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 and we're currently planning a 'Climate Sunday' service to coincide with our Harvest Festival on 4th October - watch this space for more information!

 

At our online Harvest Festival - Climate Sunday service on 4th October, we will be launching 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.

 

Diocese of Sheffield Development Day 2020 10th October 2020

With restrictions on gatherings still in place, a decision has been taken to run a virtual Development Day event using Zoom. The keynote input will be from Ruth Valerio the author of ‘Saying Yes to Life’, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s 2020 Lent book, and Global Advocacy and Influencing Director for TearFund. She will help us to reflect on how as Lights for Christ we respond to climate change.

The Agenda for the morning is

09.30 - Gather

09.40 - Opening worship 

10.00 - Bishop Pete    Receiving - The Hope we have in Christ

10.15 - Breakout Session

10.25 - Ruth Valerio    Walking - Living Hopefully - A Christian Response to Climate Change

11.10 - Break

11.30 - Bishop Sophie    Reflecting - Sharing our Hope with others

11.45 - Breakout Session

12.00 - Focal ministry and other notices

12.15 - Closing worship

This is of particular interest to the members of Housegroups who are studying Ruth Valerio’s book, and Eco-Group because of the focus on climate change, but is open to all. Janet Loughridge would be happy to do a block booking if anyone is interested in joining - please let her know on Tel 0114 2584164, email j.loughridge@sheffield.ac.uk.

 

Call for a green recovery

Millions of people around the world are currently being driven deeper into poverty by the climate crisis and the economic fallout of Covid-19. The way the UK recovers from the pandemic will ripple around the world for better or worse. A green and just recovery will mean a better future for everyone. Both for people here in the UK and our brothers and sisters around the world.

Right now, the UK Government is making decisions about public spending this Autumn and you get to have a say! You can make your voice heard by taking part in the Treasury’s public consultation.

It’s really easy to take part. All you need to do is follow 3 simple steps:

1. Copy the text below and put in your details

2. Click here to go to the Government consultation website

3. Paste your text into the survey, tick to say you are an individual, and submit.

Text:

My name is [FILL IN YOUR NAME HERE], I live in [FILL IN YOUR HOMETOWN HERE] and I am [FILL IN YOUR JOB / JOB STATUS HERE]. I am submitting a representation to the Comprehensive Spending Review because I want to see a green and just global recovery from COVID-19 that limits warming to 1.5 degrees C or below and protects the world’s poorest communities, both here in the UK and overseas.

Our best chance of rebuilding a resilient economy is to tackle climate change at the same time. In the UK, the Government must:

  • Massively step up investment in renewable energy, home insulation and clean transport networks. This will create jobs in some of the most deprived parts of the UK and cut our carbon emissions.
  • Adopt a ‘net zero test’ which all Treasury and spending decisions would need to pass. This would help get the UK on track to reducing emissions to net zero and demonstrate real UK leadership on tackling climate change globally, ahead of the COP26 UN climate talks.

The UK has a vital role to play overseas as well as at home. If it is to continue to be a global leader on climate change, then it must also support the poorest communities around the world to deal with this crisis. To do so, the Treasury should do the following through its Comprehensive Spending Review:

  • End public finance (both UK and UK Export Finance) of all fossil fuel projects overseas and phase out existing investments by the end of 2021.
  • Scale up support for renewable and energy efficient systems, which will give poor communities access to energy far more effectively than fossil fuels.
  • Maintain the Government’s commitment to provide £11.6 billion in international climate finance to poorer countries over five years and maintain its commitment that 50% of this finance be spent on supporting communities to adapt to the effects of climate change they are already suffering.
  • Assign additional finance on top of this to support vulnerable countries bearing the brunt of the climate crisis on top of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

 


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