Robert Cleave has updated with the environmental work that our Parish Church has been doing recently:
Our impact on the planet is changing the climate, reducing biodiversity, and polluting the earth. Around the world, climate change is affecting food security, creating social vulnerability, and disrupting peace and security. The climate crisis is hitting the most vulnerable hardest.
Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury has said, “Reducing the causes of climate change is essential to the life of faith. It is a way to love our neighbour and to steward the gift of creation.”
We realise that there is no single solution but that we all have a part to play. St Michael’s church contribution is working at becoming an Eco Church.
We see this as loving our neighbour, locally, globally and across future generations.
We have just carried out our first church eco audit and run a Bible Study course on Environmental Justice. To start, identified from the audit, each of our church committees is working on 3 actions that will positively help the environment. This includes:
- promoting walking and cycling rather than car use,
- encouraging church members to undertake a personal environmental lifestyle audit,
- encouraging the use of locally produced food and
- managing the churchyard in an environmentally friendly way.
We have also signed “The Time is Now” petition which will go to Boris Johnson, UK Prime Minister, ahead of the United Nations climate summit being held in Glasgow in November. This states that “the time is now to lead the UK towards a healthier, greener, fairer future.”
We are aware that these are very much just first steps and also that he biggest impact we will make is not in our church buildings but as a result of our lifestyles.