What Steps has Redland Park Church taken to reduce our Carbon Footprint?
In 2008 we installed 52 Solar PV panels giving us a peak output of 8.424kwp. So in the past 14 years we have generated electricity for Church use or to feed back into the Grid. This has resulted in us saving 43,111kg of carbon dioxide.
LED lighting has been installed throughout the Church and the adjoining rooms, thus saving energy, and a Climate Justice Group from amongst the members is advising on other ways we can become more environmentally friendly, as a church and individually. Through our worship and articles in our church magazine we encourage our congregation to consider their own lifestyles and what they can do to care for Creation.
A few years ago we changed the Church garden to support pollinators and increase Biodiversity by planting lots of wildflowers and growing a hedge of native shrubs. The garden and benches, being just off the busy Whiteladies Road, are also well used by the local community for a time of rest and recuperation.
These have been amongst other actions we have taken which have led to us gaining the Bronze Eco Church award from Arocha*. Now we are looking to what else we can do to try and gain the Silver award, but more importantly to reduce our carbon footprint even more. With this in mind the church has declared a climate emergency:
Redland Park URC recognises the climate emergency and is committed to make a coordinated effort to respond, based on our calling to love our neighbours, live justly and steward God’s creation.
*Arocha is a Christian charity committed to working to equip Christians and Churches in the UK to protect the environment. They run an Eco Church programme through which a church can show how they are caring for God’s earth in different areas of their life and worship.