Action is needed urgently to address the climate emergency, to restore and protect the environment, and to safeguard the future of life on earth. All Saints' is part of the Eco Church community whose churches are committed to care for God's world through their services and communications, through the way church buildings and land are managed, through engaging with the local community and in global campaigns, and through their own personal lifestyles.
Here are some of the ways that we're trying to get better at caring for God's world at All Saints', though we know there's a lot more that we need to do.
- Caring for God's world is a focus for prayers, talks and songs in church services
- 100% of the electricity All Saints' uses is green, from UK-based renewable sources
- We've calculated the church's carbon footprint and we're setting targets to improve energy efficiency
- All the lights in the main church building use LED bulbs
- The environment-friendly management plan for the churchyard will encourage more wildlife (plants, birds and animals)
- We encourage better lifestyles through the website and in articles in All Saints' monthly magazine 'in touch'
- We are pressing for action on climate change in the run-up to the COP26 conference in November 2021
How to get involved
- Keep up to date with what All Saints' is doing through our services, activities and What's on pages
- Look out for the Eco Church article every month in All Saints' magazine
- Take an interest in what's happening locally and globally on climate and environmental issues
- Email All Saints' Eco Church Group to let them know your thoughts and ideas
- Think about what you can do yourself to help care for God's world
10 ways that we can help
- Enjoy green spaces and wildlife, and take care of them in practical ways
- Walk or cycle to go to places near home
- Travel on buses and trains, and make fewer car journeys
- Use energy efficiently for heating, lighting and electrical items, making sure we don't waste it
- Switch to a green electricity/gas supplier
- Enjoy some vegetarian meals, and eat less meat and dairy food
- 3Rs: reduce how much we buy, re-use what we've finished with, and recycle what we can't re-use
- Try to buy things which are eco-friendly, ethically-produced and fairly-traded
- Support charities who care for the environment and campaign for climate action
- Download this 'What can I do?' guide for more good ideas on how to care for God's world
'Make COP26 Count'
In November 2021 the UK government will chair the United Nations' COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, which will be the most important climate event for years. All the countries will be asked to make big reductions in their carbon emissions, and it's vital for the world's future that they do. All Saints' is joining with other UK churches in a 'Make COP26 Count' programme which will increase the churches' own commitment to climate action, and tell politicians that we want a cleaner, greener, fairer future at the heart of what is agreed during COP26.