Caring for our Common Home

– Taken from An Action Plan for Christians in Cumbria (but relevant to all)


There are various ways in which we can make a difference and care for our Earth:

PRAY:

* Include environmental issues and care for creation as a regular part of your prayers

* Go for a ‘prayer walk’around your local community and into some nearby beautiful place

* Take time to enjoy and appreciate the wonder of creation

BE BETTER INFORMED

* Sign up to receive newsletters/bulletins/briefings from organisations that engage with environmentat issues, such as Christian Aid, A Rocha, WWF etc

* Sign up to Cumbria Action for Sustainability

MAKE LIFESTYLE CHANGES

* Think about what you eat: try to eat more local and seasonal food, eat less meat, use leftovers and cut down on food waste

* Prepare meals from scratch instead of using ready meals

* Teach children how to cook

* Grow some of your own food

* Buy less stuff, such as clothese, electrical goods, household items. Purchase new only when necessary

* Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and make good use of freecycle schemes for exchanging unwanted goods

* Remember to take a basket or bag when you go shopping

REDUCE ENERGY USE IN THE HOME

* Change to low energy lighting

* Turn off lights in empty rooms

* Switch off appliances when not in use and avoid leaving them on standby

* Improve thermal insulation, with lined curtains, draught excluders and secondary double glazing. Draw the curtains in the evening during colder months

* Turn the heating thermostat down a degree or two and wear a jumper

* Purchase electricity from a 100% renewables supplier

* Consider installing solar panels to generate electricity

REDUCE YOUR TRAVEL CARBON FOOTPRINT

* Walk, cycle or take public transport rather than hopping in the car

* If you have to use the car, can you car-share?

* When buying a car, opt for a fuel-efficient model

* Drive in a more environmentally friendly manner – stick to the speed limit and be a smoother driver with less aggressive acceleration and braking

* Travel less – is that meeting/visit/shopping trip essential? Combine several tasks in one trip

* Reduce or eliminate air travel. Take holidays in the UK or explore Europe by train

MAKE SPACE FOR NATURE

* Create a ‘wild space’ in your garden. Provide acces for wild creatures such as hedgehogs

* Cultivate butterfly-friendly and pollinator-friendly flowers

* Support local conservation bodies

PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR BELIEF IS

* Think about how you spend your money. Do you really need that new item? Can you choose a greener version? Can you borrow or share, instead of buying?

* Find out about ‘green’ and/or ethical savings and investments

* If possible, move funds out of fossil fuel investments

* Find out where your pension fund invests. How green are its credentials?

INFLUENCE OTHERS AND CAMPAIGN FOR A BETTER WORLD

* Participate in our Eco-Group and Eco-Events

Eco-Church Home Page