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Keeping Your Home Energy Use at Bay While Working from Home

A great article from my colleague Jemima Parker, Diocesan Environment Officer, Diocese of Leeds, March 2020

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96 Solar Panel Church-fancy a piece of the action?!

All Saints Church Highertown, in Truro will be getting a big rebuild in the new year, as explained here by Priest-in-charge Rev Jeremy Putnam, when he was interviewed recently by Mel Osborne at BBC Radio Cornwall. Alongside so many other important parts of this building there has been a huge amount of energy and effort to go into making sure this will be an ECO Flagship Church. It will have 96 solar panels, rain water harvesting, ground source heat pumps and so much more. The plans allow the Church to be even off grid for 5 days! Now that is resilience planning.

If you’d like to know more about the project, take a look here

If you’d like to help nail that last £1/4m funding, you can donate direct here

Even better why not buy one of these gifts to help fundraise, £20 will get you invited to the opening event and dinner!

You can buy your ticket here online 

See you there? I can’t wait!

What can you do for the children in your life?

It’s quite easy, but its also wrapped up here in less than 5 minutes.

BBC Radio Cornwall Interview 17th November ahead of the Songs For Earth Environment Service

10 pledges Artwork or do them online here

There Are Some Fantastic Politicians Too

Good morning. I’d like to say there are some fantastic politicians too and they have been clearly asking for us to cut our emissions for a long time.
Why wait for policy and law?
Why not make a start? The 10 pledges get you doing that. THEY ARE FOR HOME AND WORK If at work or at home you are buying electricity from fossil fuels then I’m afraid to say you are the live problem and you need to address it please. We can help for free.
The policiticans I can name easily, without spending time here (meaning there are more, and why waste time arguing about something else they have done? They all say cut emissions, invite YOURS to cut emissions too, that is all), they are 👉Lord Krebs (Lord John Krebs has warned that the world will be “charging” towards climate change unless it 🕵️‍♂️cuts carbon emissions and prepares to “adapt” to future changes), 👉Lord Whitty (The gracious Speech included precisely six words on climate change. The Minister had a few more this morning, but not many. Yet this is the biggest challenge facing us and, as the committee of the noble Lord, Lord Deben, has reminded us, we will not be on course for the next two periods of 🕵️‍♂️carbon budget. We have a lot to do. There are potentially things in this legislative programme that will help, but by no means enough.), 👉Lord Gardiner (The Defra Minister Lord Gardiner, wrote in the government’s National Adaptation Programme, that: “while we continue to play a leading role in international efforts to keep global temperature rises well below 2°C… our resilience will only be robust if we prepare for worse climate change scenarios.”)and 👉Lord Deben, “The benefits of action to 🕵️‍♂️reduce emissions are clear: cleaner air, healthier diets, new industries and jobs. The UK must drive forward policies without delay”
Don’t even get me started on 👉Lady Kate Parminter, I simply don’t have the time or space to talk about how BRILLIANT she is in this work.
👌Help them.
👌Support them.
👌Notice what they say, what can you do to help?
At least look at Pledge 4 when you read what they say, so you can write your hand-written letter. Then you are ready for a well earned weekend.

Songs For Earth

My favourite top!

What?! This is a climate blog?

Tamsin Spargo has done a great job with the Green Church Awards and reached Gold a couple of years ago. One of the criteria led to an event where I bought my favourite TOP! She wrote this brilliant article in the local newsletter recently and it inspired me to get up and do more, so I hope it inspires you too.

If you want to meet Tamsin, or have a chat with your Diocesan Environment Officer (Truro Diocese), this event is open to all, not just church folk, then come along to her next event (one of the Green Church Awards criteria), Winter Warmer Clothes Swap Soirée at St Andrew’s, Redruth 7-9pm  November 16th

Tamsin writes: Fashion fun that doesn’t cost the earth in St Andrew’s Redruth crypt (opposite the library). Bring up to three items of adult clothing (in good condition please) to swap for a £2 donation each to our Green Church Kernow re-wilding project. We’ll have drinks and nibbles, a chance to meet friends and make new ones, and a raffle for pamper prizes! Doors open at 7 pm and you can come along any time before 9 pm. You just give your items to someone wearing a green ribbon, collect a button per item then browse and pay £2 plus a button for anything you find. 😀


Season of Creation 1st September to 4th October

  • It is a time that encompasses many harvest festivals in our region and ends with the feast of St Francis of Assisi.
  • As Christians, we acknowledge that the environment is our common home, and we need to tread more gently on the earth and care for our shared planet.
  • This is a special time for us to recall our relationship with the Earth and the Holy.
  • “Celebrating the Season of Creation marks a shift in the Christian understanding of our relationship to creationunder God.
  • The consequences of teaching over recent centuries that humanity has been given domination over creation are clear in the complex environmental crisis we now face.
  • The Season of Creationtide is a time for Christians throughout the world to pray, reflect, and acton issues related to the care of all of Creation, the environment and the world in which we live.”

    — The Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury and the Church of England’s lead bishop on the environment.

💚Eco Church South West are running a series of daily reflections during the Season of Creation, please sign up here Reflections mailing list
💚10 things to do now, without delay, click here