Environment

Practical and simple steps that have the potential to cut your carbon footprint, cut costs and reduce waste.

Love creation

  • Include creation regularly in worship
  • Use natural symbols for teaching
  • Arrange an environmental festival or trail
  • Consider the environment in all decisions
  • Spread the word even if you can’t take action

Reduce fuel

  • Heat the people, not the building
  • Switch off lights unless absolutely necessary
  • Use renewable energy/solar panels
  • Insulate cavities, doors and windows
  • React when the weather changes, not just by set dates

Reduce and recycle waste

  • Recycle paper/cans/glass/plastic/furniture
  • Compost all vegetable matter e.g. old flowers, grass cuttings
  • Print less, limit to 1 x A4 sheet
  • Don’t print out hymns when they are already in a hymn book
  • Avoid plastic disposable items: wash up instead

Consume less

  • Don’t over-cater, overfill or overheat
  • Attend to water leaks and dripping taps promptly
  • Install a water meter
  • Install a ‘smart’ energy meter

Purchase fairly

  • Buy fairly traded/animal-friendly products
  • Support local shops and farmers’ markets

Travel economically

  • Walk or cycle whenever possible
  • Use public transport where available
  • Share car journeys
  • Reduce your driving speed
  • Take fewer journeys by air
  • Plan journeys to fulfill more than one function

Work communally

  • Co-operate with the Parish Council
  • Involve the young and work ecumenically
  • Support affordable housing/local work
  • Use churches for social activity

Conserve wildlife

  • Establish conservation areas/gardens
  • Plant trees and hedges and dig ponds
  • Erect bird and bat boxes and log-piles

Resist pollutants

  • Use organic and sustainable products
  • Collect and prevent litter

Invest wisely

  • Support ethical policies and charities
  • Use a credit bank and trading exchange

Mission

To identify principles to assist the Diocese ‘to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth’.

Biblical Vision

We reaffirm the biblical vision of Creation as upheld by God the Father, redeemed by Christ and renewed by the Holy Spirit. We accept the responsibility God has given us to care for, conserve, and replenish God’s earth. We recognise our interdependence with the rest of creation.

Sustainability

We wish to play our part in working for a sustainable society in a sustainable world, recognising the dignity and rights of all people, including future generations, ensuring the responsible use and recycling of natural resources, and working for economic reforms which will establish a just and fair trading system for all people throughout the world.

Commitment

We therefore encourage each church member, parish, benefice, school, chaplaincy, board, forum and committee in the Diocese:

  • to make such environmental concerns an integral part of their life and work
  • to celebrate God’s creation in worship at Rogationtide and in other ways
  • to carry out regular environmental audits
  • to take such practical action as is appropriate and possible ‘to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth

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