ACTIONS FOR CHURCHES AND INDIVIDUALS
1. Grow in caring for God’s creation - join in the CofE’s Lent campaign
The Church of England’s national #LiveLent 2020 campaign focuses on our call to “say yes” to the life God has given us in Creation and in Christ, exploring what it means to be a follower of Jesus in a time of global ecological crisis, through prayer, reflection and practical action.
You can join in using the adult booklet (with daily readings, reflections and actions) or children and families booklet (with a daily challenge, and weekly short prayers and readings). Available from your usual Christian book supplier, from Church House Publishing, Eden or other Christian bookshops.
Or take part electronically for free via the app, email, or social media.More information at https://www.churchofengland.org/livelent
For more in-depth reflection try the book which has inspired and informed the #LiveLent – Care for God’s Creation campaign - the Archbishop’s 2020 Lent Book, Saying Yes to Life, by Ruth Valerio (SPCK, £9.99).It weaves together practical and theological wisdom in a very clear, accessible and inspiring way, and is structured so it can be used for individual reflection, for study in a small group, or as the basis for a sermon series.Additional free resources will be available on the web, including a study guide, a youth group resource and videos. More details at: www.spckpublishing.co.uk/saying-yes-to-life
For sample copies of the booklets or to borrow a copy of the book, contact the Diocesan Environment Officer, Revd Debbie Beer (07530 039299 / firstname.lastname@example.org)
Interesting Lent resources from other dioceses include: Truro’s new Christianity and Creation: Green Discipleship for Cornwall
and Bath and Wells’ 2019 Living Well in God’s World
2. “Green” your church’s energy use
Read the latest (November 2019) CofE guidance - Energy: Economic, Environmental and Efficiency Improvements
Would investing in an energy audit of your church building be worthwhile? SOENECS Ltd offer an on-site Energy Opportunity Assessment which was designed and tested through the Diocese’s Energy Stewardship Programme. For more information contact the Diocesan Environment Officer, Revd Debbie Beer (07530 039299 / email@example.com)
Coming soon – CofE Church Energy Footprint Tool – read about it now and watch this space for information on its roll out.
3. Find other green action and lifestyle ideas
Living Lent - This 2019 website still offers great support for commitment and action for lifestyle change – a choice of six options (single use plastics, meat, alternative transport, energy use, local living, buy nothing new).
Check your environmental footprint - Our lifestyle choices make up our environmental footprint. The World Wildlife Fund says measuring yours takes less than five minutes and could change the way you live. The charity’s website calculates your footprint score using the answers you provide to their five-minute questionnaire. Then it offers tips to reduce your footprint – and shows how you can share that knowledge with others.
What can I do to stop climate change? (Friends of the Earth) - a range of ideas for action
4. Get your church signed up to Eco Church !