Creation Celebration – 18.10.2019

An excellent and well attended service – Creation Celebration – was held last Friday. Some wonderful readings, poetry and hymns, followed by cakes from all around the world and a quiz on climate change. Please see below among other things, some photos and the order of service, plus ‘the top 10 tips on how to reduce your carbon footprint!’

Please click on links below to see some useful information about reducing you carbon footprint etc.!

Energy

Food

Money

Shopping

Transport

Soil

10 Top Tips to reduce your Carbon Footprint!

Further reading and useful links

Further reading and useful links

Books

Ruth Valerio:  ‘L’ is for Lifestyle. Christian living that doesn’t cost the earth

Seth Wynes: SOS. What you can do to reduce climate change

Courtney White: Grass, Soil, Hope 

C. Dowding & S. Hafferty: No Dig Organic Gardening

Links

https://cafod.org.uk/Campaign/Climate/Our-Common-Home

www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/takeaction/  (‘A lazy person’s guide to saving the world’ – United Nations Sustainable Development)

www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jan/19/how-to-reduce-carbon-footprint

www.energysavingtrust.org.uk

www.cat.org.uk  (Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth. Lots of practical information, courses, and a vision for Zero Carbon Britain)

www.foe.co.uk  (Friends of the Earth)

www.greenpeace.org

www.sustrans.org.uk  (charity promoting cycling, the national cycle network, and sustainable transport)

www.eta.co.uk (Environmental Transport Association, breakdown cover, insurance, etc.)

www.permaculture.co.uk 

www.soilassociation.org 

www.ethicalconsumer.org  (helps consumers to make ethical choices)

Carbon Footprint Calculators:

https://unfccc.int/climate-action/climateneutral-now

www.footprintnetwork.org (lots of global and country specific info, plus footprint calculator)

http://footprint.wwf.org.uk

www.carbon-calculator.org.uk

10 Top Tips to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

  1. Fly less. Take a train, bus or boat if possible.
  2. Reduce car usage. 5000 miles/year less will save over 1 Ton of CO2
  3. Eat less meat and dairy. 1/8 of all global greenhouse gas is from beef production.
  4. Try vegetarian cooking. The soya and quorn products in the supermarket make excellent substitutes for meat. There are a wealth of vegetarian recipes available in cookbooks, magazines and online.
  5. Avoid food waste. Try to only buy what you need and use up leftovers.
  6. Try to avoid out of season fresh produce flown in from overseas.
  7. Avoid packaging where possible when shopping. For example, buy loose fruit and veg.
  8. Take your own cup to the coffee shop and they will probably give you a discount.
  9. Switch to an energy supplier that invests in renewable energy. Get your house insulated. Switch appliances off rather than leaving them on standby.
  10. In the garden, make your own compost, grow perennials rather than annuals and reduce use of concrete or paving.

Soil

Soil is essential for life on earth:

95% of our food comes from soil

1/4 of all known species live within soil and one teaspoon of soil can hold more organisms than there are people on earth.

Soils hold more carbon (as organic matter) than our atmosphere and vegetation combined

Soil also stores and regulates water flow, and mitigates climate change and flooding

Largely due to intensive farming a quarter of all soil across the world is severely degraded. It contains fewer organisms, stores less carbon, and loses its ability to regulate water flow.

 With our imports of animal feed and food, UK farming and consumption also contributes to soil damage overseas

Careful farming practice could restore depleted soils to their full carbon storage and water regulating potential and thus significantly help fight climate change

Consider this when redesigning your garden:                            soil covered with non-permeable concrete or stone can’t absorb water or turn atmospheric CO2 into organic matter; though weeds will find a way eventually

DIG LESS! Ploughing and digging disrupts the soil structure, kills soil micro-organisms, and releases CO2 into the air. Growing perennials rather than annuals does not disturb the soil structure and shifts CO2 into the soil year after year

Only buy peat free compost and/or make your own:        peat bogs lock up vast amounts of carbon which is released when the peat is dug up and exposed to oxygen.

Immaculate lawns usually require the use of weed killers and fertilisers and are essentially a monoculture. A more relaxed view of green ground cover is beneficial for biodiversity above and below ground.

Grow your own and buy organic produce when in season

www.soilassociation.org/media/4673/living-soils-a-call-to-action-2015.pdf, Wikipedia: no-dig gardening, www.growveg.co.uk, www.deepgreenpermaculture.com, www.permaculture.org.uk, ‘No Dig Organic Gardening’ by C. Dowding & S. Hafferty

Transport

  CO2 emission from moving 1 passenger 1 mile: plane 210g, car 146g, ferry 137g,   train or coach 30-65g

45% of flights in Europe are less than 500km

A return flight London – New York adds 1.2t to a person’s carbon footprint

The global warming effect of long-haul flights is worse than short-haul due to their high altitude (‘radiative forcing’)

Electric cars are better than petrol or diesel cars in terms of CO2 emissions but require ‘conflict minerals’ in the manufacture of their batteries

Sources: www.tyndall.ac.uk, Wikipedia: environmental impact of aviation, www.eta.co.uk/environmental-info/air-travels-impact-on-climate-change/

Flying less has the biggest impact on your individual carbon footprint

Reducing car mileage from 15,000 to 10,000m per year saves over 1t of CO2

Share car journeys:  www.sheffield.ac.uk/parkingservices/sharing, https://www.blablacar.co.uk/ride-sharing/sheffield/, https://liftshare.com/uk/community/southyorkshire

Have a look at:  www.nextgreencar.com, www.ecopassenger.com, www.eta.co.uk, www.sustrans.org.uk

For European train travel: www.seat61.com, https://loco2.com/

Home delivery is climate friendlier than everyone driving to the supermarket

Reduce food-miles by buying locally produced food (see ‘shopping’ sheet)

Walk, cycle, and use public transport

Shopping

Everything we buy carries its own environmental footprint: natural and other resources (land, water, fertilisers, pesticides, fossil fuel, minerals, etc.), energy inputs, by-products during manufacture, packaging, transportation, use of the product, and ultimate disposal.

This linear process is very wasteful

As consumers we can help turn this into a circular process where nothing ends up wasted but is a resource for a new product. This way a huge amount of resources and energy could be saved.

Therefore

Buy less

Buy local, 2nd hand and recycled

Borrow & share, give away

Avoid unnecessary packaging

Fix, mend, reuse, repurpose, upcycle, recycle

Buy seasonal, local food and avoid out-of-season, fresh produce which has been flown in from overseas:

Sheffield veg-box schemes: Regather, Moss Valley Market Garden, Beanies Wholefoods, Sheffield Organic Growers, …

Visit the farmer’s market at the Scout Hut in Broomhill

Buy loose rather than prepacked and bring your own bag/container: Unwrapped (Crookes), most greengrocers, zerowastenear.me/loc/sheffield/

Bring your own cup and most coffee shops will give you       20 to 50 pence off your take-out coffee

Refill your water bottle at home rather than buying water bottles on the go

Recycle empty ball pens, felt pens, and printer cartridges at ‘Good Taste’ fairtrade shop in Broomhill

Repurpose old jeans: www.diyncrafts.com/repurpose (search for jeans)

New T-shirts from old ones: www.rapanuiclothing.com

Avoid cheap ‘Fast Fashion’: most of it ends up as waste as charity shops are often unable to re-sell it

Resources: www.wrap.org.uk/, www.terracycle.com/en-GB

Money

How you invest your money shapes the world

Apply your ethical beliefs to your investments even if it means smaller financial returns; social and environmental returns benefit the wider world

Divest from financial institutions which invest in fossil fuel extraction

Invest in banks, building societies, insurance companies, pension schemes, credit unions, and community projects which work for positive environmental and social change

Increase your impact by telling your old bank why you are moving your money

Examples

The Co-operative Bank

Ecology Building Society

Charity Bank

Triodos Bank

Some smaller Building Societies

Local credit unions

Community energy projects like: www.egni.coop.

www.abundanceinvestment.com

www.investing-ethically.co.uk

Ethex/Energise Africa

The Downing Crowd

Resources: www.ethical consumer.org

www.communityenergyengland.org

Food

A quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions come from food production

 58% of this from animal products      

Half of this from beef

Growing protein-rich plants needs much less land and resources and produces a fraction of greenhouse gases

Worldwide an estimated one third of food is lost or wasted; much of it before it reaches the shops as it doesn’t have the right shape or colour

Food waste costs the UK around £17 billion a year (£470 to an average household)

www.cat.org.uk, www.bbc.co.uk/science-environment-46459714, www.bbc.co.uk/science-environment-46384067

Eat less meat:

especially beef and lamb

Reduce the size of meat portions; use it more as flavouring than the main component of a meal

Eat less dairy, especially hard cheese

Try vegetarian recipes: Beans, nuts, pulses, tofu are rich in protein

Avoid food waste:

Include wonky fruit and veg when you go shopping.

Many foods can be safely used after the best before date

Turn left-overs into a tasty meal: stir-fries, omelettes, casseroles, bakes, tartes, salads, soups …

Leafy tops of carrots, beetroot, radish are good in soups

Favour local, seasonal, and organic food:                       see ‘shopping’ sheet

https://thefoodworks.org/ (this is in Sheffield), www.cat.org.uk/lauras-larder,www.aberfoodsurplus.co.uk,  Michael Pollan: Food Rules

Energy

In 2017, carbon dioxide emissions from power stations accounted for about a fifth of all CO2 emissions in the UK

Electricity consumption peaked in 2005 and has slightly reduced since then

The increase in renewable electricity production in the UK has facilitated the closure of two coal power stations in recent years

Electricity accounts for 16% of carbon emissions of the average UK household

Sources: Dept. for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, 2017 UK GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS, PROVISIONAL FIGURES (29 March 2018), www.carboncalculator.co.uk/averages.php

Switch to a renewable energy supplier, preferably one that also invests in new renewable capacity

e.g. Ecotricity, Good Energy, Octopus Energy, Bulb, LoCO2

www.cable.co.uk/energy/guides/green-energy/, www.ethicalconsumer.org/energy

Invest in community energy schemes

www.communityenergyengland.org

Crowd funding platforms like Triodos, Abundance, etc.

At home

Switch appliances off rather than leaving them on standby,

LED bulbs use less electricity than Halogen bulbs,

Use a washing line rather than a tumble drier,

Check energy ratings when buying a new appliance,

Turn off the dishwasher at the beginning of the drying cycle and open its door instead.

www.cse.org.uk, www.carbonfootprint.com/energyconsumption.html

Justice and Peace Minutes – Minutes of meeting 03.07.2019

Present Sian (chair), Eva, Stephen, Tim, Susanne. Sarah B (minutes)

Apologies Sarah L, Margaret

Matters arising from previous minutes

Very positive feedback about the Lenten reflections – although some would appreciate a larger and more distinct font.

May Day Trek – poorly attended by the parish.

S2 Food Bank – we have received a certificate of thanks for our contributions.

Diocesan Environmental Policy

Unfortunately this was received by us at rather short notice. It seems unclear whether the policy will remain in this rather confused format, or will be edited before being launched. What form will the launch take? There were some comments on the scope of the policy –Individual comments to be sent to Eva a.s.a.p.

Creation Service

It was agreed that this would be a service (as opposed to a Mass) – at 7.30 on Friday 18th October. The format will be readings, prayers and music (suggestions from the Cafod booklet), to last about 30 minutes and to be followed by cake etc, coffee/tea. On each table there will be a copy of the Quiz and “10  practical things to do to make a change”. To help estimate numbers for catering purposes, tickets will be sold at £2.00 – proceeds to fund a ?bird box/bee hotel or similar in church garden. People will also be asked to sign a petition to the Prime Minister.

Eva will liaise with Richard re the involvement of the music and the youth groups  – and find a date in August for a meeting with him, others interested and any of J&P group who can attend- principally to structure the service, plus other arrangements.

Eva will also circulate to us likely overseas cake recipes to practice.

Stephen will liaise with Fr Kevin;  will add information to the newsletter e.g.tickets, cake, nearer the time.

Susanne and Stephen will produce the “10 things to do”.

Susanne will produce the tickets.

Tim will edit down the Quiz.

Sarah will contact Anne Shepherd re advertising the event to the Hallam council of Churches, and will gather signatures for the Cafod petition.

Meeting to finalise arrangements – Wednesday 16th October.

A.O.B.

Panto Tim has offered to help with the script.