Churches Green News

Hello and welcome to 9th ENews of 2019,
General info and updates
  • Have you or your church considered renewable energy? Global warming / climate change is already affecting people in partner churches and communities in the poorest parts of the world. Switching to green energy helps protect and sustain God’s world and contributes to justice for those most affected by climate change. The Dioceses in the South West have negotiated a bulk purchase tariff with green energy supplier Ecotricity for electricity and gas in churches, church halls, clergy housing and domestic use. Find out more here

  • During Creationtide 2017 and 2018, EcoChurch Southwest sent out emails with reflections and resources each morning from 1 September to 4 October. You may like to join their mailing list for emails this year. Alternatively look at this Season of Creation website for inspiration and resources, and Green Christian have a long What’s On list.

  • free 8 week online course on “Climate Change: The Science and Global Impact” starting 1st Sep: If you feel you want to understand climate science better, in order to speak about it with others, then there is a good upcoming opportunity. The American climate scientist Michael Mann is running a free on-line 8 week course starting in September. Eight weeks of 2-4 hours per week, home learning in your own time.  There is an optional certificate that you pay for. For more information see here There are also many other free courses available from sustainable development goal academy
  • Look out for the Operation Noah stand at this year’s Greenbelt festival towards the end of this month. Greenbelt is a festival of arts, faith and justice. Operation Noah will be there, sharing a stall with Green Christian again this year. Do visit them there in the ‘Hot House’. If you would be able to help them on the stall, please contact the Operation Noah Team.  Climate Stewards will also be at Greenbelt’s new ‘Hothouse’ venue  alongside A Rocha UK and other environmental organisations.

Some good news

  • New York City is trading its signature glass-dominated skyline for one replete with plants, solar panels, and wind turbines. The day before Earth Day, the New York City Council passed a historic act that will turn the city green, literally. The city’s new green building legislation will result in the equivalent of taking more than one million cars off the road by 2030. Read more here
  • Also it seems hotels are starting to realise that all those little plastic bottles of complimentary shampoo etc in their rooms is not the best way forward… read more here, which also includes some hints and tips to make your hotel stay greener
Some not quite such good news
The bad news is that the hotter summers we are currently experiencing are causing glaciers to melt even more quickly, in fact at record-breaking rates. You can read more here
Upcoming events / dates for your diary

If you are hosting any relevant events you would like us to help publicise please let me know in time for inclusion in the ENews
  • Wednesday 21st August 5 -7pm Wax wrap workshop – run by Barbara Hampson, you’ll learn how to make wax wraps, the eco-friendly alternative for wrapping food.  All the details are here: FB link And if you’re not sure what they are, have a look at this: about wax wrap
  • Friday 23rd August, 11am – 1pm at Boston Tea Party Plymouth Beach Clean Outreach Looking for a volunteer opportunity? Want an excuse to get out on the coast? Want to spread awareness about the Ocean and its creatures? Come along to a Beach Clean Information Drop-In at Boston Tea Party down on the Barbican. Meet the Plymouth Beach Clean Team, explore some cool items found on the beach, find out more about beach cleaning and learn how to get involved. For more info or to show interest in attending see their FB page
  • 8th September at Exeter Cathedral at 7pm – Christian Climate Action (CCA) Southwest Group event for September: Exeter event – a Holy Ground climate-focused service  All welcome
  • The Viridor Chelson Meadow recycling facility does not offer public tours, but they have allowed us to offer you a guided tour.We have provisionally arranged 2 more dates – Tuesday 10th September at 2pm and Monday 16th September at 10.30am. Numbers are strictly limited to 6 per visit, and we want to encourage only those of you who will use what you learn to spread the word amongst your churches, friends and families to help raise the current levels of recycling in the city. Apologies, but this isn’t the trip for those who just fancy a look around. Numbers will be further limited by the fact that there will be stairs, and steps without handrails involved so it is unsuitable for anyone with a mobility problem. Then… although most PPE can be provided it is essential for safety boots to be worn and they do not have a huge range of sizes to loan out. So… if you would like to come and fit the above criteria please email me, and don’t forget to say whether you have your own safety boots or if not, what size you would need.
  • Friday 20th September – Climate Strike This short video from Greta Thunberg and won’t be the last you’ll hear about the September strike, but if you haven’t already got it in your diary or calender you might want to make a note of it now. video link
  • Sunday 22nd September 2.30pm  – Devon Earth and Faith Network (DEFAN) event – “Faith, Belief and Climate Justice – a Call to Action” to be held at the Friends Meeting House in Exeter. Poster with more details attached
  • Friday 4th October; World No Disposable Cup Day – Daily in the UK we use more than 7 MILLION DISPOSABLE CUPS – 500,000 are dropped on the floor! The UK is one of the worst in the world, using 2.5 billion cups a year – this would create a pile of disposable cup waste as big as the Albert Hall in London! Poster attached
  • Thursday 24th October – PCGA Tour of the MVV Energy for Waste Plant (aka the incinerator) 6pm. This event is FREE to atted but places are limited so please book here
  • Advance Notice; Friday 8th November, 7.30pm Plymouth’s own Professor John Spicer will be asking ‘Is there a Christian Response to our Biodiversity Crisis?’  at Plymouth University. Please pop the date in your diary and ask your church to put a ‘save the date’ in their newsletter
Information links
We will aim to only send you information once about a particular website that maybe of interest to some of you; you are then invited to subscribe yourself so that we do not duplicate information which can be off-putting
  • Pollenize CIC is a social enterprise that brings together the power of community and technology to reverse pollinator decline. Accelerating pollinator awareness by introducing apiaries stocked with Native European Dark Honey Bees to high profile buildings in the centre of urban communities. Gathering environmental intelligence data through remote hive sensing and honey pollen DNA analysis to improve the future resilience of urban pollinators and their habitats
  • Faith for the Climate  have launched their new website. Faith for the Climate exists to encourage, inspire and equip faith communities in their work on climate change.
A quote to leave you with:
“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.” Isaac Asimov:
As always, please do let us know any hints and tips you have to share with others, and any relevant events for us to publicise.
on behalf of PCGA steering committee
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