Richard Pearce, Lymm United Reformed Church, is the Green Apostle for URC Mersey.
URC Mersey Synod Eco-Network
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. To this end, I have drafted a Mersey Synod Environmental Policy which has been presented to the Mission & Discipleship Committee and it is planned to table it at the next Synod Meeting in the Autumn. 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.
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.