Norfolk churches take action on climate change
By Keith Morris
2009: Churches across Norfolk
are taking the challenge of climate change increasingly seriously and one local clergyman is cycling from Norfolk to Denmark
to prove the point.
Norwich Diocesan Environmental Officer, Hereward Cooke (pictured right), is donning his warmest cycling clothes to cycle for Christian Aid to Denmark`s capital city in December.
He and a group of other Christian lobbyists will be reminding politicians that there are people out there on their bicycles who are concerned that the right decisions on carbon emissions are made.
Hereward`s main purpose, apart from raising money for Christian Aid`s climate change arm, is to raise the profile amongst churches and worshippers of how we all need to transform our life-style and reduce our use of carbon fuels. The main policy of the Diocesan Environmental Group that he administers is for everyone to "Measure, Manage and Minimise" energy use, and for the Church in all its various guises; schools, offices, parish halls etc... to give a lead in all the communities they serve.
Churches are now taking a lead in their local communities on the climate change issue by exploring the necessary changes in lifestyle.
To share best practice in churches and church schools, a Greening Churches and Schools event is being run on Saturday October 17, between 10 and 4. St Thomas Church Hall on Earlham Road, Norwich will be hosting several displays and interactive workshops.
The key-note speaker is Steve Hughes, the Chief Executive Officer of A Rocha, an international Christian conservation organisation. He will speak of the comprehensive work undertaken in Kenya, Portugal, Argentina and in Britain whereby Christian groups will cooperate on wild-life conservation. His speech will be chaired by the Bishop of Lynn, James Langstaff.
One project in Gunton near Lowestoft will reflect the A Rocha story and will describe the way its local woodland has been maintained by enthusiastic volunteers. Transition Norwich will be displaying its latest working model for local groups, including churches; and Christian Aid will be painting the international picture about how it is the poorest who will suffer most from global warming.
These displays and associated workshops will make for a full event. Further information can be obtained from the organisers Rev. Philip Young of St Thomas and Hereward Cooke on 01263 740320.