Environment

See, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth, I tell you of them. Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise from the end of the earth! Let the sea roar and all that fills it, the coastlands and their inhabitants. 

Isaiah 42:9-10 

Bishop John writes:

“The biggest ongoing challenge facing our world is the climate crisis. For Christians it asks hard questions not only of our lifestyle choices but about what we believe. What does it mean to be good stewards of the beautiful and fertile planet which we share with so many living creatures? What does it mean to say that ‘the earth is the Lord’s’? I commend this webpage to you and encourage you to use it as we journey towards carbon net zero. We have some hills to climb and corners to turn on this journey, but if we travel together we shall find much to enjoy. It’s a journey we make not just for ourselves but also for people unknown to us and generations as yet unborn.”

Our new Diocesan Environment Group will help support and encourage charges to work towards net zero carbon emissions by 2030. It reports to standing committee. 

Photo: P Backhouse

Sharing struggles and questions 

The journey towards net zero is a daunting prospect for all individuals and organisations globally. Sharing our concerns and asking questions can empower us, and encourage others, to take steps forward. Please do use the Diocesan Support Forum to share ideas and ask questions. 

Let’s hold on to the hope that God has called us to partner in bringing about the Kingdom of God on earth today.  

Watch this video of the work that has been done at The Gate Church, Dundee, to be inspired about what can be achieved in an old listed building and the community it serves. For more information about this project, or support with your own project ideas, please contact James Anthony (james@ecocongregationscotland.org). 

Please send in stories, however big or small, so that we can celebrate these and use them to share ideas (bethany@psandgs.org.uk

Resources: 

  • The Provincial Environment Group of The Scottish Episcopal Church has produced a toolkit to guide churches towards reaching net zero. We would encourage all charges to engage with this.  
  • We also strongly urge everyone to embrace the Energy Footprint Analyser to calculate your carbon emissions associated with heating and energy usage and submit your results by May 25th 2022. NB: you must download Adobe Acrobat Reader DC to open the Energy Footprint Analyser. 
  • Eco-congregation Scotland have many resources available including their Greening Church Buildings guide. If your charge is not already a member of Eco-congregation Scotland this can be a great way to start engaging with creation care. 
  • The Church of England has a series of webinars available online covering a range of practical issues with reaching net zero. 
Photo: P Backhouse

Whilst our buildings are important, we are aware that ‘the church’ is first and foremost the people, not the building! We would like to encourage all rectors, and their congregations, to think about reducing their individual carbon footprints. 

  • Climate Stewards is one example of a carbon footprint calculator for individuals and households to use. 
  • A Rocha’s Wild Christian community provides individuals and families with ideas of practical ways to engage with caring for God’s creation. 

Funding: 

Funding is available to install low carbon or renewable energy systems at places of worship and community buildings.  Please click the following link for further information: 

CARES Let’s do net zero community buildings – stakeholder pack 

For more information, please get in touch at bethany@psandgs.org.uk