for International Women’s Day.

For a flyer, click here.

During Fairtrade Fortnight, Northumbria University will be hosting two visitors from Zaytoun, a community interest company which finds a market place for Palestinian produce in the UK. Our visitors produce organic and Fairtrade olive oil and almonds, as well as large grain couscous maftoul and spice mix za’atar.

We will also be hosting Veena Nabar who has made a short film about co-operatives and coconut production in the Indian territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

In addition to hearing about their work there will be chance to sample a wide range of Fairtrade products, network and to ask questions to our speakers more informally.

Admission free, but please book online at:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/womens-fairtrade-experiences-tickets-31677707877

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NE-CAP’s Annual General Meeting, Monday 6th March

Annual General Meeting

Monday 6th March 2017, 5.30 for 6.00 pm

Clement Stephenson Lecture Theatre, Agriculture Building,
Newcastle University (access from St Thomas’s Street, Haymarket)

Refreshments will be served from 5.30pm

For a Flyer, click here; and for the Agenda & Announcements, click here.

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Entering Ballot for Great North Run

Newcastle University’s nationally acclaimed Great North Run initiative for…

‘Action on Global Poverty and Action on Climate Change’!

For further information, click here.

“One of the most amazing experiences of my life and it was an honour to take part… Your work is invaluable – please keep up your efforts.” (David Chambers, BSc Engineering)

“A huge thank you for your wonderful support… We’re so grateful… Fantastic! … Good luck to everyone taking part!” (Lucy Moulsdale, Save the Children)

“This is the sort of intelligently compassionate response I applaud.” (Professor Sir George Alberti, former Dean of Medicine at Newcastle, and former President of the Royal College of Physicians)

No deductions for ‘expenses’!

Generous concessions are available to students!

Opportunity to support actions on humanity’s greatest challenges, via agencies with an outstanding track record!

What other team offers the following?

• On-campus training seminar and social;
• Briefings on kit, health and safety;
• Regular updates on training;
• Advice on preparing for the Big Day;
• Fantastic team photo’s just before the Run and at finish!

Joining the Team:

• Let Dr Golding, Team Manager, know you’re interested – david.golding@ncl.ac.uk

• Go to http://www.greatrun.org/great-north-run and click on the green ‘Enter’ button on right of screen.

• Login or complete the registration process (see below), and let Dr Golding know you’ve done so;

• Most of it is straightforward, but where it asks “Do you want to run for SimplyHealth’s nominated charity, Revitalise?”, click “No”;

Ignore the question which asks whether you want to run for a charity in the Great North Run! You do, but it’s Jubilee Debt Campaign (JDC), not one of the small number of mega-charities which are shown in the list provided! JDC is one of the hundreds of small charities registered with GNR which are not shown;

If you’re unlucky in the ballot, let Dr Golding know immediately. You’ll have a high priority for one of the team’s 25 ‘charity places’, at the same price (£54).

The Great North Run is the greatest mass-participation sporting event in the world and over a million people have taken part in it. Each year, it’s covered extensively on BBC 2. It’s a ‘Run’, not a ‘Race’, and anyone in reasonable health who’s prepared to take the training seriously can complete it and enjoy doing so. For 2017, it’s scheduled for Sunday 10th September, two weeks before the start of term.

Team photo just before the Run

Team photo just before the Run

Our nationally acclaimed ‘University Team’ raises awareness and funds for what are surely the two greatest challenges facing the human race – namely, global poverty and climate change – and to support action on the horrendous humanitarian crises currently in the news. Each team member has a wide choice as to which agency should receive a substantial proportion of the funds they raise.

Raquel and Kristianne at the Finish (2016)

Raquel and Kristianne at the Finish (2016)

A training seminar and a social, at which technical know-how and experience is shared, instil a sense of community and purpose; help with fundraising is varied and imaginative; and team photo’s before the Run and individual ones at the Finish provide great mementos of a wonderful experience.

“Hand on heart, I have to say that [the support given] is an inspiration to everyone ready to follow into the challenge of the Great North Run” (Professor David Leat, Team Captain).

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Newcastle University’s nationally acclaimed Great North Run initiative for…

‘Action on Global Poverty and Action on Climate Change’!

“One of the most amazing experiences of my life and it was an honour to take part…

Your work is invaluable – please keep up your efforts.” (David Chambers, BSc Engineering)

“A credit to our institution. I commend it” (Professor Brink, Vice-Chancellor)

“A huge thank you for your wonderful support… We’re so grateful… Fantastic! … Good luck to everyone taking part!” (Lucy Moulsdale, Save the Children)

“This is the sort of intelligently compassionate response I applaud.” (Professor Sir George Alberti, former Dean of Medicine at Newcastle, and former President of the Royal College of Physicians)

Generous concessions are available to students!

No deductions for ‘expenses’!

Joining the Team:

• Let Dr Golding know you’re interested – david.golding@ncl.ac.uk;

• Go to

http://www.greatrun.org/great-north-run

and click on the ‘Reminder Service’ button. GNR will then send you a reminder when the General Ballot for places opens;

• Enter the ballot when it opens and let Dr Golding know you’ve done so;

• If you’re unlucky in the ballot, let Dr Golding know IMMEDIATELY. You’ll then have a high priority for one of the team’s 25 ‘charity places’, at the same price (£54).

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The Great North Run is the greatest mass-participation sporting event in the world and over a million people have taken part in it. Each year, it’s covered extensively on BBC 2. It’s a ‘Run’, not a ‘Race’, and anyone in reasonable health who’s prepared to take the training seriously can complete it and enjoy doing so. For 2017, it’s scheduled for Sunday 10th September, two weeks before the start of term.

Our nationally acclaimed ‘University Team’ raises awareness and funds for what are surely the two greatest challenges facing the human race – namely, global poverty and climate change – and each team member has a wide choice as to which agency should receive a substantial proportion of the funds they raise.

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Left: At the finish, Raquel de Sousa and Khristianne Greenhalgh, students in the Faculty of Medical Sciences (2016)

A training seminar and a social, at which technical know-how and experience is shared, instil a sense of community and purpose; help with fundraising is varied and imaginative; and team photo’s before the Run and individual ones at the Finish provide great mementos of a wonderful experience. “Hand on heart, I have to say that [the support given] is an inspiration to everyone ready to follow into the challenge of the Great North Run” (Professor David Leat, Team Captain).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CLICK HERE.

For photo’s, see below:

Pre-Run – team doing a ‘Mo’ (2015)

Pre-Run, The ‘Professorial Team’ (2016) (l-r): Prof Bernard Golding; Dr Phil Ansell, Dean of Sport; Prof Emma Stevenson; Prof David Leat (Team Captain); Prof Steve Vincent; Prof Phil Taylor.

At the finish: Professor David Leat, Team Captain (2016).

At the finish: fly-past by the Red Arrows – a great sight! (2016).

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MARK THE DATE – Thursday 2nd February

Dear Friends of NE-CAP,

PLEASE MARK THE DATE for our biggest event (correction, events!) since our ‘Service of Thanksgiving and Recommitment’ for Make Poverty History in 2006! These events represent an enormous ‘coup’ for Newcastle University and our regional campaign, so please make every effort to come to one, or preferably, both of the events.

And please spread the news far and wide, by Facebook, Twitter, email, etc. Flyer provided here.

THURSDAY 2ND FEBRUARY 2017, AT 5.30 pm, Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, Newcastle University (immediately opposite Haymarket Metro).

5.30-6.45pm: 4th ‘Newcastle Jubilee Development Lecture’ – but come early if you want a seat in the auditorium!

7.30 for 7.45pm, until 9.00pm: ‘Christian Responses to Climate Change – Commentary & Panel Discussion’.

PLEASE NOTE that only liquid refreshments and biscuits will be provided for those wishing to attend both sessions.

For further information, contact Dr David Golding CBE (david.golding@ncl.ac.uk)

4th NEWCASTLE JUBILEE DEVELOPMENT LECTURE

The 4th ‘Newcastle Jubilee Development Lecture’, entitled “Ten years after the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change: Looking Back, Looking Forward”, will be given by Lord Nicholas Stern.

The Lecture is sponsored by Newcastle University, the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle, and Jubilee Debt Campaign UK.

CHRISTIAN RESPONSES TO CLIMATE CHANGE

Professor Robert White FRS

Professor Robert White FRS

The Lecture will be followed, at 7.30 for 7.45pm until 9.00pm in the same venue, by “Christian responses to Climate Change – Commentary & Panel Discussion”, chaired by Rt Revd Mark Tanner, Bishop of Berwick. The topic will be addressed under the following headings:

• “Responding with hope”, led by Professor Robert White FRS, Director of the Faraday Institute at St Edmunds College, University of Cambridge, and co-author of ‘Hope in an Age of Despair’;

Maria Elena Arana

Maria Elena Arana

• “Responding with compassion”, led by Maria Elena Arana, national Campaign Coordinator for CAFOD;

• “Responding with lifestyle-choices”, led by Jo Herbert, a young activist from Tearfund.

Jo Herbert

Jo Herbert

This event will be sponsored by the Chaplaincies of Newcastle and Northumbria Universities, with the support of the Diocese of Newcastle, CAFOD, Christian Aid, Faraday Institute, Christians in Science, John Ray Institute, BMS World Mission, Tearfund, Northern Baptist Association, URC Northern Synod, North East CALL TO ACTION and other agencies.

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‘Save Druridge’ – Government steps in; sets up Public Enquiry!

To read earlier chapters in this long-running saga, see our posts back in July…

On 8th September 2016, Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government, stepped into the row over the proposed new open-cast coal mine near the beauty spot, Druridge Bay, by ‘calling in’ the application and setting up a Public Enquiry.

He could have just ‘waved through’ the County Council’s decision!

We may have had a role in this development, since we concentrated on the global significance of the issue in terms of climate change, providing vehement expressions of opposition to the mine from six leading scientists, and scores of other scientifically literate staff at Newcastle University. And climate change and renewable energy were matters highlighted by the Minister as requiring further consideration – the first time this aspect has been cited in this way!

To read these statements of opposition, submitted to the Inspector by David Golding on 9th November, 2016, click here;

To read David Golding’s own statement, submitted on 11th November, click here.

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‘Save Druridge’ – Submission by John Ashtom CBE

Note by David Golding:

This moving and impressive statement to the Planning Enquiry was made by Mr John Ashton CBE, who served as Special Representative for Climate Change for three successive Foreign Secretaries in the Blair, Brown and Cameron Governments: Margaret Beckett (2006-7); David Miliband (2007-10) and William Hague (2010-12).

It is published here with permission.

The case against new opencast mining at Druridge Bay is overwhelming: indeed it is astonishing that the Highthorn proposal should have remained so long in play. If it were to go ahead it would undermine our national interest in relation to climate change and energy. It would damage the well-being and prospects of the communities into whose life it would intrude. And it would send an unwarranted message to the world that here in the northeast, we lack the vision and imagination to grasp the real opportunities in front of us, preferring instead to cling to an obsolete model of regional development that offers only an illusion of progress.

[To continue reading, click here…]

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The Great North Run, Sunday 11th September, 2016

14th Glorious Year for Jubilee Debt Campaign’s team for…
Action on Global Poverty & Action on Climate Change

The Great North Run is the biggest half-marathon in the world! Team recruitment was good this year, rivalling that in 2015, with nearly 70 registering to participate, many but not all of them staff and students at Newcastle University. Injury, illness and conflicting responsibilities conspired to reduce that number to about 60 people prior to the big day, which dawned warm and sunny – perfect for the spectators, but not so good for runners wanting to improve on their times!

A good number turned out for the Team Photo on the morning of the Run and they made a fine sight, doing their now traditional ‘Mo Farah’ and ‘Usain Bolt’ impersonations! The team included four university professors and Dr Phil Ansell, the university’s Dean of Sport, and Prof Emma Stevenson, Professor of Sport Science, joined them for Pre-Run photo’s.

After the Pre-Run photo’s, the Team Manager, David Golding, went across to the Finish and took ‘shattered but triumphant’ photo’s of team members. Whilst waiting for them, he enjoyed the spectacle of the aerial acrobatics provided by the Red Arrows.

Two team members came up from London to take part – namely, Charlie Tunmore, until recently a member of JDC staff, and Alysa Remtulla, a staff member at STOPAIDS. Both spoke on behalf of the campaigns on the previous evening, at a high-profile meeting to celebrate the Run attended by several community leaders and about 60 supporters of North East CALL TO ACTION, a regional member of JDC.

The team raises sponsorship funds for JDC and the wider global poverty and climate change campaigns and, excluding the present year, has raised over £180,000.

Photo’s, courtesy of Crispian Oates (Pre-Run) and David Golding (Post-Run):

1) Team members doing a ‘Mo Farah’ and a ‘Usain Bolt’ prior to the Run;

2) The ‘Professorial Team’ (l-r): Prof Bernard Golding; Dr Phil Ansell, Dean of Sport; Prof Emma Stevenson; Prof David Leat (Team Captain); Prof Steve Vincent; Prof Phil Taylor;

3) Charlie Tunmore, former staff member with Jubilee Debt Campaign; and Alysa Remtulla, staff member at STOPAIDS, at the Run Finish;

4) Raquel Teixeira De Sousa and Khristianne Greenhalgh – both students in the Medical Faculty, at the Finish.

5) Professor David Leat, Team Captain, at the Finish.

6) Revd Bryan Vernon, Veteran of many Runs, at the Finish.

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7th Annual ‘Eve-of-Run’ Gathering, Saturday 10th September

7th Annual ‘Eve-of-Run’ Gathering, Saturday 10th September
to celebrate the Great North Run
and express support for those in need at home and abroad

Our ‘Eve-of-Run’ gathering was a splendid affair!
• The range of agencies which sponsored it;
• Our Special Guests, including Ms Lucy Winskell OBE DL, Deputy Lord-Lieutenant of Tyne & Wear, who had warm words of welcome for the gathering;
Chi Onwurah MP, who chaired the ‘Advocates for Justice’ campaigns event;
• Singer/Songwriter Gareth Davies-Jones moved us with two songs of justice and compassion;
• Speakers, Alysa Remtulla, runner, & staff member, STOPAIDS, Charlie Tunmore, runner, & staff member, Jubilee Debt Campaign, gave brief updates on their respective campaigns;
Andy Biggs, Chief Executive of Traidcraft, was an excellent keynote speaker;
• and The Revd Catherine Lack led the brief ‘Service of Blessing’, with which the evening concluded.

Our thanks to everyone who made the occasion such a success – including St Thomas’s Church which hosted it and the sixty plus people who supported it!

Images courtesy of Crispian Oates, to whom thanks are also due.

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Climate campaigners take issue with Alan Campbell MP

I was reminded of the pungent comment by Professor James Hansen, formerly NASA’s chief climate scientist:

“They talk about goals which sound impressive, but… the actions are such that it will be impossible to reach those goals.”

I also remembered reading a strong statement by Gordon Brown, when he was Prime Minister, that “tough decisions” would have to be made if we were to rise to the challenge of climate change. But later in that very week his government gave the go-ahead for expansion at Heathrow Airport! I thought, “Does the irony of this not strike him?”, great and able man that he undoubtedly was, who had been such a champion of the debt and global poverty campaign.

The occasion was the publication in the Whitley Bay ‘News Guardian’ of a statement by Alan Campbell MP, welcoming the decision to construct a third runway at Heathrow, and the letter which follows, co-authored with Malcolm Scott of Friends of the Earth, was published in the paper on 20th November.

http://www.newsguardian.co.uk/news/mp-meets-climate-campaigners-1-8194243

“We were both disappointed to read Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell’s endorsement of the decision to build a third runway at Heathrow, in his regular column in the News Guardian (Oct 27). It was the case because, only a week earlier (Oct 20), campaigners had been pictured with Mr Campbell near St Mary’s lighthouse, presenting him with a T-shirt showing the words ‘MPs against climate change’. As we told him then, ‘We’ve had the promises – now we need the policies!’

“Of course a new runway will increase economic activity – in the North-East as well as in the rest of country – but that is only in the short term. In the long term, it will make a mockery of the Government’s promises to cut greenhouse gas emissions to an acceptable level. Climate change is already with us, as climate-related disasters become regular events throughout the world, but if we carry on with ‘business as usual’, these events will turn out to be only the foothills of an Everest of climate chaos.

“There is a better way – it’s to honour the Paris Agreement, of which the UK is a signatory, in spirit and letter! As the Agreement puts it, if ‘everyone fully supports it and helps bring its ambitious goals to life with real action’, then and only then we have a real chance of bequeathing to our children and grandchildren ‘a safe and prosperous world’.

Dr David Golding CBE, Newcastle University and North East CALL TO ACTION

Malcolm Scott, Coordinator of North Tyneside Friends of the Earth

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