Caring about our world
Public Policy Group
‘For Creed and Creation’
This easy to read booklet on ‘running a greener church’, and endorsed by the London Church Leaders Group, has been distributed to parishes across the diocese. A limited number of copies are available from the DEO or the text can be downloaded from the link below.
‘Shrinking the Footprint’
In 2005, General Synod debated Sharing God’s Planet, the report from The Mission and Public Affairs Division of the Archbishop’s Council, which, among other things, asked for a report on a measured reduction in energy consumption of the Church of England in 2008. The Synod called upon the whole Church to engage with the issues of climate change and energy use at every level in the Church.
All parish churches have been invited to carry out an audit of current energy uses so that a benchmark can be established. Once the size of the current 'carbon footprint' of the Church has been assessed, the campaign will roll out initiatives to shrink that footprint. The Audit Pack has two main elements: a short questionnaire for the recording of the units of energy used by churches and other essential information and a mini-audit designed to provide an easy way for parishes to review their activity. The audit is primarily directed at parish churches, but could be adapted for other buildings.
More information on ‘Shrinking the Footprint’ can be found at www.shrinkingthefootprint.cofe.anglican.org