Mass Lobby for climate and environmental action in Westminster, London on 26th June 2019
As Christians, we seek to put our faith into action by loving and caring for our neighbours and the Earth, our common home. Right now, both are threatened from the impact of climate change. Urgent action is needed to save God’s creation as we know it. Will you join the mass lobby in Westminster, London on 26 June 2019 and tell MPs that it’s time to act on climate change? More information available at caid.org.uk/timeisnow
Can’t make it? Sign why not sign the Christian Aid petition to put net zero into law at christianaid.org.uk/campaigns/climate-change/climate-change-act-e-action
ECO Conference – No Planet B… Acting out Faith in the World 29th June from 10:00 am to 4pm in the Priory Rooms, Bull St, Birmingham
An ecumenical environmental conference open to anyone interested in how we can act out faith to help protect our world. Register or find out more at centralenglandquakers.org.uk/noplanetb
What is ECO Church ?
ECO Church is a scheme that helps us to identify how we can care better for God’s earth across the following 5 key areas of Church Life:-
- Worship and teaching
- Management of church buildings
- Management of church land
- Community and global engagement
As we do more in each area, we build up points towards an award. To help us focus more on the environment and work towards gaining our bronze award, we have established an ECO Group. We meet around once every 6 to 8 weeks and would love to welcome new members.
Find out more at https://ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/how-eco-church-works/
Zero Waste – Vegan Friendly Shopping
Seasonal fruit an Vegetables
Eating UK grown seasonal fruit and vegetables is a great way of reducing your carbon footprint and is much tastier too. Some great things to look out for in June include:-
- Globe Artichokes
- New potatoes
Click here for a full list or see the notice board in the Parish Centre Lounge.
Locally grown fruit and vegetables can be purchased at the following Farmers Markets:-
- Droitwich Spa – Victoria Square, WR9 8DS – 6th Jul, 3rd Aug, 7th Sep (Vines Park tbc) , 5th Oct, 2nd and 23rd Nov and 7th Dec
- Webbs of Wychbold – WR9 0DG – 13th Jul, 10th Aug, 14th Sep, 12th Oct, Sun 10th Nov, 14th Dec
Creation Time Sermon – Jeremy Kidwell
Jeremy Kidwell was our visiting speaker during Creation Time in the autumn last year. If you missed his sermon or would like to listen again, you can find it by clicking here.
To help understand the relative impact that each of us has on our changing climate and how we can reduce this, we are encouraging everyone to complete a carbon footprint calculation. There are various different versions available. Two examples to try are:-
https://footprint.wwf.org.uk/ quick and straightforward from WWF (note does not work in some browsers)
https://www.carbonfootprint.com/calculator.aspx more accurate but much more time consuming.
Links to some resources that might be of interest:-
- ECO Church https://ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/award scheme for churches in England and Wales who want to demonstrate that the gospel is good news for God’s earth.
- Church Care : Shrinking the Footprint http://www.churchcare.co.uk/shrinking-the-footprint The C of E national program to address Climate Change
- Operation Noah http://operationnoah.org/ – a Christian charity working to inspire action on Climate Change
- https://www.carbonbrief.org/ – A UK-based website covering the latest developments in climate science, climate policy and energy policy
- https://cafod.org.uk/Campaign/Climate/Climate-Change – CAFOD on Climate Change
- https://www.kathyjetnilkijiner.com/united-nations-climate-summit-opening-ceremony-my-poem-to-my-daughter/ – a poem from the 2014 UN climate summit opening ceremony
- https://350.org/rise-from-one-island-to-another/ – a moving poem about the impact of Climate Change on two islanders from opposite ends of the earth