Environment

Booking is now open for the Kent Climate Emergency Forum on Tuesday 5 November. The forum is free and open to everyone and we do ask you sign up to register your attendance. Click here to sign up and find out more.

Resource: Faith in a changing climate (USPG)

God’s gift of creation, our natural world, provides everything to sustain our lives. As humans, we are appointed by God as stewards of life on earth, and yet our actions have contributed to the widespread extinction of species. Now, human-induced climate change (the biggest environmental challenge we face) is damaging the most vulnerable people on earth and could ultimately jeopardise our very existence.

The Diocese believes that care for creation is fundamental to its mission and so is committed to:

  • Striving to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life on earth;
  • Striving to care for the earth and for its people with whom we share our lives.
  • Endeavouring to ensure that all our actions are informed by an understanding of how they impact on others through their effects on the environment.

Our Environmental Policy (please click here) details our commitment to caring for creation.

Canterbury Diocese is registered as an Eco Diocese and encourages churches to engage with the Eco Church  programme (an A Rocha UK project and award scheme). Registration as an Eco Church is free and taking the Eco Survey tells you how well you are doing and provides ideas for more that can be done.

The following pages provide information on what we, as a diocese, are doing to care for creation and to promote awareness of environmental issues, in particular human-induced climate change. You will also find resources, and signposting to further information, to help churches, schools and individuals take action to care for our natural world and to help churches in pursuit of their Eco Church status.

Ways to do your bit to help the environment:

Individual/Christian

Buildings, energy and water
  • Water Energy Calculator. Find out how make your household more energy efficient.
  • Perhaps switch your household to a green supplier. Ecotricity and Green Energy are just two examples of green suppliers that could be suited to you.
  • Take a shower in less than 3 minutes and save water.
  • Be more conscious when gardening and install water butts to collect rain water for watering plants.
  • Be more conscious of your household heating habits eg thermostats at 18 degrees – do you need to increase the temperature or can you put on an extra layer? For example a jumper, a winter vest, slippers. Pursue the green energy deals for home insulation www.kent.gov.uk/warmhomes
Land and green space
  • Be aware of local footpaths – take a pair of secateurs with you to keep the path clear.
  • Be eco-friendly when lighting up your garden with solar outdoor lighting.
  • Grow your own food – Install a herb patch of your own, Incredible Edible can help you get started.
  • Tend to your wildlife that sits on your doorstep. Place out bird feed, plant flowers for the bees and make an Insect Hotel.
  • As a community be aware of where and how you source your food. Initiate/support projects such as Incredible Edible and shop regionally/seasonally.
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    Pam Warhurst – Founder of Incredible Edible

Meetings, hospitality, food and waste
  • Join Freecycle and think about rehousing your old goods.
  • Ensure you are making the most of your rubbish – conduct a bin inventory or follow The Rubbish Diet.
  • Be conscious of what you eat; is your diet predominantly meat? Think about reducing your meat intake and introducing meat as a treat rather than a staple in your diet.
  • Hold a Christmas Open-house for your street in December and get to know your neighbours.
  • Follow the LOAF principle with your food: Local, Organic, Animal-friendly, Fairtrade.
Local and global communities
Worship, liturgy, theology and teaching
  • Get outside – engage with the environment and environmental projects.
  • Encourage local churches and other Christians to do more.
  • Using Ruth Valeria’s Environment Bible study guide (CWR), either on your own or in your church small group, learn more about what the Bible says about caring for the whole creation.
  • Create opportunities to worship God outdoors for example you can go for prayer walks or sit with a local Forest Group.
  • Find inspiration for ideas around environmentally-themed prayers, liturgies and sermons that you can pass on to your church minister at ecochurch.arocha.org.uk.
  • Presentation by Dr. Ruth Valerio – Creation and Theology
  • All Creatures Great and Small –  A talk by Rt Rev Richard Llewelyn on the Churches’ relationship to animals

 

Church/PCC

Buildings, energy and water
  • Review the fuels you use, is it the most environmentally friendly that you can use? Seek inspiration from Operation Noah on how you can make your church more eco-friendly.
  • Eco Church.
  • Review your heating method- do you have double glazing to make your heating efficient? If your heating method efficient and environmentally friendly? Share with others on your experience and knowledge.
  • Review the type of lighting that you use, think of using LED lighting.
  • Review the use of solar panels as a renewable source of energy. For inspiration and examples of good practice and successful installations on listed buildings see Churchcare.
Land and green space
  • Become a part of the God’s Acre.
  • Create water collection and drinking points for birds and wildlife.
  • Compost
  • Create a wild flower meadow in little-used areas.
  • Build an Insect Hotel.
Meetings, hospitality, food and waste
  • Hospitality – Generosity + Ethically! Be conscious of your waste, ensure that you are hospitable however ethically aware – do not over cater for meetings.
  • Be conscious of your carbon footprint – what transport routes are you using? Can you car share or take public transport?
  • Be conscious of your recycling – do you need paper copies of notes for your meeting? If you do are you recycling these? Conduct a bin inventory or follow The Rubbish Diet.
  • Think about whether your materials are ethically sourced, perhaps you should look into only using Fair Trade  products?
Local and global communities
  • Create an ‘Events Board’ to raise awareness in the local communities of current environmental issues.
  • Invite someone to share their stories for example – create a special ‘Creation Sunday’ Service with a guest speaker.
Worship, liturgy, theology and teaching

 

Church groups

Buildings, energy and water

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Land and green space
  • Allotment Schemes.
  • Community Orchards.
  • Community composting schemes.
  • Creating community areas for communal use.
Meetings, hospitality, food and waste
  • Be conscious with your hospitality – share meals!
  • Follow the LOAF principle with your food: Local, Organic, Animal-friendly, Fairtrade.
  • Be conscious of your waste, perhaps take part in a Rubbish Diet.
  • Discuss environmental issues.
Local and global communities

TBC

Worship, liturgy, theology and teaching

TBC

 

Schools

Land and green spaces
  • School food production – gardening projects. Install a veg patch of your own, Rocket Gardens can help you get started.
  • Encourage the children to conduct Wildlife Audits. Perhaps set-up an Insect Hotel.
  • Enter Britain In Bloom School.
  • Walk to school days.
  • Create and post posters for information like ‘don’t little’, ‘pick up dog poo’, ‘don’t drop bubble gum’.
Meetings, hospitality, food and waste
  • Be conscious of where you source your food – is it local? Is it fresh?
  • Paper- recycle
  • Follow the LOAF principle with your food: Local, Organic, Animal-friendly, Fairtrade.
  • Grow your own – Support projects such as Incredible Edible.
  • Composting
Local and global communities

TBC

Worship, liturgy, theology and teaching

TBC

 

Deanery/Diocese

Buildings, energy and water

The diocese needs to adopt the national standards for environmental considerations when improving parsonage housing.

The diocese will undertake an energy rating for all of its parsonages and feed this information in to inform its decision making on improvements and on which properties to retain.

The diocese will respond sympathetically to home owners pursuing energy/water saving projects within their homes subject to agreement.

Land and green space
  • Encourage churches to enter X in bloom competitions and engae with local school schools in their environment projects.
  • Be aware that the Green Pilgrimage Network can add value to our parishes/areas and give opportunities for greater use.
  • The incredible edible and other community allotment/garden projects can use spare land creatively.
  • Organising a deanery ramble perhaps to clear waterways, paths, litter pick etc. Be mindful of the need for green space when taking decisions about grass, concrete, grasscrete etc.
Meetings, hospitality, food and waste
  • Plan to have meeting at places which are accessible by public transport and by people with disabilities including either where there is a loop system or owning a loop system which can be taken from place to place. And use places that provide Fairtrade tea and coffee. Consider a Transport plan/car sharing and make this known to members discourage solo car journeys.
  • Consider working with others to become a Fairtrade village/town.
  • Be conscious of your material usage – make ethical and bulk purchase. If you have surplus think of supporting organisations such as Fare Share.
  • Paper – go email.
  • Promote toilet twinning in churches that have them.
Local and global communities

We are exploring conversation with our Indian Ocean link province to understand how we can best support them.

We will continue to support Christin Aid and their work.

We will look to understand how we can best help with the refugee crisis.

Worship, liturgy, theology and teaching

Resources from the Faith and the Environment Forum 2018

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