Eco Church resources

Holy Trinity holds the Eco Church Bronze Award, and we are working on achieving Silver. To learn more about A Rocha’s Eco Church,  its focus on how we care for Creation in our worship and teaching; in how we look after our buildings and land; in how we engage with our local community and the wider world, and in the personal lifestyles of our congregation, go to: https://ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/

The Eco Team have put together a list of interesting webinars on environmental issues from various sources, including the Church of England and the Oxford Martin School (part of Oxford University) – see below. Some are on church issues and others are of more general interest.

Events

Appreciating and Applying Christian Truths to our Buildings
Saturday 14 January 9.30-12.45
St Andrew’s Church, Linton Rd, OX2 6UG
Speaker: Christian architect and author Ian Davis; Case Studies: David and Jenny Bird, and Anne and Charles Clayton. See flier at the end of this list of resources.
Sign up at www.standrewsoxford.org/calendar or via their church office, 01865 311212

Suggested reading

TV

The Repair Shop: Wednesdays at 8.00-9.00 p.m., BBC1 (about restoring and re-purposing)

Radio

Rethink Climate: Series on BBC Radio 4 with Amol Rajan, available on BBC Sounds at https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m001gkq8.

Online tools

For a bit of fun (with serious intentions) why not try this Climate Change Food Calculator, called What’s your Diet’s Carbon Footprint? 

On a more serious note: Why not try doing the Eco Church Personal Environmental Lifestyle Audit?

How can we judge where to put our money (aka ‘ethical investment’)?  Do we know what our money is funding? Banks and Building Societies make countless claims of sustainability and ethical lending. Is this just a veneer? Follow this link to see how they are rated for environmental reporting, carbon reporting, management, transparency and ethical lending.  Take a look at Which’s Revealed: the Most Sustainable Savings Account Providers How to Stop Your Money Funding Climate Change.

Articles

Six promises you can make to help reduce carbon emissions (The Guardian, 07/03/2022). This article is eminently practical and won’t take long to read!

IPCC issues ‘bleakest warning yet’ on impacts of climate breakdown (The Guardian, 28/02/2022)

Webinars

The Church of England’s Carbon Footprint
January 17, 2023 12:00-13:00, BOOK HERE
This webinar gives the key findings from the Church of England’s Carbon Emissions Report for 2021. It also explains what is in- and out-of-scope of the Church of England’s Net Zero Carbon target, and how we approach measurement using the Energy Footprint Tool (EFT) for churches and the wider Energy Toolkit for other buildings and travel.
Speakers:
Tom Wood from the national Research and Statistics Team, who has developed the Energy Toolkit and has written the national Carbon Emissions report.
Catherine Ross, who works on Net Zero Carbon as part of the CofE Environment Programme.

Measuring Your Church’s Carbon Footprint
January 24, 2023 12:00-13:00 BOOK HERE
Find out how, and why a church’s carbon footprint is important. This practical
webinar explains what you need to know to use the Energy Footprint Tool (EFT);
what information you need to have to hand, and how to enter it. It also touches on the wider 360Carbon tool, for those churches wanting to go further.
The webinar will also tell you how the information can help your parish, your diocese,
and the national Church, to make plans to achieve Net Zero Carbon.
Speakers:
Tom Wood from the national Research and Statistics team (the team which created and runs the EFT).
Matthew Barber-Rowell, Eco Transformation, Manchester Diocese, who has actively worked with local churches to complete the EFT.
Caroline Pomeroy/ Adrian Frost (tbc) from Climate Stewards, the Christian offsetting charity behind the 360Carbon tool.

Creating a Net Zero Carbon Action Plan
February 2, 2023 12:00-13:00 BOOK HERE
This webinar tells you where to start, if you want to create a net zero carbon action plan for your diocese, church, school, or other organisation. There are pointers about where to find data, the principles to adopt, who to involve, where you can find helpful examples, and the kind of milestones you may want to adopt.
Speaker: Denise Rowley, Church of England Net Zero Carbon Programme Officer, who coordinated the creation of the CofE’s Routemap to Net Zero Carbon

Becoming a Net Zero Carbon Church
February 28, 16:00-17:00 BOOK HERE
March 2, 12:00-13:00 BOOK HERE
This webinar will help your church get started on becoming a net zero carbon church. You will be able to find out about:
What does net zero carbon mean?
What kind of practical change might it require?
How do you know your start point?
What resources are out there to help you?
Plus inspiring examples from churches around the country.
Speaker: Catherine Ross, who has led on net zero carbon for the
Cathedral and Church Buildings Division, including creating the “Practical Path to Net Zero Carbon for Churches

Past webinars which are available to watch again

For links to the range of C of E Net Zero Carbon webinars, and environmental fundraising go to: https://www.churchofengland.org/about/environment-and-climate-change/webinars-getting-net-zero-carbon#na

Climate Resilience. How to prepare your buildings for more extreme weather
This webinar will give details of how we can begin the process of adapting our churches to the new climate of hotter summers, wetter winters, more storms and multiple other changes.
Speaker: Chris Walsh is a researcher from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and has been gathering case studies of churches already dealing practically with climate change, and developing guidance on these issues.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SS6Wo3nPDI4&list=PLcc_HT5TeqjozCbEMCd0kXzxinrwYfWW1&index=2

Oxford Diocese Eco Hub
This describes itself as ’a one-stop shop for information, practical advice and theological reflection on how we can best care for God’s creation.’   It brings together resources from various organisations and groups, enabling us to find information to become agents of change.

Parish Buying Scheme
For clean electricity, and much more besides at competitive prices (including LED lighting, photocopiers, phones and broadband, insurance, office products, church supplies, furniture, fire safety, audio visual, and even Covid-19 supplies).

Electric Cars and Car Charging
This covers the transition to electric vehicles (EVs) and EV charging; the rationale, technology, costs, benefits and choices surrounding purchasing/ leasing an electric vehicle and the charging infrastructure.
Speaker Phil Davies from Cumbria Action for Sustainability. CAfS is currently involved in rolling out community-owned electric vehicle charging infrastructure across the UK.

In the Home
In this Climate Assembly webinar, Rebecca Willis talks about energy efficiency, changes we could make, phasing out fossil fuels, the main focus being on zero carbon heating.

Housekeeping and Quick Wins
This webinar in the C of E series tells you where to start. Practical steps like setting boiler/heating controls, DIY draught proofing, timers, water saving, procurement of energy and energy bills. Simple steps that don’t cost the earth. Speaker: Matt Fulford from Inspired Efficiency is the sustainability advisor at Gloucester Diocese, and has carried out countless church energy audits as part of the national audit programme and the Oxford Diocese audit programme (in which HTHQ took part in the initial round). He led a project at his own church, to make St Michael and All Angels Withington a ‘zero carbon’ church.