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 awards (Bronze, Silver and Gold). To help us focus more on the environment and work towards gaining the awards, we have established an ECO Group. We have obtained our Bronze award and are now working towards silver. 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/
Christmas is a wonderful time for celebration and exchanging gifts but all at a cost to the earth. The Eco Team have put together a list of ideas to help you think about how you could reduce your environmental impact over the festive period. Follow the link below to find out more.
Show your support for action to tackle Climate Change ahead of COP26
COP26 is a hugely important event for the future of our planet. It will bring together over 30,000 delegates including heads of state, climate experts and campaigners to agree coordinated action to tackle climate change. By making a declaration or signing a petition ahead of the conference we can help show that there is a groundswell of support for more radical change to tackle the issue. The following links will take you to two possibilities:
https://thetimeisnow.uk/declaration – from the Climate Coalition; a collective of over 140 organisations including some very well know ones such as Christian Aid, CAFOD, Tearfund, the WI, WWF and the National Trust.
https://www.prayandact4climate.org/action/sign-this-petition-to-be-delivered-at-cop-26/ – from the Global Prayer & Action chain for Climate Justice; a global network of churches and church-based organisations.
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.
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.
Click here for a list of fruit and veg in season
Locally grown fruit and vegetables can be purchased at the following Farmers Markets:-
- Kings Norton – second Saturday of each month – 9:00 to 13:30
- Moseley – last Saturday of each month – 9:00 to 14:00
- Droitwich Spa – first Saturday of the month – 9:00 to 14:00
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