Eco Church

Our church participates in Eco Church https://ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/

Poster made by the Red Bananas and displayed in the Angus Room.

Eco Church is an award scheme for churches in England and Wales who want to demonstrate that the gospel is good news for God’s earth. It is run by A Rocha UK, a Christian charity working for the protection and restoration of the natural world, both as a response to the biblical mandate to care for the earth, and as a demonstration of the Christian hope for God’s world.

We have completed the online Eco Survey about how we are caring for God’s earth in different areas of our life and work.

The survey covers five key areas of church life:

  • Worship and teaching
  • Management of church buildings
  • Management of church land
  • Community and global engagement
  • Lifestyle

To date in Autumn 2021 we have collected enough points to gain Bronze Award.

Photo of Wild Flowers by Alison Page

In June 2021 our church recognised the climate emergency to communicate our commitment to pursuing justice and loving our global neighbours who are already facing the worst of the climate emergency.

Link to PDF: Climate Emergency Recognition SBC June 2021  

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This will re-energise our actions which have stalled due to the pandemic, and commits us to set SMART targets with timescales.

There is broad agreement that the next 10 years offer an unrepeatable window of opportunity for action. By speaking up prophetically together we increase understanding of how urgent this is, inspiring more people to play their part, and encouraging national leaders to act with the necessary ambition.

Get involved! Suggestions for practical action are displayed on the board in the Angus room.

 

 

 

 

Poster made by the Red Bananas and displayed in the Angus Room.

Resources - Eco Church (arocha.org.uk)

Try ‘Lifestyle Audit’ for more suggestions, including links to various websites.

WWF Footprint Calculator

A 5-minute calculator, not much detail but a useful start to see if you are doing better or worse than the average GB citizen, and suggestions for what else you might consider.

Climate change food calculator: What's your diet's carbon footprint? - BBC News

A useful comparison tool for different foods.

Measure - Reduce - Offset • footprintr.me by Climate Stewards

This requires much detail, but it’s easy to put in just one item to determine its carbon equivalent.

For more information please contact Kathy Clegg or Alison Page