Richard Pearce, Lymm United Reformed Church, is the Green Apostle for URC Mersey.
“I believe that caring for God’s creation is central to our mission as Christians and so I am passionate about encouraging people and organisations to meet the urgent challenges of climate change and justice. Many Christian bodies throughout the world have declared climate emergencies and an Environmental Policy was adopted by the United Reformed Church at the General Assembly in 2016. We now need to convert our intentions into action.
“I see my role as a Green Apostle as providing information, advice and support to URC Mersey and individual churches to help them to rise to the climate action challenge."
In particular, this will include:
- developing and gaining approval for an Environmental Policy for the URC Mersey
- working towards becoming a registered ‘Eco-Synod’ through A Rocha*;
- encouraging and helping individual churches to gain ‘Eco-Church’ status through A Rocha;
- encouraging churches to support the Climate Sunday initiative on 6 September, which is being organised by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland;
- celebrating success and progress as we achieve results;
- encouraging URC churches to engage with other local church denominations, and their wider communities, on climate action.
Richard Pearce has a degree in chemical engineering and worked in industry before moving into management consultancy, subsequently specialising in the environmental and energy sectors. He has been involved in environmental issues for over 30 years, during which he has undertaken a wide variety of projects associated with climate change and reducing carbon emissions in the domestic, industrial and transport sectors. Since retirement, he has volunteered as a board member of several not-for- profit organisations and is a founding director of Lymm Community Energy.
A Rocha UK: https://arocha.org.uk