Church and Church Groups (see also below)
Church and Community (see also below)
Churches Thinking Globally and Acting Locally (see also below)
Advocacy & Campaigning (see also below)
INDIVIDUALS & FAMILIES
As individuals we count, before God and in the great scheme of things. Yes, we can make a difference by the way we walk with God, live our lives in our home, community, church, place of learning or workplace.
As families we can learn together and consider, make choices and choose lifestyles, both individually and as a family, that please God and support his whole creation, displaying care for those who live in poverty.
We can Involve all the family in the lifestyle choices we make. The children may well be more aware of the issues and practical daily options than many of us adults. Many schools are leading the way and encouraging our children and young people to walk more lightly.
Look together at the kids zone, school zone and youth zone pages. They are packed with ideas and resources.
The children can take a lead in encouraging their school to become an eco school. This programme is child led. They can also encourage their church youth group, or even the whole church to become an eco congregation.
Photo: Eco Congregations
Adults can make a difference in the home, work place, community and church. Take a look at the church/church group, church and community, and church:local and global pages which are full of ideas.
If you are looking for inspiring examples look at the stories page.
The Part You Play: Climate Chance from a Christian Perspective. This short Tearfund booklet introduces climate change from a Christian perspective, the impact it is already having on poor communities and how you can join the church's response. Click here to order
Find out your Carbon Footprint: Our carbon footprint is a gauge of the impact our activities have on the environment in terms of the amount of greenhouse gases produced. It is calculated in units of carbon dioxide, and is a measure of the relative impact of our lifestyle on the world's resources. Shrink your footprint and you contribute to slowing down and then reducing global climate change. Calculate your own carbon footprint 'My Footprint' calculator or Carbon Calculator.
FREEGLy good way to recycle
Don’t throw it away – give it away on Freegle! You might not need that old sofa or wheelbarrow any more – but there might be someone just round the corner who does. Or if there’s something you’d like, someone nearby might have one.
Lurking in sheds, attics and cupboards all over the UK are items that are too good to throw away, but are not loved or needed anymore. Freegle online groups can help!
There are 1,392,552 Freegle members in 357 reuse groups all over the UK
Freegle groups across Cumbria help people reuse unwanted items by giving them away to each other for free. In Cumbria, there are groups based in Carlisle, Penrith, Kendal and Barrow. Nationally there are over 350 groups and 1.4 million members. You can find out more and join by going to www.ilovefreegle.org
Kendal area are considering establishing a Kendal Car Club Scheme. Carplus is a national charity that works toward developing more sustainable means of travel.
South Lakeland District Council and Carplus are working together to help create a car club for Kendal and are committed to encouraging sustainable transport in the District.
As part of our plans for Kendal, we are now trying to find out where potential users of the car club live, where car club vehicles would be best placed to suit the community, and to find out your attitudes to the idea.
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