The Green Group was set up by St Edmund’s in 2011 in response to the Diocesan initiative ‘Caring for God’s Earth’. The group aims to reduce the carbon footprint of St Edmund’s by taking initiatives in worship, at a practical level and by working in partnership with the local community.
Since it started the Green Group has used the Eco-congregation materials as a way of prioritising activities.
In July 2013, after much hard work by members, St Edmund’s was awarded Eco-congregation status.
Then considerable work followed and in 2016 the church gained the Bronze Eco Church Award. This was presented in March 2017.
The group meets about every 6 weeks and welcomes new members; if you would like to know more please do get in touch.
Activities have included:
- running a wildlife survey
- working more closely with the fabric and hall committees within the church
- working with clergy on Environment Sunday and Creation season services
- set up the Green resource library
- transport to church survey
- lobbied our M.P.Fabian Hamilton about climate change policy
- vigil for COP21 Paris Climate Conference
- lobbying about CofE investment policies
- mass lobby of MPs in London
- written questions to all candidates on climate change in advance of the election in 2015
- Garden party fundraising for Ecuador Rainforest and another for Greenbelt in Africa
Green Tips of the Month – Going shopping
- Make a list before you go food shopping to help avoid over impulse buying and buying food you will end up throwing away.
- Reduce your impact on the environment by buying second hand when you can. Ebay and charity shops are good sources of reused items.
- When you need to buy a large item research it carefully. Think about how long it could last, how much it costs to run, what it is made of, where it is made, can it be recycled at the end of its life. Better quality items often last longer and so cost you less over time.
- Tempted to buy on impulse when you are shopping? Get in the habit of coming back the next day or week when you have thought through if you really need to buy it.
If you would like to get in touch please complete and submit the form in Contact section: