UK Heatwave sees Churches offer a place to cool down

The recent extreme heat reminded us again how unprepared the UK is to manage the significant periods of temperature extremes – both hot and cold – with many businesses and schools closing, emergency services overwhelmed, and transport providers warning travellers to stay home.

However, around the UK, churches with thick stone walls and high rooves, remained cooler, so had their doors open, inviting all to seek respite from the heat.

https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2022/22-july/news/uk/churches-offer-cool-sanctuary-in-heatwave-britain

 

General Synod endorses plans to help the Church reach net zero carbon by 2030

The Church of England’s General Synod has endorsed detailed plans to help the Church reach net zero carbon by 2030. The Route map to Net Zero Carbo by 2030 encourages cathedrals, churches, schools, and theological education institutions to make changes to their day-to-day activities to reduce carbon emissions.

The Routemap was drawn up by members of the Environment Working Group and includes explanations of simple changes which can be made, such as fixing basic insulation gaps or switching lightbulbs.

The Bishop of Norwich, Graham Usher, the Church of England’s lead Bishop for the Environment, said: “The 2030 target is hugely ambitious, but the process is as important as the target. This work is central to our story with God and creation, central to our story about God and creation. And I see it as a key part of our obedience to God’s call to be stewards of creation.”

You can read more on the Net zero carbon Routemap here:

https://www.churchofengland.org/about/environment-and-climate-change/net-zero-carbon-routemap

 

SAVE THE DATE:

Sustainability Festival: 24/25 September. St Mary's Parish Hall & St Mary with St Alban Church

Over the weekend of 24 & 25 September we will be hosting our first ever Sustainability Festival across the Teddington Parish. The theme of the festival will be Living Your Sustainable Life and you can expect a line-up of informative speakers, practical discussion, exciting demonstrations and a range of local vendors and artists for all of the family to enjoy. The weekend will also include the Harvest Festival at St Mary with St Alban Church.

We will be sharing more details in the coming weeks, including how to buy your tickets, but be sure to note the date in your diaries now.

 

Below you can find Teddington Parish's Sustainability Action Group's latest Green Feeds as well as some useful resources.

Read previous Green Feeds here.

Resources