Justice and Peace Minutes – Minutes of meeting 29.07.2020

Present : Eva, Stephen, Sarah B, Sarah L, Sian, Tim

Apologies : Margaret, Susanne

The key issue for discussion was how as a parish we can support the food bank and how we support CAFOD. There is also the question of how we disseminate info to the parish about issues to do with the charities we support.

CAFOD will lose maybe £5000 of fundraising from St Francis’ through the Dance Club not happening and also the panto which looks inevitably to be cancelled. Food banks are also experiencing high demand, demand that will only increase.

Eva has spoken to Alan who said he could adapt the church’s website to ensure we could have info such as about how to support CAFOD on the front page. Vurch would be another way, to have announcements after Vurch. Eva has also spoken to Mike Campbell who confirmed the church is closed and so donations to the food bank would be difficult.

Sarah B talked about the food banks of Sheffield. All had a poor start during lockdown but since then things have improved quite a lot. Currently none of the food banks are really struggling but S2 have said they would still like donations of food and of cash. S2 are doing 100 parcels a week from the door (no deliveries). Sarah suggests at this time just ensuring there is info about food banks on the website. Currently what is there is quite a general list of what donations are suggested; she would suggest the current needs are on FaceBook so people could check there. Also, there is no suggestion as to how we could give money directly, that might be useful. Things are likely to deteriorate in the future, certainly when furlough ends, but at the moment they’re not so bad. It was agreed the best thing might be to have info on the website as to how to donate but also could give info about how to drop off food in case anyone wanted to do that.

Eva agreed that it would be good to put info on website as to how to give or drop off, but maybe take the list off but refer to FB as to where to find most up to date needs. She could also Alan to change website to show how to make donations, which may be easier given our distance from the food bank.

Sarah L mentioned that of course donations can also be made by dropping off at your local supermarket when shopping.

All agree need is only going to increase so keeping people alert to that would be important.

CAFOD

Stephen : on the CAFOD website there are focuses on Syria, the DRC, and the Rohinga camps where Covid is running riot. For now until we can come up with any fundraising, we could put something on the front of the website, pointing out that CAFOD are desperate, St Francis normally very generous. People could be reminded of all the money they’ve saved on not commuting, buying lunches, holidaying, shopping, not going out. It could also be raised at the notices section at Vurch – Stephen agreed to do that.

There was a discussion about what fundraising might be possible. Sian wondered if we could do equivalent of the May Day walk, ask for virtual sponsorship. Eva felt best thing immediately was to get people to donate. We could then look at how could help make up shortfall going forward. Panto people could look at online performances [need to enquire of them]. Could look at virtual summer fair, a virtual quiz via Zoom, a virtual dream auction [although there are some restrictions on what could be offered due to social distancing], a wine and cheese evening where bring your own but pay, a sponsored virtual walk [six in a walk].

The issue was raised about how to contact those who aren’t coming to Vurch given our lack of contact details. Eva pointed out this is the responsibility of the Parish Council. In the current situation the only way to communicate is email. We believe the PC to be looking at this in relation to letting people know about mass arrangements when the church can reopen.

Sarah L commented that we can begin now but we need the circulation list to be bigger before we get any events up and going. If we meet in Sept/Oct when we have a bigger contact list we could discuss what else we might be able to do.

Eva mentioned that Fr Kevin is worried about the lack of support for other charities we ordinarily support. Again, the problem is how to make that known to people which takes us back to the website as the only option at the moment.

We agree that our initial focus is on getting something on the front page of the website about CAFOD and the food bank.  – I don’t think we agreed who would take this forward, was it Eva and Stephen (like everything else!)?

Talk to Nick Neale and/or Fr Kevin about need to have a way of communicating with the parish.

Tim mentioned that Nick Neale and others were to be delivering leaflets to parishioners who don’t go to Vurch or have email addresses, we could use that as a communication method. Comment was made that it would be good to have a bulletin again and to deliver hard copies.

Stephen will liaise with the parish council about whether we can piggy back on the list to share information. If not, they could maybe share info for us.

Agree we will meet again on 9 September and Eva will circulate the Zoom link nearer the time.

Justice & Peace Notices

CAFOD Coronavirus Appeal 

Many communities in developing countries are struggling greatly due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

CAFOD is working in many ways to help people rebuild their lives, enabling them to earn a living and ensure that children can go to school. They are urgently in need of funds to support this work. You can find details on how to donate on the CAFOD website:  

https://cafod.org.uk/Give/Donate-to-Emergencies/Coronavirus-appeal

Justice and Peace Minutes – Minutes of meeting 29.01.2020

Present : Sian, Stephen, Eva, Tim, Susanne, Sarah B, Sarah L

Church Action on Poverty

Suggestion that we have a service on Poverty Sunday (23rd February). We felt we couldn’t achieve too much but we might be able to have a special bidding prayers something in the newsletter. It was also suggested if Stephen Parker was doing the sermon he could get a mention in – Stephen will mention that to him. Sarah B will check if St Colombo’s are doing something that Sunday. Stephen will also check with Fr Kevin if there could be a second collection (SVP, Shelter?) and also we can have additional bidding prayer(s).

Events

Creation Event was felt to be a success.

The panto was successful as ever and a good sum was raised for CAFOD.

The Dance Group are imminently having their event, more good fundraising being done.

In Advent funds were raised through the “sticker campaign” for a solar panelled lamppost for a refugee camp, £355.

The petition around climate change was very successful, with almost everyone who was asked signing up.

Food Bank

Sarah B is going to the network meeting next week. Stocks are normally good over Christmas but it drops off as the new year progresses. Demand is going up due to the implementation of Universal Credit. Sarah B will put a reminder in when it seems appropriate.  Delivery is done on a rota, a month at a time.

Cafod

There is a CAFOD diocescan meeting tomorrow which Stephen is attending. The current campaign is a modification of the climate change one, (called cross-generation climate change) each of 12 regions around the country adopting a ‘climate warrior’ for our region.  Stephen mentioned though there was a subsidiary campaign around climate change and education and gender equality, and wondered if this might be different. Sarah B wondered if it was a more complex issue to explain.  Stephen would be happy to feed back at the next meeting, circulating something in advance.

Lent

The prayer thoughts last year were very well received. Tim agreed to lead on this and will give it some thought before emailing round the group.

NB : Anything written should be dyslexia friendly font and maybe a slightly larger sized font. Alternatively we could post anything written on the parish website, so that people could print off in an appropriate font themselves, primarily to save paper in any initial printing.

Next meeting 1 April at 8pm

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