At the Oakwood Church AGM in April 2018
it was agreed that work should proceed to develop an Environmental Policy for Oakwood Church
In THE BROADCAST May 2018 Al Fraser wrote
The Oakwood Church Annual General Meeting in April 2018 agreed to proceed with the development of an Environmental Policy for Oakwood Church.
With Leeds Diocesan support and direction, as a local church, we will aim to take the practical steps necessary to realise the Fifth Mark of Mission, which is “to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and to sustain the life of the earth”.
As a church community, we will take environmental concerns into account in our mission, worship, study, education, training, pastoral, administrative and other projects and programmes.
An Environmental Policy will aim to address the issues of air and water pollution, waste management, ecosystem management, bio diversity protection, the protection of natural resources, wildlife and endangered species, and the preservation of these natural resources for future generations.
Our first step will be to complete an Environmental audit and work towards accreditation of the national and prestigious Eco Church scheme.
We will keep you informed of progress. Look out for more information and how you can support the Environmental Policy. If you have any questions, please let me know.
Environmental Policy Representative
Steps towards an Environmental Policy
for Oakwood Church
To address the issues of
Environmental Policy Recommendations
1. Include our concern for sustainability in our worship and teaching
2. Undertake an environmental and energy audit of the church premises and property, recognising that some additional costs may be incurred to minimise environmental impacts
3. Work with others in our local community to identify environmental issues which should be addressed in our area and help develop actions to tackle them
4. As the church’s energy use is arguably its greatest environmental issue, seek to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of the electricity and gas used in church premises
5. Encourage our Church members wherever possible to use forms of transport to work, meetings, etc. which have minimum or reduced environmental impact e.g. walk, cycle, use public transport, car share
6. Seek ways to reduce material consumption and the impact of our activities on the environment by, wherever possible
7. Avoid using water unnecessarily, install water meters where appropriate, check for leakages, fit water minimising systems to taps and cisterns wherever practicable
8. Assess our land and property for wildlife and manage them to conserve bio diversity
9. Encourage individual members of our congregations to take actions in their personal lives to complement and supplement these actions of the church community
10. Participate in the ‘Eco Church’ programme
Eco Church is Rocha UK’s award scheme for churches in England and Wales who want to demonstrate that the gospel is good news for God’s earth
It offers a free online survey and supporting resources designed to equip a church to express care for God’s world in worship and teaching; in how to look after your buildings and land; in how to engage with your local community and in global campaigns, and in the personal lifestyles of your congregation
The actions taken will count towards a prestigious Eco Church Award at Bronze, Silver or Gold level
The vision is for churches of all denominations to care for creation as an integral part of loving their neighbours and following God faithfully
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