CoE Networks Share Ideas for Action on Climate

On the 18th of June, members of the Church of England’s environmental, rural, world development and world mission networks met to discuss our responses to climate change. The aim was to hear more about what was happening nationally and locally, and to share ideas for joint action.

The morning involved presentations from members of the Mission and Public Affairs team who have responsibility for national-level work on the environment, foreign affairs and development, and world mission, as well as from a rural officer, the co-director of the Anglican Alliance, and the Director of Mission and Public Affairs. The afternoon involved presentations from local initiatives and agencies.

It was encouraging to hear of the amount of activity that is going on at all levels of the church – and particularly to encounter innovative initiatives like the South West dioceses’ Eco Church South West programme and the North East region’s “Hope for the Future” campaign. Those who attended also found the gathering itself heartening: as one person said, “I found it very helpful. Symbolically, it was important to have all those voices represented in the morning session. It speaks of unity and shared vision. Practically, it was extremely helpful to know where everyone is on the issue. I came away feeling I had a good baseline from which to work.”

A small group of volunteers from the different networks aims to take forward some recommendations of the conference, including an email newsletter that can go out across the networks and a recommendation that each diocese hold a similar gathering for people involved in its own local networks.

To read a brief report of the meeting and its outcomes, click here.

Environment changes…

Changes to the Envrionment Advisor role for the Diocese of Oxford…

At the end of July 2014 Matt Freer will be leaving his role as Environment Advisor for the Diocese of Oxford.

Matt will be starting a new part-time role with the Quiet Garden Trust (www.quietgarden.org), as well as working freelance (www.mattfreer.info) and setting up a new venture, based on a small-holding in the Welsh borders, providing space for retreats, holidays and workshops (www.warmthandwonder.co.uk).

The environment post is under review, and in the meantime Alison Webster, the Social Responsibility Advisor, will be taking over as point of contact for environmental issues, and Rev Tim Stead (of Holy Trinity Church, Headington Quarry) will remain as Chair of the Earthing Faith network.

Energyshare – generating a renewable energy community

Energyshare is a new initiative to help people get together to save energy and generate their own energy. It has been launched with a £500,000 fund to help projects get started – and there is a further £3 million committed for future rounds of funding. Energyshare is looking to fund projects that aim to save or generate energy locally, and will benefit the local community.

Got an idea? Why not apply for funding for a new community based project that will save energy and/or generate energy? Visit energyshare.com for further information.

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