At the beginning of 2021, we set out on a journey to make choices as a church which will protect our world. That meant making some positive changes to the way we do things.
One of the Church of England’s marks of mission is to safeguard the integrity of creation and to sustain the life of the earth. In February 2020, the Church of England set new targets for all parts of the church to work to become carbon zero by 2030.
We want to play our part in that vision.
Eco Church is a scheme run by A Rocha UK to equip churches to care for God’s creation through worship, buildings, land, community engagement and individual lifestyles.
In January 2022 we achieved the Bronze Eco Church award and we are working towards the Silver.
What are we doing?
- We’ve upgraded around 90% of the lighting across our buildings to LED or low-energy with most on a sensor/timer to limit energy consumption. We’re working towards being 100% LED lighting in the next 12 months.
- Through our service provider, we have 100% zero waste to landfill and waste and recycling is kept in the UK and Northern Europe.
- We pray for environmental issues during prayer meetings and we use songs in our church services which enable us to celebrate God’s creation.
- Our Kids and Youth teams talk about caring for God’s earth with our young people.
- At Africa House we have a 100% renewable electricity supplier, we use Cup Neutral and our coffee is Fairtrade, locally & sustainably sourced. We use biodegradable or compostable containers for food serving.
- We encourage our staff team to travel to work at least once a week in a more environmentally friendly way, undertake a personal carbon footprint audit and join our monthly local litter pick.
How can I get involved?
Here are a few ways you can play a part in helping care for God’s planet.
- Become part of St Peter’s Eco Church team and help to lead the way in creating positive change. If you’re interested, please email our Eco Champion, Sandy Matthews.
- Pray for our earth, the environment, animals threatened with extinction, climate change.
- Complete a personal lifestyle audit and encourage your friends and family to do the same. We particularly recommend this one from the WWF footprint.wwf.org.uk
- Write to your local MP and councillor about changes that could be made locally.
- Opt to use public transport, lift-share, walk or cycle when you’re moving around the city.
- Organise a local litter pick or sign up to Brighton and Hove Council’s Tidy Up Team here: www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/jobs/volunteering/volunteer-tidy-team
- Prioritise ways of reducing waste at home and at work by recycling and composting. Remember that reducing waste is better for the environment than recycling so how can you buy less plastic?
We would also love to hear any of your suggestions, so do get in touch with your ideas.
Read more about the Church of England’s environmental commitment at www.churchofengland.org/about/environment-and-climate-change
Learn about the Eco Church awards with the charity A Rocha at ecochurch.arocha.org.uk
Read more about how the Church is involved in the protection of animals at www.aswa.org.uk