Vegetarian lunches at Church House
07 January 2019 IN: Parish News
It’s one year since we began working towards becoming an Eco Diocese and during that time great progress has been made, with 32 churches registering to become Eco Churches.
The journey includes Church House becoming a Carbon Literate Organisation (CLO) and a commitment to creating a low carbon culture in the diocesan office that encourages staff to think about the choices they make and the impact this can have on reducing their own and the organisation’s carbon footprint.
A task group is developing an action plan and Church House has already taken two significant steps towards achieving Carbon Literacy accreditation. Staff will have carbon literacy training which includes measuring their own carbon footprint and committing to an action to help reduce it.
Secondly, Church House has agreed a policy to provide only vegetarian catering for meetings. Many people are unaware that the livestock industry is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire global transport network! It can also be difficult to guarantee that meat bought for consumption in Church House has come from ethical farming practices.
The policy to serve only vegetarian food sends a very clear message about our commitment to becoming a CLO and the fifth mark of mission, to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation.
The task group will be looking at further steps to reduce our carbon footprint, including waste management and the use of reusable cutlery and crockery.