As a church we have pledged to do all we can to reduce our “carbon footprint” and promote greater awareness of environmental issues.
We pledge to:
1. Introduce regular “Green Top Tips” in newsletters and communications.
2. Through a recent environmental audit reduce the impact our building has on the environment.
3. Use low energy lighting and reduce emissions from our heating system.
4. Use local suppliers for church events to reduce transport costs and emissions.
5. Reduce water consumption.
6. Re-cycle all waste where ever possible.
A Rocha Eco Award
Our church has gained the Silver Award for it’s environmental credentials. But for the fact that the church building has absolutely no insulation we could have gained the gold award as we made really good progress in all other aspects of the award scheme. We review our progress annually to make sure we maintain our efforts to have as little detrimental impact on the environment as possible.
Church Eco News Spring 2023
It’s not good news for the climate. The International Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) have recently issued their latest report on the world’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions and thus reduce the ever growing rise in global temperatures. Carbon emissions are still rising and it looks increasingly likely the target to reduce temperature rises to below 1.5 degrees by 2030 will be missed. Even a rise of 1.2 degrees has resulted in greater extremes of weather.
Summer 2023. July 31st
Today the U.K. Government announced the granting of many new licences for the exploration and drilling for more North Sea Gas and Oil while at the same time the world is crying out for a rapid reduction in Green House Gases and cutting back on the burning of oil, coal and gas. Energy security is becoming a political football. The UNITED NATIONS chief Antonio Guterres on Thursday pleaded for immediate radical action on climate change, saying that record-shattering July temperatures show Earth has passed from a warming phase into an “era of global boiling.”
How as Christians should we react to this?
Church Stretton Methodist Church Eco News
https://products.impactscore.app/ is a free mobile app you can use when shopping or at home to scan the barcodes on food products and find out how ethical and sustainable they are. It will tell you if they have a low, medium, or high carbon footprint and suggest more sustainable alternatives.
It is so easy to feel helpless but perhaps writing an email to our M.P. Philip Dunne firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to his constituency office, Conservative Association 54 Broad Street Ludlow SY8 1GP, expressing your concerns at how politics is getting in the way of more urgent action is something you could consider, as well of course adding Climate Change to your prayer list.
|23.10.23. Recycling A new recycling opportunity has been found for blister packs so please start
saving them again and leave in the black box in the church hall. Don’t forget to
continue to recycle your tetra packs. Please rinse them out first, then flatten and
leave in the box.
The town council has an excellent page on their website listing many more
recycling opportunities. https://www.churchstretton-tc.gov.uk/ Go to
the Community heading.
Recycling is part of our churches’ commitment to strive to care for the
environment and something we can ALL do.
|CO2 stats An interesting page showing the the average household C02 emissions for Church Stretton. Carbon Impact Tool Ch. Stretton|
COP 28 has begun and a summary of the final draft statement will appear here.