‘The Earth is what we all have in common….’
Wendell Berry April 2018
Sustainability and theology
Caring for the whole of creation is core to the Christian faith and needs to be taken seriously as work which concerns the physical and spiritual wellbeing of all people. We are all now aware of the damage that human activity has done to the planet, most acutely in the 20/21st century. David Attenborough has shown us the horrors of the oceans being clogged with plastic and in this country poor air quality has been linked to mortality. Ever extreme weather has resulted in devastating flooding, whilst energy prices continue to rise and the media is swamped with warnings on increases in global temperatures, extinctions, crop failures and deadly droughts. God’s extraordinarily beautiful creation, planet Earth, is in crisis and we have a Christian responsibility to do all we can to change this by acting decisively and bravely’.
Statement Gloucester Diocesan Advisory Council 2020
In February 2020, Gloucester Diocesan Synod declared a climate emergency and agreed to bring forward dates of reducing 80% of carbon emissions to 2030.
St Marys’ Church is part of a scheme called Ecochurch initiated by A Rocha UK, which aims to equip churches to care for God’s creation through their ….
- Use of buildings
- Use of land
- Engagement with the community
- Individual lifestyles
The scheme challenges us all to think about our stewardship role and to seek to find many ways to make improvements not only in appreciating and understanding of creation but in actively protecting it for years to come. The work for this is the responsibility of the whole PCC, the congregation and far beyond. We are already close to our Bronze award in what we have tackled so far.
Here is the next tip of the month from Greening Tetbury which is all about sorting your tyre pressures as we come out of lockdown. Being safe , saving fuel and reducing the tyre contact area with the road surface and therefore decreasing particulate air pollution [plastic and rubber].
Week Three: Birds Have a look and see if you can see any birds from your window. Perhaps on a bird feeder or flying over. If you can, stay and watch for a while. If you can’t see any feel free to use the picture at the top of this sheet, or look for a…
Week Two: Flowers If you have flowers outside your window where you can see them, stand or sit and simply look. Maybe you have a bunch of flowers indoors but if there are not any where you can see them, feel free to use the picture at the top of this sheet, or find a…
Introduction At the moment, because of growing awareness of the climate crisis and biodiversity loss society is becoming much more aware of and focused on the natural world. For many people this has included getting outside more, and this is a good thing, but not everyone is able to get outside easily or even at…
Week One: Trees If you have a tree outside your window where you can see it, stand or sit and simply look. If there is not one where you can see it, feel free to use the picture at the top of this sheet – it is a beautiful sycamore tree at Montacute House –…