Our planet is facing a dramatic change in climate, which according to scientists the world over is a result of human action over the last 150 years, predominantly through the burning of fossil fuels to create energy.
To stop 'runaway' climate change, we must limit the increase in global heating, currently being experienced, to 1.5°C. Climate change is already affecting our weather and in turn our natural world, which will affect all our lives if it remains unchecked.
Responding to climate change is an essential part of our responsibility to safeguard God's creation, in our own lives and in the life of our churches.
The Church of England has set new targets for all areas of church work to become ‘net zero carbon' by 2030 and has embarked on an environment programme to put in place the actions needed to achieve this target.
We have signed up to A Roche Eco Church Award Scheme. The scheme enables us to continuously assess our current efforts and activities across all aspects of church life: our worship and teaching, management of our church building and land, our community and global engagement and our personal lifestyles. The scheme also show how we can improve the ways that we care for God’s earth and reduce the environmental impact of our collective behaviours.
Good news! St Paul’s has now been awarded the silver A Rocha Eco Church award, which reflects the efforts being made to become a fully fledged Eco Church. Our next step is to go further and achieve a gold award, as a church community we can all contribute. Find out more about EcoChurch.
We encourage everyone to be environmentally mindful of their own lifestyle choices. There are so many ways that we can all contribute to saving our planet, from where we spend our money, to how and where we travel, to choices we make around personal consumption and how we lobby our government and wider organisations to improve the environmental impact of our legislation and regulations.