URC Mersey Synod Eco Network
Richard Pearce is URC Mersey's Green Apostle. He explains...
I see this role as providing information, advice and support to the Synod and individual churches to help them to care for God’s creation and to rise to the climate action challenge.
Key challenges include making significant reductions in our carbon footprint, minimising waste, improving resource efficiency & recycling and protecting biodiversity. It is a big agenda and I cannot do all of this on my own. So, I am aiming to identify an ‘eco’ or ‘green’ network of like-minded individuals to enable us to work together as a team. The specific terms of reference for this team needs to be drawn-up and agreed but it is likely to cover activities such as:
- introducing regular topics in our worship and teaching relating to caring for God’s creation and the environment, drawing on materials and resources which are available from a variety of organisations and other churches
- encouraging and helping individual churches to gain ‘Eco-Church’ status through A Rocha: https://arocha.org.uk
- helping with spreading key messages through newsletters, social media, press releases, events and promotional materials
- sharing difficulties, successes and progress
- encouraging churches to engage with other local church denominations, and their wider communities, on climate action.