Eco Church


We, the Church Council of Lichfield Methodist Church want to publicly recognise a Climate and Environmental Emergency, and commit ourselves to:

1. Our church: will celebrate Special Sundays relating to caring for God’s earth (e.g. Climate Sunday, Environment Sunday, Rogation Sunday etc.); 

2. Examining our lives individually and corporately in relation to this crisis, and seeking to live faithfully to God;

3. To take action with the Eco-Church survey and its award process to assist our thinking and action towards achieving a Gold Award. This approach will help us as church community, both corporately and as individuals, to minimise our negative impact on the environment and climate and to help restoration where possible;

4. Encouraging our members to make relevant lifestyle changes appropriate to their circumstances;

5. Encouraging action on this emergency in our neighbourhoods, workplaces and other spheres of activity;

6. Using whatever influence we may have to bring about positive actions by local and national government and by corporations.

7. We believe these actions must be underpinned by a commitment to justice both within our nation and towards other nations, particularly those who are poorer.

In 2019 a Climate Change group was inaugurated. The group decided to register interest in Eco Church and work towards its goals (https://www. ecochurch.arocha.org.uk). There are 3100 churches throughout the UK signed up to this programme of change. 

Action has been taken by members of the Eco Church Action Group to engage an electricity supplier with a ‘Green tariff’. We use LED lightbulbs. The church coffee shop practices are positively aimed at sustainable methods and reducing waste. The church office uses only recycled paper and promotes its use by individuals. Our young people’s groups have mounted a litter-pick in the city. They have also raised money for the charities that work for justice in parts of the world that are seriously affected by climate change e.g. Water Aid.

Special services have been held to promote caring for God’s earth and focusing on food production and the effect on our carbon footprint. Individual members have lobbied the local MP about climate change. Meetings have been held to promote the local authority’s efforts to get households to recycle and cut waste. We have a link to Transition Lichfield(www.transitionlichfield.org.uk) which has the aim of encouraging residents of the city to progress towards a zero carbon, sustainable future.

We are encouraging individual members to work with a carbon footprint calculator to reduce their personal carbon footprint We suggest for individual action you calculate your own carbon footprint:

• estimate your footprint for the last 12 months (or the last calendar year);

• set a target for a reduction of at least 10% in the next year, and then a reduction of at least 10% in each subsequent year.

Two useful websites for making the calculations are as follows https://footprint.wwf.org.uk   and  https://www.carbonindependent.org

 

For Local Recycling Information and Suggested Buys Click Here

 


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