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. 


Green News

 

 

Petition to stop the sale of peat-based compost in the Sheffield area  Sheffield Friends of the Earth group has just started a petition which is calling on local horticultural retailers to stop selling peat-based compost. A national ‘voluntary agreement’ in 2011 was meant to come into effect in 2020 – but it hasn’t. So they are asking local retailers to take their own steps (some are, tentatively).

If you could add your name using this link, that would help get the petition going. If you can then promote it with friends/family via social media or email – that would be wonderful!

Thanks!

 

Great Big Green Week  8th September to 26th September 2021

The Great Big Green Week is a national celebration of action on climate change in advance of the COP26 Climate Summit in Glasgow. It is organised by the Climate Coalition, a group of 140+ organisations dedicated to action against climate change, including the Church of England Environment Working Group and A Rocha. Rotherham Interfaith Group are holding a Litter Pick, and Burngreave Cemetery are holding an Apple Day on the 19th September. On 18th September, the Grey to Green Opening Ceremony takes place in Sheffield with stalls and celebrations at the Castlegate Festival from 10.00 am – 4.00 pm. This includes Nature Recovery Sheffield, and the Diocese is a partner in that group. Then on 25th Sept there are more stalls at Fargate with local climate and nature campaign groups.

As part of the Great Big Green Week, the Fairtrade Foundation are calling for Climate Justice. This includes keeping promises to communities who did the least to cause the climate crisis, but now live with the worst effects. The Christian idea of justice is rooted in Jesus’ command that we love our neighbour.   


 

Weekly Eco Tips  

We all want to care for the planet but can’t do everything at once. We are publishing 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!

Think before you buy  Gold does not always glitter brightly. A new £500 gold necklace has a carbon emissions tag of 400kg CO2e, the mining process damages landscapes, ecosystems and contaminates water, and can be associated with human rights violations.

 


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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