Eco-Group

The St Andrew's Psalter Lane Church Eco Group is very proud of its Silver Eco Church Award!

The free online survey and supporting resources from A Rocha are designed to equip churches to express their care for God’s world in their worship and teaching; in how they look after their buildings and land; in how they engage with their local community and in global campaigns, and in the personal lifestyles of their congregation.

Theirr vision is for churches of all denominations to care for creation as an integral part of loving their neighbours and following God faithfully.

Click on the image above for more information!

Here at SAPLC, we have held events such as the Carbon Footprint Drop-in and the Greener Summer Holidays events; we hosted the Eco Church Conference in October 2017; we have regular Green Communion services and constantly look for ways to reduce the energy use of our lovely church building. One of our latest plans for a 'greener' way of life is growing vegetables on the land behind the church. 

 


Diocesan Synod votes to declare a climate and ecological emergency

On Saturday 28 November, the Diocese of Sheffield voted to declare a climate and ecological emergency. The Diocesan Synod passed a four-part motion lending full support to the national Church of England’s aim to reach Net Zero carbon emissions by 2030. The meeting agreed that: This Synod, reflecting on our Christian commitment to live as Lights for Christ and care for God’s creation: 

     *declares a climate and ecological emergency, AND 

     *supports the 2020 General Synod motion for all parts of the Church to reach ‘Net

       Zero’ carbon emissions by 2030 AND 

     *requests the Diocesan Environment Working Group to produce a detailed updated   

       Environment and Climate Justice Policy to submit to the July 2021 Diocesan Synod for

       approval, AND 

     *commits to the A Rocha UK Eco Church and Eco Diocese programmes.

There was a powerful plea for change made via video from Thomas, age 9. Thomas made the video for the occasion – it can be viewed here.  

 


Synthesis of Novel Materials for the Hydrogen Economy

A talk by Alex Groves, whose PhD research has been "in making improvements to materials to make the green hydrogen economy more commercially viable for all budgets (not just NASA!)".

Alex says: 

'Anthropologic climate change is one of the most significant problems in society today. Fossil fuel emissions have been linked to increasing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, which has in turn been linked to rising global temperatures. One mitigation route has been the increased implementation of renewable electricity sources such as solar and wind power. However, intermittence in supply versus demand has put research focus on the development of efficient, commercially affordable energy storage devices.

The so called “green hydrogen economy” can be used as an energy storage solution, using green electricity to generate hydrogen from water, which can be stored until needed and then recombined with oxygen to generate water, heat and electricity. Although commercial devices do exist, current materials for the two key oxygen reactions are expensive, none earth abundant and can have serious stability issues in-situ. The development of cheaper, more efficient materials is necessary to the wide scale adoption of the hydrogen economy. 

I will first begin by giving an introduction to the hydrogen economy before discussing how my PhD research could possibly contribute to the wide-scale adoption of hydrogen as an alternate energy medium.'

We really enjoyed Alex's talk on 5th November, as well as learning a lot - you can see her slides here.

 


 

At our online Harvest Festival - Climate Sunday service on 4th October, we launched our Eco Group Manifesto:

During lockdown, the Eco Group discussed what the world would look like after the pandemic, and what we would like it to look like; we discussed how we could influence the world to improve and how we could help to create a greener, fairer ‘New Normal’. This is the ‘manifesto’ that we have drawn up as a result of this discussion: it is intended to be a statement of our beliefs about the issues of climate change and pollution, a tool for lobbying those in power – we will be sending a copy to local MP Paul Blomfield, for example – and a basis for discussion with other people and groups who are involved in making change happen.

‘This is what St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church Eco Group, together with the many other groups that form part of our church life, would like to see happening in the future; these are what we consider to be the important issues facing the world as we come out of the pandemic. We believe these issues should be part of government policy and implemented at national and local level, and we believe in lobbying national government on these issues:

  • We believe that we have been entrusted with the care of the Earth, which is God’s creation, and that we should live fairly and gently upon it as an expression of our Christian faith.

  • We believe that everyone has the responsibility and ability to make small changes which can make a big difference.

  • We believe that there should be affordable and effective public transport solutions as alternatives to personal car use.

  • We believe that electric bicycles and tricycles should be more widely available, that there should be a coherent scheme for funding them, and that cycle paths for using them should be more common.

  • We believe that for those people whose journey requires a car, those cars should be powered either by electricity or by renewable power such as hydrogen.

  • We believe that renewable sources of energy must become the norm.

  • We believe that more ‘green’ jobs should be available, for example making electric bicycles, building wind turbines, insulating houses, harvesting crops etc.

  • We believe that school- and university-leavers should be able to enter this sort of job as the ‘traditional’ job market shrinks due to the pandemic.

  • We believe that it is important to support local traders, suppliers and manufacturers.’

 

We would like everyone in the congregation to sign the manifesto - if you would like your name to be added to the list of signatories, please email clare@standrewspsalterlane.org.uk

 


Developing Expressions of Green Church

Revd Philip Bill, Convenor for JPIT Yorkshire, would like to create a small group of people to scope out and develop expressions of Green Church across the region. This will take ecological issues as more than simply matters of social justice alongside others. It will embed ecological theology at the heart of new worshipping communities which create space for people to transition into the new patterns of life that a committed approach to climate change requires. At heart, this is an evangelical enterprise which treats climate change as the most significant context in which we now tell the gospel story. (JPIT Yorkshire will also be arranging a conference for the Summer of 2021 to explore the idea of Green Church further.)
If you are interested in being part of this pioneering group, please email Revd Philip Bee, Convenor for JPIT Yorkshire on philipbee61@btinternet.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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