Materials on other websites, which we hope you find interesting and useful, covering:
- Environment action in the Church of England
- Working with other churches and faith groups
- The issues – climate change; resource depletion; justice
- Taking action – do it yourself; campaigning; get others’ attention!
In the national Church
Around the Dioceses in the south west
Bath & Wells
Learning from other Dioceses
Devon Churches Green Action (DCGA) is a task group which promotes awareness of ecological issues among the communities/churches of Devon and encourages people to take appropriate action to make their lifestyles more sustainable. One of DCGA’s roles is to encourage local churches to develop ‘green groups’ or teams to activate wider community.
The Environmental Issues Network (EIN) of the Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI) aims to raise levels of awareness on issues relating to the environment and sustainability. It also helps member churches and other organisations explore together their theological understanding of creation and its ethical implications for environmental policy and action.
Christian Ecology Link (CEL) aims to offer insights into ecology and the environment to Christian people and churches, and to offer Christian insights to the Green movement. CEL supports Christians from all backgrounds and traditions.
EIN and CEL founded Operation Noah, the first Christian campaign focused exclusively on climate change. It’s mission is to encourage Britain and Ireland’s churches and governments to lead a radical transformation in both our culture and economic systems; a transformation towards simpler, liveable and supportable lifestyles that will increase happiness and well-being, while safeguarding the whole of God’s creation for future generations.
The Methodist Church in Britain, The United Reformed Church and the Baptist Union of Great Britain convened a joint working group on climate change and theology to produce the report “Hope in God’s Future: Christian Discipleship in the Context of Climate Change” (pdf). Together with the Church of Scotland, they have assembled a Joint Public Issues Team on the Environment.
The Anglican Communion Environmental Network aims to encourage Anglicans across the globe to support sustainable environmental practices as individuals and in the life of their communities.
The European Christian Environmental Network (ECEN) is a church network promoting co-operation in caring for creation. ECEN is an instrument of the Conference of European Churches for addressing the relationship to nature and the environment from the perspective of Christian theology and Christian way of life.
Martyn Goss attended the Faith and Climate Change seminar at Lambeth Palace on 29th October 2009. The faith leaders and other participants released The Lambeth Declaration, pledging to work together to raise awareness about the effects of ‘catastrophic climate change’ on the world’s poor and to take whatever action they can to “to reduce carbon emissions and promote sustainable practice”.
The science and impacts of climate change
- Met Office: Climate guide
- Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: Fifth Assessment Report
- Skeptical Science: Explaining climate change science & rebutting global warming misinformation
UK climate policy
- Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)
- Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra): Adapting to climate change
- Department for International Development: Supporting international action on climate change and Reducing the impact of climate change in developing countries
Committee on Climate Change
- Office of Climate Change
- Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Act 2006
- The Guardian’s National carbon calculator
- Wikipedia article
- Transition Network – building resilience within local communities
- Guardian article: “Peak soil: industrial civilisation is on the verge of eating itself”
- Skeptical Science article: “Peak Water, Peak Oil…Now, Peak Soil?”
- Wikipedia article
- Climate Justice Online – Submit your vision for an Ideal World in 2030
- Act Now for Climate Justice – A network of organisations and movements from across the globe
- Wikipedia article
- UK Government statistics
- Fuel Poverty Action – A campaign group of the Climate Justice Collective
Do it yourself
Resources for churches
Resources for individuals – measure your footprint and commit to reducing it
- WWF Footprint Calculator
- Cut carbon 10% at a time with 10:10
- Tips from the Guardian on how to achieve those 10% cuts
Get involved with the campaigns run by charities
Get involved in in local, national and European politics
- Churches Together in Britain and Ireland: Church and public issues
- Write to your local councillors, MP and MEPs, and the relevant members of the House of Lords via Write to Them.
- They Work for You provides information on your MP’s interests, speeches and voting records.
- For official guidance on petitioning Parliament, or lobbying an MP or Lord, see the Parliament website.
- There are plenty of useful tips on how to write out there, and these are worth following.
- And don’t forget that a number of bishops sit in the House of Lords!
- Respond to Government consultations
Get others’ attention!