We believe in a God who called the whole creation ‘very good’ – human and non-human together – and we seek to find ways of ensuring that all creation can thrive together.
We believe in a God of justice and we recognise that it is the poor who suffer first when the environment is damaged through deforestation, pollution, desertification, climate change, or the unsustainable extraction of raw materials.
We believe in a God of hope, the one through whom all creation will one day ‘be liberated from its bondage to decay’, and that The Almighty God who created and sustains His world wants all people to be actively involved in this great plan to redeem the whole of creation.
We want our church – as an organisation, as a building and as members – to work to increase our positive environmental interactions and to decrease our negative environmental impact.
1) To work to achieve reduced year-on-year emissions (in line with the Church of England Synod Resolutions A17.05 and A17.06)
2) To urgently examine what would be required to reach net zero emissions by 2030 in order that a plan of action can be drawn up to achieve that target (in line with the Church of England Synod Resolutions A17.05 and A17.06)
3) To be mindful in our use and acquisition of the world’s resources, aiming to reduce waste at all times and to use environmentally friendly and ethical products wherever possible (e.g. considering fairly-traded, organic, free-range, local, recycled, reused, re-useable, etc.)
4) To model and promote the positive use of, interaction with and management of nature on our own church grounds and beyond through policy, practise and design that is beneficial and non-harmful to plants, animals and people
5) To be a church that encourages leaders, individuals and the wider community to reflect on their place and role in God’s creation by equipping, educating and resourcing them with environmentally focussed worship, prayer, corporate actions and individual decisions.
If you would like to join our group of volunteers to take part in one of the current projects or just share your ideas and knowledge, please get in touch via email on firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to hear from you!
Below you can find the first version of what we hope will be a regularly updated listing of recommended providers where you can find organic foods, natural healthcare products, environmentally-friendly cleaning materials and a variety of other things.
If you know of any others that you would recommend please send in the details for the next version. If you find any of those listed do not perform well or cease business please let us know.
There is a growing number of local providers who are doing great things, please support them.
The listing does not include the supermarkets and chains such as Holland and Barrett, but of course these all can supply natural and organic products.