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.
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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.
Action needed please!
'Ways of Water' - Millennium Gallery until Sunday 12th May
Ways of Water explores local water infrastructures, from historic wells to expansive reservoirs across sites in Yorkshire and Derbyshire. The exhibition follows the historic and contemporary implications of the Sheffield cholera epidemic of 1832, which emerged because of unsanitary water conditions.
Discover film, photography, sculpture and archives exploring the different scales and effects of wells and reservoirs, juxtaposing sites of community action with larger water infrastructures. Within these sites and structures is a focus on memory and monument. How do we remember past events, culturally? What objects, rituals and beliefs maintain personal and collective memories? How can the past inform future action?
Water is central to human and planetary survival. As a crucial life-sustaining element for every living organism, it needs maintenance and care, as does remembrance. This exhibition highlights these themes and invites visitors to consider their relationship to water, health, memory and loss on both a local and global scale.
City of Rivers Exhibition - Weston Park Museum until Sunday 3rd November
Sheffield is a city born from its rivers, sculpting the landscape and powering the industries that made it prosper. Today, they're the arteries that flow through the urban sprawl, continuing to shape the character of the city and our lives in it. From vast reservoirs and cascading weirs to the brooks that trickle through our many green spaces, they also provide a home to a rich abundance of local wildlife. City of Rivers brings together stories, objects, artwork, film and photography to chronicle Sheffield's relationship with its waterways. Drawing on contributions from people across the city, it reflects on our connections to them in our work, leisure time and our impact on the natural habitats they represent. Find out more about the exhibition in Sheffield’s Now Then magazine.
Sign up to The Big Plastic Count
For one week in March, thousands of people around the country are going to count their household plastic waste and submit the data to the UK’s biggest investigation into household plastic waste.
The evidence will put pressure on the UK government to push for an ambitious Global Plastics Treaty to end the age of plastic for good.
The plastics problem is still with us. Together we can convince the government to act.
Sign up to take part here.
Waste and Recycling Surveys 2024
There are a number of customer satisfaction surveys relating to your waste and recycling services. Your feedback plays a crucial role in helping us tailor our services to better meet your needs and contribute to a more efficient and effective waste service in Sheffield.
Separate surveys are provided for your black bin and recycling collection services, Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs), and bulky waste collections. We are keen to receive your thoughts, comments and ideas on these services.
You can complete the surveys here.
Proposed Net Zero newsletter
The Connexional Team are thinking of starting a Net Zero Newsletter. If you think this is a good idea, could you complete this survey to help them find out what people need/want from such a newsletter. Complete the Net Zero Newsletter Survey here.
Statement in response to the Prime Minister's Announcement on Net Zero Policies:
A joint statement by The Baptist Union of Great Britain, The Methodist Church,
The United Reformed Church
We are dismayed that the Prime Minister is delaying the implementation of policies to achieve net zero. As Christian leaders we are deeply committed to encouraging all within hour our sphere of influence to be ambitious in reaching net zero as we seek to care for God’s creation. This transition must be rapid, equitable and just. At a time when so many people are struggling financially, the government has a crucial role to play in ensuring the cost of transition to net zero does not fall most heavily on those least able to afford it. Delaying measures to insulate homes will have the opposite effect, slowing efforts to reduce fossil fuel use will increase climate impacts on vulnerable communities around the globe Please click here to read the full article
Triodos Bank This link takes you to a page which has links in it to other pages with interesting ideas.
Tell Sheffield City Council how you travel
Sheffield City Council are conducting research into how people travel in Sheffield, to look at how travel choices affect health and quality of life, and how e-bike and e-scooter hire schemes could shape travel choices. You don’t need to have used one to take part, and the research will inform plans for transport and travel in the future in Sheffield. And there's a chance to win a £100 voucher for taking part. Click here to complete the survey.
Soil Association Sustainable Living Guide The Soil Association has put together a Sustainable Living Guide to help people restore nature, health and a safe climate from the ground up. Whether you're looking for small changes you can make at home or advice on bigger changes you can make in your life, they've got you covered!
Concerned about the Climate and Nature Emergency? Why not join the South Yorkshire Climate Alliance Sheffield Climate Vigil? Come and join in a silent 1 hour vigil twice a month:
First Thursday of every month 5pm to 6pm at top of Howard Street (opposite Millennium Gallery and near the Globe Pub).
Third Monday of every month 12pm to 1 pm outside Town Hall (by the main steps) There is a Facebook page called Sheffield Climate Vigil for information or you can message the Climate Alliance from there.
From Pat Rogers:
The Bare Alternative Shop no longer takes materials for recycling because they just don’t have enough space for storage. However the good news is that Sainsbury’s at Archer Road is now recycling soft plastics which includes all sorts of wrappers from sweets, biscuits, crisps, pet food pouches etc. (Their website has more details) The bin for depositing items is in the entrance hall near the bin for recycling plastic bags.
I think it’s great that Sainsbury’s is doing this but I’m disappointed that they keep so quiet about it!
Thank you, Pat!
Soft plastic recycling Further to the message from Pat Rogers - Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose are now all collecting soft plastics to send for recycling.
Recycling Information The website nomorebindays.co.uk is very useful in providing information about where one can recycle all sorts of items, including obscure things like blister packs. Thanks to Pat Rogers for passing this on.
Old electricals? What you can do:
Discarded electricals are one of the fastest growing sources of waste – and a big threat to the environment and human health. Recycling old electricals is better for the planet and your pocket. It means more jobs and saving precious resources. From your home to your recycling centre to brand new products – the precious materials in old electricals get a new lease of life. Anything with a plug, battery or cable can be recycled – and most of the materials in them can be made into new products. To find your nearest recycling centres go to https://www.recycleyourelectricals.org.uk/electrical-recycling-near-me/
The nearest recycling centres to SAPLC are at Currys PC World, Heeley; B&Q, Queens Road and O2, 54/56 Fargate.
Introducing: South Yorkshire Climate Alliance! We are rebranding from Sheffield Climate Alliance to South Yorkshire Climate Alliance, emphasising the importance of uniting communities across the region in climate action ahead of COP26. It has never been more crucial to act as an alliance in tackling the climate emergency, especially in putting pressure on the government and our local councils to take action. We are an alliance of local organisations working together on climate action. We bring together not only environmental groups, but media organisations, community groups, businesses and more. Our rebrand reflects their existing partnerships with over 60 organisations, with connections in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield.
Sheffield Climate Alliance was formed over 10 years ago by a group of citizens concerned about the lack of action on the climate emergency. Now, we are well established in lobbying for local climate action and engaging with communities in creative ways. In 2020, we were awarded a development grant of nearly £200,000 by the National Lottery’s Community Fund to carry out a climate action project, which is now called Can Do South Yorkshire.
We're so excited to continue to campaign for climate action, and we look forward to expanding our reach across South Yorkshire even further. Watch our new video to find out more about what we do. Thanks for all your support!
Pilgrimage to Net Zero with A Rocha CEO, Andy Atkins
Why should Christians care for the environment? Why all Christians have a vocation to care for the earth by Revd Dr. Mike Perry
The Nations' Climate Sunday Service from Glasgow Cathedral on 5th September 2021
Song of the Prophets: A requiem for the climate by Christian Aid and Chineke!
We all want to care for the planet, but can’t do everything at once. Here is the next in a series of tips to think about. Some can be done today, some this month, and some will not be for you. But remember - everyone can do something!
Febuary – Go Green for Lent
Try a plant-based recipe or diet. Start by cooking yourself vegan or plant-based meals once a week and take it from there. As time goes on, cook more vegan/vegetarian meals and try to eliminate as many animal products from your diet as you can.
For more practical ways to enjoy, nurture and defend nature, sign up to A Rocha UK’s Wild Christian email: arocha.org.uk/wild-christian
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.