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Saving Creation-The Diocese of Leeds strategy to reach net zero by 2030.
Some of you will know that in February 2020,the Church of England adopted an ambitious target to reach net zero emissions by 2030.
The Diocese of Leeds are at the forefront of acting on this and it is a key part of the Diosesan Strategy strongly endorsed by Bishop Nick in the context of loving, living and learning.
He sets out that reducing our carbon usage is an act of love . We share a “common home” on the earth and the resources are not limitless. Loving our neighbours as ourselves calls us to reduce our carbon usage as individuals and as a church.
Facing up to the reality of climate change requires us to live differently; to ask difficult questions and consider our priorities. Achieving net zero by 2030 communicates to the world and to ourselves who it is we believe in.
In aiming for net zero by 2030, we are seeking to be both bold and courageous. It will be a costly journey . Let us seek to support one another to learn, grow and discover more about God, his mission and the role of the church in the 21st Century.
The Diocesan website has lots of good information (click here) and all parishes and deanearies are being asked to work on their net zero strategy. The Church of England has decided to start by only counting its Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions for the commitment to be carbon net zero by 2030 . That means carbon dioxide produced from directly burning fossil fuels (gas/oil for heating and petrol/diesel used for church business travel) and carbon emitted from using fossil fuels to generate electricity.
So the 6 steps to net zero are set out as:
Measure and monitor: use of the energy foot printing tool and report to the APCM
Plan and prepare: checklist and template
Essential energy actions: cut back on energy use and use a 100% renewable tariff
Essential travel actions: move to electric cars, charged with renewable energy
Carbon offsetting: such as tree planting for remaining emissions.
Stepping out and up: celebrate what you are achieving.
In 2019, we gained our Bronze Eco Church award so are doing lots of good things towards this already but we are keen to involve more people and we could do with a small group to work on this together to achieve a silver or gold award. If you would like to get involved, please contact the parish office.
For further resources see: A Rocha UK's Wild Christian scheme - a community of families and individuals exploring the connections between our Christian faith, the natural environment, and how we live.
We hope that 2022 has started well for you as we write to you with our first Eco Church Connect of the year, letting you know about upcoming events, new resources and more.
Whilst COP26 may have brought some disappointing outcomes at the end of last year, we hope you’ll be encouraged by the sheer number of churches that are making commitments to take action in their own communities, with others. Together we can make a difference. As of the end of 2021 there were 4,400 churches registered as Eco Churches, and 1,660 awarded Eco Churches. A huge congratulations also to St Mary’s Church, Ticehurst, for being our 24th Gold-awarded church, and to all the churches who have received their Bronze and Silver awards in recent months."
For further news and the latest updates from Eco Church Connect, read the February newsletter now!