With £400,000 already invested in a carbon footprint reduction programme, creation care was already a top priority for the Diocese at the start of the year. But we needed to do much more. So, when a motion to declare a climate emergency came to Diocesan Synod in March, there was overwhelming support.
We’ve set an ambitious goal of achieving net zero on carbon emissions by 2035. It’s tough, but if schools, churches, parishioners and families all work together, it’s achievable. In fact, we hope to do even better – to reach net zero by 2030 if we possibly can. It’s a giant leap forward, and an Environment Task Group, led by Bishop Olivia, is working to help churches plan action, prayer and advocacy at every level.
“It is our calling and our responsibility”
Averting the climate emergency
“It will be costly, but we must play our part in this,” says Bishop Olivia. “It is our calling and our responsibility. We face the facts and reality with gritty determination and stubborn optimism. We can do this if we choose to.”
Already, more than 10 per cent of our churches have completed energy audits, giving them the chance to become more energy efficient while saving money. Changing to a green energy supplier, like Parish Buying’s renewable tariff, is one way to do this. Installing a more efficient heating system if you need to replace your current one is another.
These are simple, effective things that every church should already be planning for. Overleaf you’ll find further steps you and your church can take to play a part in our effort to avert the climate crisis.
An electric vehicle charging point, and a switch to a renewable energy tariff, have been just two climate-friendly actions at Church House Oxford.
An energy audit in December 2018 resulted in immediate improvements to energy consumption. All of the Church House teams are reviewing their activities, and coming up with ideas for how we can be greener in our day-to-day work.
Read on for more on what the Diocese of Oxford has planned and discover 10 ways to go green.