St John's Environmental Committee

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St John's has an active Environmental Committee, , which is dedicated to informing and inspiring all of us to better look after for our precious planet, which God has committed to our care.  As a local Church, we aim to realise afresh our stewardship, and to take the practical steps necessary to increase our safeguarding of all created things, and prospering the life of our earth. 


    In our communal life together, we seek to bring the Kingdom values of integrity, compassion and understanding into play – through worship and teaching, together with a church Environmental Policy which undergirds our activities and values, and infiltrates every area of our life together. Click here to download it POLICY

    
 We have enlisted in the Arocha Eco Church programme, and are currently working towards our first award. This means that we have been looking at things like our church grounds use, to try and ensure that we encourage wildlife, insects etc. and enable them to flourish. We also want to be careful how we use energy, so that we use the earth`s resources more mindfully, and promote the principle of 'Enoughness' amongst our community. 


 We have several focuses on the environment in our worship throughout the year, including a popular Animal Blessing Service, which brings quite a lot of dogs!


 Our Committee is always keen to hear of new initiatives and ideas to share with others to combat CO2 emissions and help our community reduce its own carbon footprint, and protect the life around us. If you would like to contribute or join the Group please contact Sylvia Walker, Reader. If you are interested in studying the issue of the climate crisis in more detail please see the separate folder on the climate crisis and follow the various links.

  “The whole creation belongs to God. As human beings we are part of the whole and have a responsibility to love and care for what God has entrusted to us as temporary tenants of the planet. We are called to conserve its complex and fragile ecology, whilst recognising the need for responsible and sustainable development and the pursuit of social justice.”  (Diocesan Environmental Policy)
 
In the subfolders you can access a wealth of information to help you find out more.

 

Finally there is an active local freecycle group where you can donate unwanted items eg furniture to local residents. Click the link to find out more.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Freecycle_Ilkley/?yguid=279258051




 


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