Eco Extravaganza

EcoExtravaganza 2020: What on Earth are we going to do?

A four day online festival looking at the key environmental issues our planet is facing.


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 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.

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Thursday 24th September 2020


9am - 5pm: Bradford Street Market

Join us on Thursday 24th September for an eco/environmental/green themed collaboration with the online Bradford Street Market. Click here to view the Facebook event.

Bradford Street Market Image


5pm: The Environmental Work of Bradford Cathedral

From being the first cathedral to install solar panels to on-going work to encourage flora and fauna in the cathedral grounds, Canon Mandy takes us through some of the things Bradford Cathedral does to remain green.


6pm: Ten pledges to help the planet

How to become more environmentally friendly with some great tips from those who have tried them!

  • Pledge 1: Switching to Green Energy – David Bunting (St John’s Knaresborough)
  • Pledge 2: Food – Karen Marshall (St Thomas Heptonstall & St James Hebden Bridge)
  • Pledge 3: Educate about climate science – Jemima Parker (Diocesan Environment Officer)
  • Pledge 4: Contact MP – Katherine Grasham – Diocesan Disability Officer
  • Pledge 5: Public transport etc – Sara lo Polito – Diocese of Leeds Learning
  • Pledge 6: Carbon footprint calculating – Kerry Morrison (St Mark’s Harrogate)
  • Pledge 7: Home Energy check – Cal Bailey (St James, Woodside)
  • Pledge 8: Turn the thermostat down – Anita Shaw (Headingley Churches Team)
  • Pledge 9: Fly less – Jill Jones (St Edmund’s Roundhay)
  • Pledge 10: Greener Driving - Dawn Savidge, Diocesan Children and Youth Team



7:30pm - Dr Ruth Valerio: How to help the planet by living sustainably

Dr Ruth Valerio is Global Advocacy and Influencing Director at Tearfund. An environmentalist, theologian and social activist. Ruth holds a doctorate from King’s College London, and honorary doctorates from the Universities of Winchester and Chichester. She is Canon Theologian at Rochester Cathedral and her home church is part of the 24/7 Prayer Network. She enjoys living sustainably - practising what she preaches and inspiring others as she does so - in the South of England with her family. She is the author of L is for Lifestyle:Christian Living that doesn’t cost the earth and Just Living:Faith and Community in an age of Consumerism, and has written the Archbishop of Canterbury’s 2020 Lent book, entitled Saying Yes to Life.


Friday 25th September 2020


12noon: Online Children's Space

Join us in creating a special Harvest-themed Children's Space activity with the chance for you to send in a photo of your finished piece!


5pm: The Bradford Cathedral Woodland Project

Three years on we catch up with the team and see how the Gaisby Lane, site of the first tree planting day, is getting on.


6pm: The role of procurement in addressing the sustainability / environmental agenda

With Ian Westlake, Head of Procurement at Bradford Council


Friday 25th September | 7:30pm - Rev Ruth Newton: Carbon Neutral by 2030?

Join Rev Ruth Newton and Jemima Parker in finding out more about the Church of England's plans to go carbon neutral by the year 2030.

Revd Ruth Newton is the parish priest of St John’s Sharow, a silver Eco-Church which manages its churchyard as a country wildlife site. She is an Area Environmental Champion for the Ripon Episcopal Area and author of the blog site As a member of the General Synod, she recently voted for the target of 2030 for carbon neutrality in churches, and is part of the General Synod Environment Group. She is currently studying for a doctorate in Practical Theology looking at Ecological practice and Christian belief. 

Jemima Parker is the Environment Officers for the Diocese of Ripon and Leeds.



Saturday 26th September 2020


10am: Dean Jerry's Book Review

Reviewing The Uninhabitable Earth: A Story of the Future by David Wallace-Wells. What do you think of the book? Let us know your reviews by e-mailing them to, or share your thoughts on Instagram or Twitter using #EcoExtravaganza.


11am: Transforming Food Waste with Duncan Milwain, the founder of the Shipley Food Project

Discover how left-over food can be turned into great tasting food, with simple recipes for Spanish tomato stew, panzanella salad, make your own pesto, and aquafaba mayonnaise


1pm: Tim Farron MP

Join Tim Farron MP as he provides answers to some questions we put to them about important environmental issues


2:30pm - Green Christian and its Programmes

John Payne, one of the Trustees of Green Christian, will give an introduction to the work of Green Christian – its purpose and scope, its groups, its programmes and its vision. He will show a brief video about the organisation and introduce its web site and the resources available on it for personal and group reflection and action. He will also answer any questions about Green Christian and its work.


3:30pm - Green Christian: A taster for Radical Presence

John Payne will introduce the Green Christian ‘Radical Presence’ programme, a short programme of conversations, in which people come together for God’s word in this strange time of Covid-19, to hear from contemporary writers reflecting on the pandemic and reflect on the consequences of the pandemic for ourselves and the future of our world. John will introduce some of the questions the programme poses and there will be break-out groups to have a brief discussion on some of the issues raised.



5pm: Friends of Queensbury High Street Litter Pickers

We catch up with the local community group who do a lot of great work in Queensbury, including regular litter picking sessions to improve the local environment.


6pm: Rev Ruth Newton: Bible and Ecology

Discover more about the Bible and Ecology with Rev Ruth Newton


7pm: Plastic Free Periods

Exploring plastic free periods with Fialuna


Sunday 27th September 2020


9am: Rethink Food - Removing Hunger as a Barrier to Learning

We speak to Nathan Atkinson of 'Rethink Food' about their work to remove hunger in schools and their innovative growing towers. Find out more on their website.


12noon: Make your own Ladybird House

Join Kath as she takes you through how to create your own Ladybird House to help keep them warm this Winter!


2pm: Rev Ruth Newton: Churchyards As Wild Space

Discover more about churchyards as wild spaces with Rev Ruth Newton. Please watch the first video below, before watching the main one underneath.

Simon Warwick on the churchyard of St John's, Sharow from Ripon Cathedral on Vimeo.


3pm: St Stephen's Church, West Bowling, and their biomass boiler

Join members of St Stephen's Church in Bradford as they show you all about their new biomass boiler, and lots of other environmental initiatives they have.


4pm: Going Plastic Free

We speak to Helen Miller of Plastic Free Denholme all about going plastic free.


5pm: Our Green Spaces

We speak to Bob Thorp, a senior Parks and Green Spaces Manager (Trees and Woodlands) at Bradford Council


7:30pm - Ben Comeau Live: What on earth are we going to do?

Climate change has the potential to reshape our world like nothing in all of prior human history.  Confronting this requires both outward action and inward reflection.  My performance in Bradford Cathedral is focussed on the latter, but this would not be sufficient without the former.

I believe music can help us process many of the emotions that arise from awareness of the climate and ecological emergency: grief that nearly two thirds of animal populations have been wiped out by human activity since 1970, fear that our grandchildren will live lives far more brutish than ours, anger that over two hundred environmental activists globally were murdered in 2019 for their work.  Music is also a constant reminder of the best that human civilisation has to offer, and it will remain a reliable and necessary companion through any scale of crisis.

I will be mostly performing improvisations as immediate responses to texts and photographs about the climate and ecological emergency.  These will cover a wide spectrum of emotions, separately employing both the piano and the cathedral organ.  I will also include my composition, originally commissioned by the Union Chapel, Islington, to commemorate murdered environmental activists on Good Friday 2018, based on the Lutheran chorale ‘O Sacred Head, Sore Wounded’.


Ben Comeau is a London-based pianist, composer and organist, active in classical music, jazz and more.  He graduated top of his year in music from Cambridge University, UK, where he was organ scholar at Girton College for three years, and he subsequently taught pastiche composition and practical musicianship at the university.  He also studied postgraduate jazz piano at Guildhall, London, and in Cologne.

His compositions and arrangements have been heard in venues including the Royal Albert Hall, the Wigmore Hall and Birmingham Symphony Hall.  He has composed and performed several times for BBC Radio 3, and was featured on their ‘In Tune’ programme last August.  Commissions have included an anthem broadcast live by the Choir of St. John’s College, Cambridge in their annual advent carol service, and he has also written for the Britten Sinfonia.

Aged 18 he won the Northern Ireland International Organ Competition, performing his transcription of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite.  In 2014 he gained his FRCO with all the available prizes.  As a solo recitalist on piano and organ, he is particularly known for his innovative and eclectic programming, including five centuries of the classical canon but also improvisations and arrangements of music from Michel Legrand to Astor Piazzolla to Bjork.  As an improviser he has created live soundtracks on the organ and piano to a number of silent films, and his recitals regularly include spontaneous improvisations on audience requests.  Much of his recent work explores the possible roles that music can play in environmentalism.





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