Parishes are invited to hold a net zero Sunday service between now and the 7th November.
Resources are available to help parishes to measure the carbon footprint of their service, including travel emissions, heating, lighting and electricity.
The Church of England’s General Synod has recently set new targets for all parts of the Church to work to become carbon ‘net zero’ by 2030.
With all eyes fixed on the COP26 conference in Glasgow, which is due to begin on 31 October, this is a timely opportunity to focus on what holding a net zero service might entail.
So why not try a net zero service? You’ll have to work out the carbon footprint for the congregation, including travel emissions, heating and lighting in church, electricity for the band and sound sysetm and whatever you use for refreshments.
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Co-Chair of the diocesan Environment Forum, the Revd Mike Loach, says: "For a congregation of around 70 in a typical, heated church building, with some travelling by car, the footprint will probably be in the region of one tonne C02. But parishes can find a more accurate figure by using a carbon calculator."
To find a more accurate figure for your church and to explore possible offsetting programmes, try one of the following event calculators:
The Revd Mike Loach says: "Let’s do all we can to support the international effort to protect the planet and uphold our duty to 'safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth' - something we all know as the 5th Mark of MIssion."
The Church of England has a whole host of resources to help churches become net zero.
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