Our Eco-Church Group has produced a Lent Eco-Challenge for anyone who would like to join in.
This Lent why not take our eco-challenge? Below are some ideas to help make your lifestyle greener and shrink your carbon footprint. Try one or more of the challenges during Lent and see how you get on.
- Go vegetarian or vegan.
- Reduce plastic waste. Avoid buying plastic wrapped food or food in plastic cartons. Reduce plastic use in the bathroom.
- Reduce food waste. Use all the food you buy before it turns bad. Cook through the food in your freezer and pantry. Cook from scratch.
- Reduce domestic power consumption by 10% or more. Consider only ironing items that are absolutely necessary, spend less time in the shower, turn your thermostat down a degree, turn the kettle off as soon as it boils. Take meter readings from today and compare average use before and during Lent.
- De-clutter your house. Fill at least one bag a week and take it to the charity shop or recycle in some way.
- Try the 100mile diet. For Lent, source only ingredients that come from within a 100mile radius of your home.
- Try a digital detox. Set strict limits for use of your mobile phone and other personal electronic devices, e.g. designate certain time slots for checking emails and social media.
At the end of Lent we would love your feedback.
- What was easy?
- What was challenging?
- How did you achieve your goal(s)?
- How can we use our experience to help others?
Bronze Award Winner 2019
Becoming an Eco Church has been an aim of The Church at Carrs Lane for some time. We have worked hard over the past year to improve our performance with recycling activities and caring for God’s earth in different areas of our life and work.
- Worship and teaching
- Management of church buildings
- Management of church land
- Community and global engagement
… and the good news is that The Church at Carrs Lane has been awarded the Bronze Award. We are now entitled to display the bronze award on our publicity materials.
A Rocha UK “provide free, Eco Church resources to give lots of support and advice about how to make the changes your church needs to become an Eco Church. There are three levels of Award – Bronze, Silver and Gold. In order to qualify for an Award you must attain the required standard in each of the areas covered by the Eco Survey that apply to your church (some churches do not have buildings or land). You can see when you have gained sufficient points in each Eco Survey category by looking at the points gauges that appear on screen with the Eco Survey questions. The gauges will change colour as your points accumulate to reflect the level of Award you have achieved.”
Come and join us for coffee and a chat on Friday mornings between 10.30 am and 12 noon.
You will be very welcome!