Go far, go fair, go green
Go far, go fair, go green
- One of our MAP Goals as a parish is to: Be a green & Fairtrade parish & make a positive environmental impact
- Our Green & Fairtrade team led by Trevor Tayleur and we would love for you to be involved!
- We are currently doing the Ecochurch survey to review our environmental footprint https://ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/
- In the run up to COP26 we are inviting people to prayer and action. Here are some things to consider:
- Sign The Time Is Now petition calling on our government to take action
- 18 – 26 September 2021 Great Big Green Week: https://greatbiggreenweek.com a nationwide celebration of action on climate change, taking place across the UK
- Take part in the Vigil for COP which will take place at Southwark Cathedral on October 23rd 2021 beginning at 2.00pm https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/prayer-vigil-for-cop26-climate-conference-tickets-152732774841
- The Justice Conference and Tearfund are hosting 4 events on how climate change intersects with injustice. One per week starting this Thursday 8pm. You can sign up at https://thejusticeconference.co.uk/climate-of-injustice/
- 6 November Day of Action for civil society: https://www.christianaid.org.uk/get-involved-locally/scotland/preparing-cop26; https://cop26coalition.org/the-coalition/
- Jeremy Brackpool a local environmental expert runs an online Environmental Master Class which helps you think through your own personal contributions and what changes you could make. Visit https://www.environmentmasterclass.co.uk/ to sign up for a group or 1-2-1 session
- Did you know:
You can fill your own bags and containers locally at zero waste shops ✔
You can buy used or up-cycled goods, or e.g. charity shop Christmas presents ✔
You can reduce waste by buying some brands like Traidcraft’s Bio-D in 5 litre containers with transferable pumps and spare nozzles ✔
You can shop alternative materials, such as eco-friendly jeans, bamboo paper towels or socks (see www.traidcraft.co.uk – bamboo blend socks by Thought) ✔
Repair something that’s broken ✔
As a fairtrade parish we have commited to:
We run a termly fairtrade stall on Sundays with the next one happening after the 0930 and 1115 services on 12th September. To purchase fairtrade products consider using Traidcraft
Links to websites about Climate change and it’s impact
- Summer 2021 IPCC report https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-58130705
- Carbon Brief: https://www.carbonbrief.org/in-depth-qa-the-ipccs-special-report-on-climate-change-and-land [see section ‘What does the report say about sustainable development, gender and the role of indigenous communities?’]
- International Institute for Environment and Development: https://www.iied.org/climate-justice-ipcc-special-report-land
- Oxfam: https://www.oxfam.org/en/press-releases/carbon-emissions-richest-1-percent-more-double-emissions-poorest-half-humanity
- Map of climate caused by location within the UK: https://www.carbon.place/
- Grantham Institute: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/stories/climate-action/
Bible Verses on Creation
The Earth belongs to God (Ps. 24.1) by his creation (Job 38.4; Ps. 19.1), sustaining (Matt. 6.26), redemption (Col. 1.15-30), and power to destroy (Gen. 6.7; Ps. 104.29); it is the theatre of his work (Gen. 9.12-17); Hos. 2.21-22; Matt. 5.45).
Creation is ‘good’ and intrinsically valuable (Gen. 2.20), connected to him by word (Gen. 1.3, 6, 9, etc; John 1.1-5; Heb.1.3) and saved from reification by the incarnation (Mark 4.41; Eph 1.22; Phil 2.10-11).
God has entrusted his creation to us as his managers (Gen. 1.26; Ps.8.6-8) or gardeners (Gen. 2.15).
We are answerable to him for his trust (Lev. 25.3-5, 14-17; Luke 12.42-48; 19:12-27; 20:9-18), not as preservations but as responsible stewards (Matt. 25.24-30).
Our relationship has been disrupted by the fall (Gen. 3.1-7; Rom. 8.19-22)
[Taken from Berry (ed.), (2000) The Care of Creation: Focusing Concern and Action, IVP]