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Environment

 The Diocesan Environment Task Group

The group has been set up with two roles:

  • To make care for creation a greater part of our Christian worship and witness
  • To adopt more sustainable lifestyles in relation to energy and waste

The convenor of the Task Group is Colum Goodchild.


Earth hour 2013 - I will if You Will - Dare the world to save the planet

"Every individual has the power to change the world they live in."

Now an annual event this years Earth hour was on Saturday 23rd March 2012 at 8.30 pm and celebrated a worldwide commitment to ongoing change in the way we use our planet. 

Earth Hour began in Australia in 2006 becoming a worldwide movement within three years. In 2012, Earth Hour saw hundreds of millions of people across 135 countries switch off for an hour. But it also marked the start of something new – going Beyond the Hour to commit to lasting action on climate change.

 

Shrinking the Footprint

Shrinking the Footprint is the Church of England's National Environmental Campaign to enable us to address the issue of climate change in faith, practice and mission. It aims to challenge, encourage and support us to shrink our footprint.

Click here to go to the Shrinking the footprint website

Click here to go to the Church of England website page Environment and Rural Affairs

The 10:10 Campaign is inviting all organisations, including churches to commit to themselves, and all their members to cut carbon emissions by 10% . Click here to go to their website. 

 

ecocongregation Eco-congregation is a tool to help churches begin to address environmental issues in all that they do. it is suitable for all kinds of churches to use. Resources on the site help churches to look at three areas of their lives.

◊ spiritual: worship and teaching
◊ practical: things to do with buildings etc.
◊ mission: reaching out into the local community

To go to their website click here.

 

There are also environmental resources on the Newcastle Diocesan website including a simple carbon calculator,  ten steps towards becoming a carbon neutral church, a 'Praying the Earth' booklet, and suggestions of some environmental books. Click here to go to the environmental page of the Newcastle website.

 

Another new resource is Creation Challenge, the environmental network of The Methodist Church, the United Reformed Church and the Baptist Union. It includes news, campaigns, resources, and links including ones to Church of England environmental pages. Click here to go to the Creation Challenge website.