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 Goddard's amendment to the original motion this July. This means that the National Investing Bodies will have to divest from fossil-fuel companies who are not aligned to with the Paris Agreement Goals by 2023.
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 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. Brexit may start with a 'chop and paste' of EU laws in March 2019 so to encourage the environmental laws to continue to be strong in our law then 2018-19 is the year to be a signed up member. Local related charities can be found and connected with 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'
In house training Part of the Learning in Faith offer there is Eco Church training on 15 March 2019 or 19 May 2019.
Eco Church Conference 2 March 2019, London.
19 parishes in this Diocese have registered as Eco Churches. Two have achieved awards. Eco church FAQs. 1100 churches have registered across England. 3 Dioceses have achieved Bronze Eco Diocese awards - Salisbury, Guildford and Birmingham.
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.
As we approach Brexit the lobbying power of Environmental charities to retain what begins as a chop and paste from EU law will be boosted by their membership numbers so this year may be the most important year in recent memory when it is worth (valuable) signing up and participating.
Sustainable Heating and Lighting conference [Powering Gods Northern Powerhouse Dec 2018] resources to download.
Church of England Lent resources.
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.
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.
The Environment Group 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. 2 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 Group 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
- 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.
The Framework was approved by Derby Diocesan Synod in February 2013.
Other recent publications:
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 prompt for the newsletter click here.
Shrinking the Footprint is the national environment programme from the Church of England.
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