Churn Churches Climate Action Group.

The purpose of the Churn Climate Change Action Group is to encourage conversation and action within the communities served by the Churn Benefice to reduce the impact of Climate Change.

There is no shortage of information on the rising global temperatures causing changes to our climate and the extreme events taking place across the Globe - storms, floods, fires, drought and wars. The CCCA is focusing upon this overall situation, and what can be done about it.

Glacier in the Andes 1884 and 2013

 

 

 

We approach this in the spirit of great optimism. What could be achieved by human ingenuity if given enough impetus? We can reverse human contribution to global warming. This requires a huge mobilisation of resource, joined-up government and personal commitment. We can minimise our carbon footprint, we can generate power from nature, we can store carbon in ‘life’. Perhaps Covid is our wake-up call!

Please get in touch with Roger Murphy (851244), Penny Brassell (850082) or George Curtis (850794) if you would like more details about the CCCA group or the  Eco Church scheme.

 

The National Eco Church Scheme

An accreditation scheme for churches who want to demonstrate that the Gospel is Good News for God's earth. The vision is for churches of all denominations to care for creation as an integral part of loving their neighbours and following God faithfully.

It is designed to equip churches to express our care for God's world through:

  • worship and teaching
  • looking after our buildings
  • looking after our land
  • engaging with our local communities and in global campaigns
  • encouraging reflection upon personal lifestyle choices.

The Churn Churches Climate Action group will support churches in the Churn Benefice who would like to work towards achieving the status of Eco Church. All expertise we gain under these five action areas could be made available, working with our village conservation groups, to members of our congregation for their homes, gardens and personal choices - ‘Eco Homes’.

More information is available from the Churn Benefice Centre Office (01235 850267) and from Penny Brassell, Maranda St John Nicolle, George Curtis, Jo Lakeland, Rev Louise Butler, Val Stevens, Mary Harrison and Roger Murphy and others in the Benefice.

If you or your church is interested in hearing more about this do please contact our CCCA group through any of the above-named.

 

Using the Eco Church Scheme

Eco Church is sponsored the international conservation group A ROCHA International  (The Rock), which is a Christian organization engaging communities in nature conservation. The scheme encourages nature conservation and monitors Church activity in the following areas:

  • Worship and teaching. Contact the Revd. Louise for more on this subject.
  • Management of church buildings. We believe that measures to make our church buildings Eco-friendlier may also be applicable to Eco-friendly homes. See the Oxfordshire Cosy Homes Scheme on how to get advice on this. The first step is for a Retrofit Assessor to come and assess your whole house to find out everything we need to know about your existing energy usage and the building itself. Contact Roger Murphy for further details.
  • Management of church land.  Again, it is thought that measures taken in churchyards and church owned land may be applicable to garden or land projects elsewhere. We are already in touch with HUGS in Hagbourne and Upton for their advice on matter such as Tree planting.
  • Community and global engagement. There is no shortage of information on the rising global temperatures causing changes to our climate and the extreme events taking place across the Globe - storms, floods, fires, drought. We hope to be able to point to a limited number of sources of information to give an overall picture. We may approach this in the spirit of optimism. What can be achieved by human ingenuity if given enough impetus? We could reverse human contribution to global warming. We can store carbon in ‘life’!

Click here for links to a Conversation between the Dalai lama and Greta Thornberg.

The Group hopes to highlight organisations that exert political pressure on governments so that resource is applied - see the Tear Fund Reboot campaign.

Contact George Curtis for more about community and global engagement.

  • Lifestyle. Where do we get the impetus for changes in our lifestyle? - A clear shared understanding of an imminent and present danger. Our human responsibility is to protect our planet but this impacts against our human rights as individuals to survive, prosper, enjoy the Creation and to multiply.

Possible ways to make a difference

  1. Individual choice: Cutting down on hot water, food choices, less travel. Colder homes, shallower baths, shorter showers, minimise food waste, buy local seasonal food, more vegetarian diets.
  2. Individual actions: Less waste, better building insolation, install solar power, heat pumps, electric cars, car sharing, plant trees.
  3. Political Pressure: Green planning regs, Green supply chain for food - less deforestation, less waste, better packaging, local; More wind farms, especially on high ground, solar power, import of solar power from warm countries, tidal power, nuclear power? Electricity storage, electric busses, trucks, trains, even perhaps aeroplanes? Mass tree planting. Invest in climate engineering to adsorb CO2.