St Edburg’s is conscious about its environmental impact on the world and is working to improve it for current and future generations. We believe that we are custodians of God’s world and should do all we can to limit the impacts of climate change, improve biodiversity and inspire our community to take action to reduce their own environmental footprint.
The Eco Church group has been established to look at how we may do more to care for God’s earth, in response to the talk from A Rocha. We have joined the A Rocha Eco Church programme, which involves assessing the parishes impact on the environment, setting a trajectory to reducing carbon emissions whilst improving biodiversity, alongside engagement with our congregation to reduce its impact.
St Edburg’s is at the centre of a quickly growing town, which we hope to influence to be more sustainable. As such we also engage with politicians and partner with local organisations.
Make COP 26 Count – we have joined this campaign to support USPG and Hope for the Future, who are organising numerous churches around the country to raise national and international ambition for climate justice ahead of the UNs 26th Climate Change Conference (COP26), held in Glasgow 1-12 November 2021. We are supporting events around this campaign and are engaging with politicians.
Eco Church Award – we have nearly finalized our application for a A Rocha Bronze Eco Church award. As part of this we have calculated our carbon emissions, have begun doing more communications with our congregation and have taken some action to improve biodiversity on church sites.
Wild Bicester – we have partnered with the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust so to encourage everyone in Bicester, whatever their age of background, to get involved in turning their homes and communities into wildlife rich places to create a greener, healthier and wilder Bicester.
Climate Sunday – we will be holding a special service on the 5th September that will consider how climate change will affect current and future generations, and how we help reduce impacts of global warming.
Bike Rack – we are currently looking to get a bike rack fitted outside of the church.
Actions Individuals and Families can take
We offer a number of things people can do to reduce their environmental footprint, whilst helping our work as an EcoChurch.
Reduce consumption of meat and dairy are sure ways to cut your carbon footprint by up to a quarter, whilst also reducing the amount of growing space needed to feed you. This environment win-win-win,