Living Lightly as a Church/Church Group
Want to know more or see what others have done?
View the 'Living Lightly' power-point (Living Lightly Home Page)
See the Stories of other churches
Include climate change issues, Environmental Care and 'Sustainable' Lifestyles in all aspects of your Church life.
Christian Environment Link (CEL) provides inspiration, ideas and stories from other churches already involved in the following:
Recycling, Buying recycled computer equipment, Food purchasing, Ethical Purchasing, Fairtrade, Low Energy Lighting, Transport, Water Efficiency, A Rocha Climate Stewards, Fairtrade vending, Ethical investment, etc.
Do an environmental check of your church and undertake measures to reduce the carbon footprint of your church property and way of being, using.
See also other: Church and Eco Action Packs:
The CoolChurch Toolkit: This 3 page toolkit includes how to calculate your church carbon emissions, ideas for appointing an energy manager and a sample church action plan.
Christian Ecology: This is a 2 page booklet covering: purchasing, cleaning, worship and education, community involvement, environmental projects, political pressure and the wider community.
EcoCongregations Toolkit: This kit is more comprehensive and has 12 modules. It starts with a ‘church check up’ of what the church is doing to care for creation and helps churches agree their own action plans.
A Rocha Environment Resources for individuals, groups and churches. Are you hard-pressed for time, but want to arrange a church service? Are you looking for home-group bible studies? Or maybe you want an inspiring audio-visual for outreach ?
Shrinking the Footprint (Church of England)
'Don't Stop at the Lights': Practical Action for Congregations 'Living more Lightly'
'Living Lightly' an A Rocha UK initiative that provides ideas of practical changes you can make, further information on key issues, links to useful websites and resources, and an on-line community that you can share your thoughts and questions with.
Work towards more extensive change. The comprehensive Eco CongregationToolkit has 12 modules. It starts with a ‘church check up’ of what the church is doing to care for creation and helps churches agree their own action plans. You could even consider going for an ‘Eco Congregation Award’. Read about how Seascale Methodist Church became the 1st church in Cumbria to achieve this award. See Also Hawkshead Hill Baptist Church story.
Personal Lifestyle Issues:
Encourage all church members to reduce their personal carbon footprint. This is your own personal measure of how much carbon dioxide you create and how much you contribute to climate change. See Eco Congregations Module 10 which provides easy and accessible suggestions; use a display in church for this purpose or show a Powerpoint presentation or DVD.
Other Resources, Ideas and Suggestions:
Drama, Quizzes: Use a drama or quiz in services and other church events to focus on the issue of climate change in a fresh and challenging way: See an intriguing poster: ‘A Conversation between Global North and South’ and other ideas:
Get Involved In Advocacy and Campaigning
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