Responding to Climate Change
12 March 2020 IN: Parish News
2020 has already been a busy year environmentally, not just because of January’s scorching wild fires in Australia or February’s record rainfall in the UK, but also General Synod’s momentous decision to respond to the climate emergency by setting the Church of England the challenge of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.
Such energy for environmental mission is reflected in Manchester’s own 2020-2030 strategy, a vision that sees all our churches registered as eco churches and our diocese awarded eco-diocese status by 2030. We currently have 63 churches registered, with nine holding bronze or silver awards. Has your church registered and applied for an award yet?
To support and encourage us on this journey, the diocese’s new Environment Working Group met for the first time in March, and, earlier in the year, Manchester was one of four dioceses to trial the Church of England’s new energy audit tool, enabling all parishes in the country to begin to measure carbon consumption. There is a clear correlation between systematically measuring and then steadily reducing carbon emissions. This new tool should soon be available online for all parishes to use.
As 2020 unfolds we have several events in Manchester where we can learn more about the challenges and opportunities that present themselves as we ‘strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and renew the face of the earth’ (the Anglican Communion’s 5th Mark of Mission).
Saturday 2 May: Climate Justice Campaign Kick-Off at Cross St Unitarian Chapel
Saturday 18 July: Climate Change Conference at Trinity high School
1 September - 4 October: Creationtide
Autumn 2020: Ecumenical Eco Church event
More details on each event will be available soon.