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. 

 


Weekly Eco Tips  

We all want to care for the planet but can’t do everything at once. Here is the first of a series of tips to think about. They might seem a bit obvious, but it is always worth being reminded. Some can be done today, some this month, and some will not be for you. Everyone can do something!

Time for a cuppa? Use proper cups/mugs - the UK uses 6 billion polystyrene cups, which all finish up in landfill sites


Send a postcard message to Boris

The G7 is made up of the richest countries in the world and this June, G7 leaders are being hosted by the UK government in Cornwall.

Countries that caused the climate crisis must financially support those facing its worst impacts. The UK must lead the way by making more money available to tackle this crisis – and the G7 is a key moment to make this happen.  

As we can’t be physically present in Cornwall to raise our voices, we need to make sure the Prime Minister gets the message another way.  

Send Boris Johnson a postcard that represents where you live to show the breadth of support for action on climate justice. 

Suggested message

Dear Prime Minister,  

I can’t be in Cornwall for the G7, but I call on you to make this summit a success for climate justice. Please:  

Increase climate finance to the most vulnerable communities around the world.

Cancel unfair debts so that countries can tackle the climate crisis and other urgent priorities. 

Success at the COP26 talks in November hinges on progress on these crucial issues at the G7. And the futures of millions of people depend on a just finance deal.  

With best wishes,  

(remember to leave your name and full address)  


Good to see us mentioned in the Diocese's Spring Environmental Bulletin:

Silver success for Sheffield churches!
In the last 6 months, firstly St Mark's Broomhill and then St John's Ranmoor in Sheffield Diocese have gained their silver A Rocha Eco church awards. 
St Mark's has solar panels on the church, and the vicarage at St John's now has them too.
They join two local LEPs who already have silver awards and one of these (St Andrew's Psalter Lane Church) is working with them on the USPG/Hope for the Future Make COP26 Count campaign. So three silver award churches have come together for this campaign.
The Diocese of Sheffield also looks forward to hosting an ecumenical online A Rocha Eco Church conference on 12 June, linked with Churches Count on Nature 2021.


Green News

 

New bishop for the environment appointed by Archbishops  The Bishop of Norwich, Graham Usher, has accepted the invitation of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to lead the Church of England’s Environment Programme with a charge to lead bold, deliberate, collaborative action across the Church to tackle the grave existential crises of climate change and biodiversity loss.

 

 

Hereford Cathedral gains 1000th Eco Church award One thousand churches have now gained an Eco award as part of the Eco Church scheme run by A Rocha UK. The awards are given to commend churches that have been working to gain high environmental standards in a range of aspects of church life: worship and teaching, management of buildings, church land, community and global engagement, and lifestyle. The 1000th award went to Hereford Cathedral, showing that even complex, historic buildings can become sustainable. We pray for many more churches to sign up for this helpful approach to facilitate churches in their care for creation.

 


Make COP26 Count – an update 

Several members of the Eco Group attended the monthly meeting of the ‘Make COP26 Count’ group, with over 50 participants from across the UK. The meeting opened with prayer from our own Clare Loughridge and we then heard a very moving presentation from Fr Herbert Fadriquela, Chaplain to the Filipino community in the Diocese of Leicester. Fr Herbert was the Executive Director of VIMROD (part of the community development programme of the IFI) directly after Typhoon Haiyan and holds an immense understanding of the impact of climate change and ecosystem destruction on communities in the Philippines.

He spoke about the devastation caused by the typhoon and the damage that mineral mining and over-farming has caused in the Philippines. Ecological and human rights campaigners in the Philippines are at risk of being wrongly arrested or even killed under the current regime.

We shared and discussed our thoughts and reflections on what Fr Herbert had spoken about before the meeting closed with this lovely version of the Lord’s Prayer: 

 

A prayer from Eco-congregations England and Wales - from USPG Faith in a Changing Climate (2017)

Our Father, who art in heaven… 

You are also at home in the air, the soil, the forests and the oceans, 

Hallowed be your name… 

By the care we take of your creation, 

Your kingdom come… 

All that you see is good, 

Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven… 

Your will to till and care, 

Give us this day our daily bread… 

That all may have sufficient to live life in fullness 

Forgive us our trespasses… 

Our greed, our exploitation, our lack of concern  

for other species and future generations, 

As we forgive those who trespass against us... 

By reconciliation with justice and peace, 

Lead us not into temptation… 

The temptation to equate dominion with exploitation, 

And deliver us from evil… 

The evil of destroying your gift of creation, 

For yours is the kingdom… 

Yours Lord, not ours, 

The power and the glory… 

In the cross and the resurrection, 

For ever and ever… 

You were the beginning and you are the end. 

Amen and so it be

 


Green Events

 

Flushed Away  Our own event for Sheffield's Environment Weeks, linking Toilet Twinning with a greener lifestyle. Thursday 3rd June, 2.00 - 4.00 pm in Shirley House - you'd be potty to miss it! Watch this space for more details. 

 

Sheffield ecumenical Eco Church celebration  Saturday 12 June – details to follow – please save the date

 


Christian Aid petition  

2021 is crucial in the fight for climate justice. As the world rightly focused on coronavirus last year, some important climate milestones were missed or delayed. But the climate crisis is not on pause. For millions of our friends around the world, the pandemic arrived on top of existing crises brought on by the changing climate.
This year we have some important opportunities to make progress. On the global stage, 2021 is the biggest opportunity the UK climate movement has ever had to shape climate ambition. This summer, the UK is hosting the G7 meeting, and in November we will host COP26, the crucial UN climate change talks that must put us on track to meet the commitments made in Paris 5 years ago.
At home, the decisions that the UK government is taking right now to deal with the social and economic impacts of the pandemic could help us to tackle the climate crisis too. But only if we use this moment to invest in a green and just recovery – and a global recovery that includes the world’s poorest communities and leaves no one behind.
Please sign our petition now to make sure that the Prime Minister knows that this year, every moment matters and every action counts. And ask your friends and family to sign as well. 

 


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.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Printer Printable Version