One World Week 2019

One World Week runs from 20-27 October and we are building on last year’s theme so, inspired by the 16 year old schoolgirl climate activist, Greta Thunberg, we shall be focusing on the urgency for action.

We need to act now if we are to keep climate change within limits that allow the planet’s systems to continue to support its diversity of plants and animals, including humans, and their projected populations.

It is becoming clear that our current values system and associated economic system make it difficult to achieve the rapid and profound changes necessary to safeguard the future of our children. This is why “Everything needs to change – and it needs to start today”  (Greta Thunberg, TED talk. See it here)

We’ve done a chart to show how different issues link together and why we have chosen the title Climate Changes Everything.

Some progress has been made but not enough and not fast enough to avoid the serious risks posed by global warming. The science suggests that change is accelerating despite our best (?) efforts. Our children are urging us to do better.

In OWW we want to help people acknowledge the urgency for change and offer ideas of actions they can take personally, as communities and as national and global citizens. It is vital that we do not drive people to despair but, instead, inspire people to act.

“Once we start to act hope is everywhere”

Greta Thunberg (TED Published Feb. 13, 2019)


What we’d like to see in the Portsmouth area is as many climate related events as possible – let’s get everyone talking about what can be done.

You can find lots of useful resources on this site:

Green websites including links to worship materials

Resources for teachers or people working with children

Speakers you could invite (more offers welcome)

Film ideas

Plus you can link to lots of local groups and see what they are doing.

And don’t forget the national OWW website. You can find lots of great resources including worship materials which we’ve produced locally  

Events organised for One World Week 2019 in the Portsmouth area

Monday 30th September. System Change – some exciting new ideas:  Short talks and videos on solutions like Doughnut Economics, the Circular Economy, Cradle to cradle, Economy for the Common Good. Portland Building, University of Portsmouth Room 1.67  7-9 pm

To find out more

Friday 4th October The Race is On. A new film about Climate Change and what we need to do. With film -makers James Dyke and Paul Maple plus a panel of local experts.  6.30  – 8.30  Eldon Building University of Portsmouth, Middle Street Portsmouth.

To find out more

Chat over Chai. Two meetings on people who are forced to move 22/10 12.30 to 2.30 at the Deaf Centre, 279 Arundel Street Portsmouth PO4 0LQ and 24/10 12.30 to 2.30 at the Havelock Centre, 324 Fawcett Rd Southsea PO4 0LQ

The Burning Tide – Climate Change and forced global migration. Talk by Claire Chandler of Stand Up to Racism, personal stories, poetry, music, displays, stalls. Refreshments.  Free. Tue 22nd October 7.15 to 9.15.  Cathedral Discovery Centre, Bishop Crispian Way, Portsmouth PO1 3QA.

For more information

Portsmouth Film Society will be showing Capernaum on Wed 23/10. It’s the story of Zain, a gutsy Lebanese streetwise child as he flees his negligent parents, survives through his wits on the streets, is jailed for a crime, and finally, seeks justice in a courtroom

 Waterlooville events.

Our International Food Evening is scheduled for Friday 25 October at 7.30 pm in the Parish Centre Church of the Sacred Heart & St Peter the Apostle 356 London Road Waterlooville PO7 7SR
The International Mass will be celebrated at 10.30 am on Sunday 27 October at the same address. Maureen Thompson has agreed to speak at the Mass reflecting on her visit to Poland for the Climate Change Conference

PFOE Climate Change Walk & Talk Sat 26th October 10 am to 12 am

Care for Creation – an event at Cosham Baptist Church on Monday 28/10.  Talks, stalls, workshops, plant-based meal

And further ahead. Thursday 21st November. Building a Better World.

Climate, Poverty and Justice. With Asad Rehman, Director of War on Want

and Kelly Munday, Oxfam’s Inequality Campaign Project Manager. 7pm Cathedral Discovery Centre as above. Tickets £10 includes light supper – for Oxfam projects

To find out more