23 February 2012
Christian environmental organisations
A Rocha UK
13 Avenue Road, Southall, Middlesex, UB1 3BL
Tel: 0208 574 5935
Christian international conservation organisation campaigning and working practically to care for God's creation. They have developed an initiative entitled "Living Lightly" that aims to encourage individuals to make practical day to day changes that can make a real difference to the environment. A Rocha is also a major player in the carbon offsetting scheme Climate Stewards and their Partner Churches Programme offers churches the opportunity to become active in caring for God’s world in their local area for more information see the Taking Action section below.
Christian Ecology Link
10 Beech Hall Road, Highams Park London E4 9NX Tel: 0845 4598460
CEL believe that we are all responsible for our impact on God’s creation as a whole. They help members to understand and relate these responsibilities to their faith. Members can then encourage others in their local church to think seriously about these issues. ChurchLink is a free scheme to provide churches and communities with information and resources about Christian Ecology events and issues. Churches who join ChurchLink receive a two sided A4 leaflet/poster to display at their church once a year and they can become involved with the activities of local Christian Ecology groups. CEL promotes a modular training programme called Ecocell that aims to show participants ways of living a more sustainable life for more information see the Taking Action section below.
This is an ecumenical project helping churches make the link between environmental issues and the Christian faith, with the aim of encouraging them to take practical action in the church, in the lives of individuals and in the local and global community.
For more information contact: email@example.com
For details of local events or to apply for an eco-congregation award have a look at the following national website's or contact the following national offices:
In England and Wales:
Groundworks Sheffield, Innovation Centre, 217 Portobello, Sheffield, S1 4DP
Tel: 0114 263 6421
Eco-Congregation Scotland, Church of Scotland, 121 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 4YN
Tel: 0131 240 2274
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or use the contact us form on the website www.ecocongregationscotland.org/contact-details/
The John Ray Initiative
The John Ray Initiative (JRI) is an educational charity with a vision to bring together scientific and Christian understandings of the environment in a way that can be widely communicated and lead to effective action. It was formed in 1997 in recognition of the urgent need to respond to the global environmental crisis and the challenges of sustainable development and environmental stewardship. John Ray was a visionary seventeenth century scientist and Christian. Offers a range of resources, including briefings, Bible studies, and other materials.
The Religious Education and Environment Programme (REEP)
An organisation which encourages dialogue between the faiths and specialises in providing unusual and thought provoking resources for teachers and learners promoting the links between religions and the environment.
The Society, Religion and Technology Project Society
121 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4YN
Tel: 0131 240 2250
Email: email@example.com Website: www.srtp.org.uk
The Society, Religion and Technology Project (SRT for short) was set up by The church of Scotland in 1970 to examine some of the vital issues in the intersection between science, religion and technology. It aims to bring professional expertise to providing informed and penetrating comment for technologists, educators, media, the Church, the public - in fact anyone with an interest in how technology is affecting our lives, and the issues it raises.
- Get resources for your church from Tearfund. www.tearfund.org/en/resources/for_churches/
- Take action on climate change by joining Operation Noah at www.operationnoah.org/
- Plan to mark World Environment Sunday in your church. Resources are available from A Rocha: www.arocha.org for more information.
- Get information on undertaking a green audit in your church and becoming an Eco-Congregation at www.ecocongregation.org
- Join with others and commit to Living Lightly www.arochalivinglightly.org.uk
- A simpler, greener lifestyle commitment from A Rocha UK which offers a renewed vision of the world and alternative way of living. It describes itself as 'not a long list of "dos" and "don'ts", but a journey of discovery, seeking to live with delight and gentleness in God's World'.
- Use the ecocell toolkit with your small group. www.christian-ecology.org.uk/ecocells.htm