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/
From 16th September up to Harvest on the 14th October, we are focusing on Creation in our Church Services, with a particular emphasis on the impact of Climate Change and our response to the challenge that it poses to God’s world. At the same time, some House Groups are following “Tenants of the King” – a bible study from Operation Noah http://operationnoah.org/resources/tenants-of-the-king-study-guide/
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