News from the DEG

 

A first for the Church of England

St Martin's Finham have just finished the first phase of installing solar panels mounted outside their church hall on the Cornish Rocker system, which allows adjustment of the angle of panels according to the season to maximise the amount of solar energy captured. (6th December 2022). They hope that the project will be complete in the New Year.

Below: Panels in winter orientation                                                       Below right: Panels being adjusted to summer from winter orientation

   

NEW REPORT ON HEATED CUSHIONS:

Marown Parish Church (Diocese of Sodor and Man) have been successfully piloting a new approach to heating; rechargable heated cushions; for information, see https://www.churchofengland.org/about/environment-and-climate-change/towards-net-zero-carbon-case-studies/marown-church-tries-new 

Net Carbon Zero by 2030:

Click here for information about the new Church of England Routemap to Net Zero by 2030. For further information, visit the page on this DEG website on Climate Change and our Carbon Footprint

Carbon Dioxide Reduction Project Advice: Phil Hemsley, a member of the Church Energy Advisory Network, who coordinated the installation of solar pv panels at St George's Rugby has produced an advice sheet on Carbon Dioxide Reduction

INTERESTED IN ECO CHURCH? Have a go at filling in the survey questions at https://ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Eco-Church-Survey-v2-January-2018.pdf.. You're probably almost at Bronze already! Now why not sign on?

The number of Diocese of Coventry churches that have registered with Eco Church is now 81 (9 December 2022)!

If you are registered as an Eco Church or are about to register, please look at the website (https://ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/) and go to the Registration and Login page. The website will allow your Eco Church coordinator AND other members of your Eco Church team to sign in. 

CONGRATULATIONS TO NEW ECO CHURCH AWARD WINNERS  Congratulations toSt Nicolas Nuneaton, St John the Baptist Henley in Arden and Holy Trinity Stratford for Silver Awards, and St Mary's Tysoe for a Bronze Award. Also well done St Paul's Stockingford, St Thomas' Keresley, St Andrew's Shottery, St Laurence's Rowingford and Stoke St Michael's for signing on for Eco Church in Autumn 2022. For further information go to our Eco Church page.

WORRIED ABOUT HEATWAVES?  OR REALLY COLD SNAPS?

"I'm only a kid; I can't do anything about climate change, right?"  Is the planet really warming? Is this due to humans?  Canadian climatologist Katherine Hayhoe suggests what you could do in this 17-minute TED talk HERE. Also see Church of England webinars on the Climate-resilient Church HERE.

Climate Action Fund opens for applications, with up to £8 million in National Lottery funding for communities focusing on nature and climate change | The National Lottery Community Fund

The National Lottery Community Fund’s Climate Action Fund is making up to £8 million available to community projects across the UK that are focusing on the link between nature and climate.

www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk

THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND ROUTEMAP TO NET ZERO CARBON 

The Routemap was launched on Thursday 23 June 2022 with a Press Release and details can be found here: https://www.churchofengland.org/about/environment-and-climate-change/net-zero-carbon-routemap

It is possible to reduce carbon emissions from nearly every building by relatively easy and cheap methods that reduce energy consumption, improve energy efficiency and make the building more comfortable.  Eliminating all carbon emissions from a building is more challenging and costly, although it can be done with existing technologies. The Routemap therefore prioritises identifying high energy-consuming, high carbon-emitting buildings, and developing plans to tackle carbon emissions from them. 

We do hope  that more churches will manage to complete entering 2022 data when next year's entry opens in spring 2023. Please ensure that your PCCs, Church Treasurers and Churchwardens know about this then and ensure that they submit your 2022 data alongside your Parish Returns. 

This is a vital tool in our journey to achieving Net Zero Carbon as a Diocese by 2030. Please do use this excellent resource.   To help you complete this this year, we provided information at https://www.coventry.anglican.org/info-for-parishes/energy-footprint-tool/ Well done those churches that completed the 2021 data and met the July 2022 deadline' we had over a 60% completion rate, one of the higher Diocesan completion rates!

SIGN ON TO RECEIVE THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMME NEWS at https://www.churchofengland.org/about/environment-and-climate-change/environment-programme-news

Operation Noah  hosted a webinar launching the report ‘Church Investment in Climate Solutions: Financing a Liveable Future’ on Tuesday 22 November from 7pm-8.30pm. 

'Creation care' website: A new way to encourage parishioners to get involved with the Eco Church survey; go to our Eco Church page for details.

NEW: Church of England website page on Eco Church at https://www.churchofengland.org/more/policy-and-thinking/our-views/environment-and-climate-change/eco-church.

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust's Sherbourne Valley Project is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and was launched on 10th August 2020. Match funding for the Development Phase of this scheme was provided by Coventry City Council, the Environment Agency, Severn Trent, Citizen Housing and Diocese of Coventry (Diocesan Environment Group). Collaborating with those partners and others including Historic Coventry and City of Culture, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust have been working with local people to enhance the area for the benefit of wildlife and people and helping people to improve, interpret, share and celebrate all aspects of the river’s heritage.

The SVP has now started its four-year Delivery Phase and we are now participating as Sherbourne Valley Churches. The Diocesan Environment Officer has now handed over his place on the SVP Board to Jan Clemons, Eco Deacon of Hearsall Baptist Church. Participation with Sherbourne Valley Churches is an opportunity for members of churches in the watershed to demonstrate their Community and Global Engagement (see pp. 7-8 of the Eco Church Survey). For further information, see http://www.dioceseofcoventry.org/DEG/DEG_campaign If you would like further information or to be involved, please email the Diocesan Environment Officer at Godfrey.Armitage@covcofe.org.

Creationtide Resources from the Diocese of Exeter, including ecumenical resources: https://mcusercontent.com/543e9623f7379d75d88235209/files/5d8b6330-cdb7-4254-af05-a8d0ef582177/Creationtide_edit.pdf

'A practical path to 'net zero carbon for our churches' has been published by the Cathedrals & Church Buildings Division of the CofE and can be found at https://www.churchofengland.org/resources/churchcare/net-zero-carbon-church/practical-path-net-zero-carbon-churches. Download the excellent Checklist to see what you can do to improve your church's performance: https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2021-01/PP2NZC_SelfGuidedChecklist_onscreen_version.pdf

Climate Stewards are delighted to announce that their new church carbon footprint calculator https://360carbon.org is now live. 360carbon is free to use and is designed to work for all church denominations. It will soon be linked from the Eco Church website so that churches are asked to use it to measure their carbon footprint as part of their qualification for an award.

Do consider signing up for next year's Christian Rural and Environmental Studies Certificate course 

BBC: Climate Check, the latest data behind our climate and weather at https://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/features/51879358

Home schooling? Look at these environmental resources produce by Eco Schools. Perhaps you could persuade your school to join up as an Eco School once things return to normal.

For News items from 2020 and earlier, go to the News Archive page

 

RECENT NEWS

Churches Count on Nature

For information about what happened in CCoN, look at the following:

SIGN ON FOR NET ZERO CARBON WEBINARS at https://www.churchofengland.org/more/policy-and-thinking/our-views/environment-and-climate-change/webinars-getting-net-zero-carbon 

WHAT IS THE SEASON OF CREATION?

The Season of Creation was the period in the annual church calendar, from 1st September to 4th October, dedicated to God as Creator and Sustainer of all life. With Harvest Festivals falling in this season, this is a time of the year to give thanks for God's good gifts of creation.

A time to lament the destruction we see happening round the world, and to reflect on what role we might play in creation care. This year we were invited to listen to the voice of creation, the voice of those who are suffering the impacts of climate change, the voice of people who hold generational wisdom about how to live gratefully within the limits of the land. Many churches chose to use this time of the year to hold special services and events to give thanks for God’s gift of creation, and to renew their commitment to caring for our one planet home. For details , see https://www.churchofengland.org/about/environment-and-climate-change/season-creation#na. To  see what was involved, download the Celebration Guide for 2022 and plan to join in next year.

See The Lord Mayor's Peace Lecture November 2020 given by Professor Sir David King on Climate Change.

View some of the excellent talks given at the online St Alban's Diocese regional Eco Church Conference, on Saturday 10th October at https://www.facebook.com/ecochurchcon/ 

Operation Noah reports that 'one of the Church of England’s three National Investing Bodies, which is managed by investment management company CCLA, has recently sold its last remaining shares in fossil fuel companies.' For further details and to see the Diocese of Coventry's role, visit https://brightnow.org.uk/news/church-of-england-fund-ccla-exits-fossil-fuel-investments/

Church of England sets 2030 Net Zero carbon target (12th February 2020): For details go to our page on Climate Change and our Carbon Footprint. The Church of England’s General Synod has set new targets for all parts of the church to work to become carbon ‘net zero’ by 2030. At its February 2020 meeting, members voted in favour of a revised date encouraging all parts of the Church of England to take action and ramp-up efforts to reduce emissions. 

Click here for the Church of England's new Net Zero Carbon target. For further details, go to Our Carbon Footprint 

Reports

Dr James Dyke: Why should we care about future generations? Essential YouTube viewing! How the way we live is like a glorified climatic Ponzi scheme at the expense of the grandchildren.

Other recent news items

Sir David Attenborough: A Life on our Planet. Click here for a trailer.

School strike for the Climate? Why is Greta Thunberg, a Swedish school girl on strike about Climate Change? See her TED talk.

Our DEG Resources page: do look at this as there is much useful information there for clergy, readers and laity alike. Perhaps even some ideas for birthday presents!

Archbishop Justin on Climate Change: a short YouTube film for Creationtide 2019 at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bovWrpqWcqY

Further from Archbishop Justin in India

"It is service I would like to talk about today – our responsibility of service to the environment, particularly in a rapidly changing world where remarkable technological advances are imminent. This responsibility is hardwired into the mission of the global Anglican Communion, into our understanding of God’s holistic mission – our Fifth Mark of Mission calls each of us to “strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth.” 

"...climate change is an issue of social justice. It disproportionately affects the poorest and most vulnerable around the world, often those who have done the least to contribute to change in the climate and yet have already started to bear the brunt of its devastating effects."

"Climate change is happening. As we approach the 15th anniversary of the Indian Ocean Tsunami, that caused such devastation across the ocean, including on the shores of India, it is becoming ever clearer that climate change is already having repercussions that seem almost biblical in scope. This is why the Anglican Consultative Council has declared that we are facing a climate emergency. Floods, storms, the mass movement of people – some forced by sudden disasters, others recognising, perhaps with prophetic insight, that their way of life is being eroded at a slower but no less devastating rate and making the heart-breaking decision to find a new home elsewhere. It seems that there is too much water and at the same time there is too little water for those who need fresh water for drinking and …Psalm 11 Verse 3 reads  ‘If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?’

The Centenary Tree Project: see the News Archive page

CREATIONTIDE RESOURCES: visit http://creationtide.com/  Also visit our Resources page.

GREEN ENERGY:  Thousands of churches have switched to Parish Buying. Has your church switched to a cheaper and 100% green energy supplier yet? Check out Parish Buying For news about The Big Energy Switch, click on our Get Involved page

If you found the 2020 #LiveLent booklets useful, why not reuse them next Lent or pass them on this Lent to someone who has not used them yet?

OTHER NEWS:

New Eco Church pages online Go to http://arocha.org.uk/new-eco-church-survey-online/ 

Save money! Is your church paying VAT at 20% for electricity and gas? You should be paying VAT at 5%; for details see http://fiec.org.uk/what-we-do/strand-blog/vat-on-gas-and-electricity

New Housing Developments: with a number of new developments springing up in the Diocese, let's make sure that these are built for the benefit of those who live there, both people and wildlife. Read the Wildlife Trusts' vision report.

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