Following a presentation by the Environment group at Diocesan Synod on June 2018, Synod voted unanimously to become an Eco Diocese.
The motion, proposed by Archdeacon Carol and seconded by Dr Richard Henderson-Smith, was:
"This Synod agrees to implement the process of becoming an Eco Diocese through the efforts of Parishes, Deaneries and Diocesan Officers and Offices as it moves towards applying the gospel mission of caring for God’s Earth for the sake of God’s creatures. This is agreed to be reported, shared and celebrated at Deanery and Diocesan level."
A tale of two churches: See how two churches in the Diocese have taken different approaches to going green:
To find out more, contact Stella Collishaw who coordinates the group 01332 388685 / e: Stella.Collishaw@derby.anglican.org
For more about the scheme from Arocha ....
General Synod passed the motion to step up the Environment Programme in response to the escalating threat of Climate Change.
A motion (Friday 22 Feb) brought by the dioceses of London and Truro was approved, committing the Church to accelerating its existing Environmental Programme (CoEEP), and calling on every diocese to put in place an environmental programme overseen by a designated member of the bishop’s staff team.
The possibility of a standard tool to monitor CO2 emissions in churches, cathedrals and church halls will also be explored.
Sophie Mitchell of the Church of England Youth Council referencing the Climate Emergency School Strike suggested we have been failing in our creation care mandate.
Loretta Minghella said there was no plan B because there was no planet B. She went on to tell of the lobbying progress by the National Pensions and Investments Board.
Click here to catch up with the debate.
Support a local group + join a national environment charity.
Now, more than ever, it is time to join together to lobby about Creation Care. A serious suggestion from A Rocha UK CEO Andy Atkins (Dronfield Nov 2018) is to join a local group and subscribe to a national charity. Numbers count for strengthening the voice of national charities as they campaign and lobby government. Connect with local related charities simply by going to a meeting, volunteering for a day, or following a Facebook group. Joiner or not, you can contact your MP directly and engage with democratic process.
A new report from Operation Noah - 'Bright Now'
Saturday 15 June there will be a presentation with update on Eco Diocese at Derby Diocesan Synod.
Derby City Council passed the Climate Emergency motion unamended and with no abstentions.
St Barnabas Derby has recently achieved a silver Eco Church award. Congratulations to all of them for reaping this accolade and helping us all in our aim to become an awarded Eco Diocese.
A new song for season of Creation listen, find sheet music and rehearsal recordings so you can practice for this Season 1 Sept-4 Oct 2019.
Climate change and carbon reduction manifesto unveiled by Derbyshire County Council but the motion to declare a climate emergency was not passed. In Derbyshire, Wirksworth Town Council and New Mills Town Council have already declared climate emergencies.
Whistlewood Common new roundhouse building scoops an award.
Arocha 'When Silence is not an option' blog. Embedded in the article is a link to the rally on 26th June 2019.
Training and events
The Time is Now Wednesday 26 June 2019 Derbyshire Climate Coalition lobby event, details click on link, coach pick up points from Chesterfield, Belper, Derby. Booking required.
Buxton festival fringe Mountains of the Moon, family friendly eco related production, 19/20th July 2019.
28 parishes in this Diocese have registered as Eco Churches. Three have achieved awards. Eco church FAQs. 1100 churches have registered across England. 3 Dioceses have achieved Bronze Eco Diocese awards - Salisbury, Guildford and Birmingham. To make contact to support a local church or find volunteering opportunities contact or go to find a church.
If you want a presentation for your PCC there is free to use material at Promoting Eco Church. This includes a powerpoint presentation and film clips.
Latest newsletter from the Church of England's Environment Programme. In it there's everything from news from Katowice, looking forward to Earth Day (April) and how Manchester Diocese is supporting an intiative to become the first Cycling City.
Latest newsletter from ARocha UK. In it they suggest 3 environmentally friendly choices for 2019: cut down on meat, drive less and grow your own food.
Tenants of the King, a 4 part study looking at what the Bible has to say about climate change, from Operation Noah. Worth looking at purely for answers to common questions pages 22-25. Copies were offered at clergy Conference 2018. A group batch can be loaned with usb/dvd resources contact.
Joy in Enough from Green Christian offer a confession as a basis for your focus. A call to the church in Britain to acknowledge our complicity in consumerism and climate change.
Resource from Bristol Diocese, 'Living well in God's world.'
Faith in a Changing Climate USPG downloadable study resource with case studies from across the Anglican Communion. Printed copies are available on request. It includes a very helpful page on Climate Change FAQs (p6&7). Copies were circulated by Rev Richard Reade at Clergy Conference 2018.
Living Lent invites you to make 6 changes for the benefit of the Environment.
Church Mission Society study resource 'The Possible world'.
The Environment Committee recommend beginning registering as an Eco Church. This gives you access to a tool which helps measure your progress. You save your input and update it, working towards a bronze, silver or gold award. We will celebrate your achievement (details feature in the film clip above) as it helps us work towards an award as a Diocese. 3 of our parishes have awards. Registered and awarded churches are on the Eco church map. The scheme is run by A Rocha UK and is endorsed by The Church of England, the Methodist Church, Christian Aid, TEARfund.
John Beardmore, our Environment Committee engineer and adviser to DAC says:
A simple strategy for environmental decision making ....
This is a small and dedicated group of volunteers.
Practical activities led by the group include
- training on Eco Church in the Learning in Faith programme
- the motion at June 2018 Diocesan Synod where we decided to become an Eco Diocese,
- a paper for the Parsonages Committee on Solar PV,
- architect training partnered with DAC,
- advice to individual parishes,
- a local performance of Baked Alaska at Melbourne Festival.
Nominations to join us are welcome. We can meet your PCC or you could to come along to meet the committee to share perspectives.
Contact Stella Collishaw is the contact member of Diocesan staff working with this group. Please send her invites to your events and permission to share them, or news of progress in your patch.
References from Diocesan Synod June 2019.
Other recent publications:
The Framework was approved by Derby Diocesan Synod in February 2013.
Find articles, Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation, My Reflections on Plastic-Less Lent and Time for Action which you are invited to publish locally including images. To get the newsletter as it is published sign up.
Shrinking the Footprint is the national environment programme from the Church of England.
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