💚On the current environment: caution, reminders and resources.

💚On the current environment: caution, reminders and resources.

2020 was going be the big one, Lambeth 2020, COP26 & the Environment Bill all set to fly 1/1/21 – the first two postponed and the third will now be different. It will all be different. However, people are finding new roles & being so kind.
How we talk about Climate and Nature now (regarding drops in emissions etc) is important, there are many discussions about treading carefully, for a number of reasons, so I think gently drawing on our policy of 2016 and sustaining people’s current activities is important. I have been subtly reminding pledge 2 is built to enable people to be resilient to emergencies (where is my vitamin c in a crisis? Or where are my local sources if I can’t grow it?) as well as cutting emissions (as many of you know)! I just really hope, people who are buying from local suppliers will be able to carry on afterwards, to maintain this connection with resilience. Here in Truro the local market has taken to doing free deliveries, with free sweets to cheer folk up. It would be good to hear your thoughts.
Items I refer to – just some of the points being discussed by IPCC author François Gemenne that Chris Stark Chief Exec for the Committee on Climate change invites us to be cautionary about;
  1. insensitive to the ordeal many families are living through right now
  2. these temporary effects will probably be insignificant
  3. emissions always tend to bounce back after a crisis, it needs a steady and regular drop, not a ‘blank’ year
  4. Governments are announcing plans to revive fossil industries and are challenging climate change measures in the name of economic recovery
  5. some warn against saying “the epidemic is a rehearsal for climate change.” It’s dangerous: this crisis and climate change do have a lot of common, but they are fundamentally different
  6. climate change is not a “crisis”: it is an irreversible transformation. There will be no going back to normal, no vaccine
So, to sum up, please consider being ready from Easter Sunday to talk about new beginnings, staying healthy and boosting immunity by eating local seasonal produce twice a week where possible (P2), perhaps asking people where they are getting it from? Connecting with those suppliers, praying for them. Praying for the people to have courage and consider growing a little at home, perhaps a window box or potato bag on their doorstep. Perhaps talking about your own experience?
Pledge 3 helps people understand the bigger, long term picture of similar things, in their own spaces. As you have heard me say, I have long seen the Church as the right place to prompt this, with open arms and a hand to hold. Please encourage people after Easter, during this down time to find ways to explore Pledge 3 that suit you. Again, Chris Stark has said upon COP26 being postponed, “we have a window to understand the implications of the COVID19 crisis and reboot UK climate diplomacy in its wake”. We can all be helpful in this. We have learnt we do not need to wait for Government to tell us, we must help, they do keep asking us all to help, and we can be the place.
Our Environment Policy states we are aware that the life systems of the earth are suffering serious damage as a result of human activity; so perhaps we can try and stay in the habit of thinking about our footprint?

Until you measure your own footprint, you’ll never understand, its not about the quantity at first, its about understanding it (P6).

Perhaps a revisit to the policy, will help people to think how they might continue to work through our plan; the 10 pledges for individuals, the Green Church Awards for Churches. This is also great preparation for the 2030 target that will be talked about later this year.
I have created a YouTube channel, where you might find content for services/meetings/planning, labelled according to pledges and awards. This importantly is also usable for people who do not have a camera on their system. This allows you to frame it according to how you feel. I can also send you films if you wish to mix them in your services  You might wish to subscribe and you’ll get a notification when I upload service material (I have more to add). Plus we also have this as a great JOYFUL introduction to the 10 pledges things people can do from home, guided by your experience of them is comforting and leads to success.
The yellow flyer has everything on here 10 Pledges & Green Church Awards.
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Thank you.
Luci Isaacson MSc FRGS
Diocesan Environment Officer, Diocese of Truro