Parish Environment Group

Focus: Building a deeper awareness of the environmental issues we and future generations face, and a commitment to changing our lifestyles away from consumerism in order to respect and love ‘our common home’ – God’s creation here on Earth.

Leaders: Andrew Hornsby-Smith, Mary Reed, Henri Grech, Nollaig Lane, Alan Reed, Kufre Edehe.

Members: 80

Programme of events and activities:

The working group meets every six weeks or so in the evenings at St James’.

The group has run a parish wide awareness campaign and is now setting up new interest groups. These are intended to be coordinated mainly through online communication and will focus on the following areas:

1) Prayer: preparing prayers and possibly hymns to share, and praying together.

2) Sharing ideas for reducing waste and our consumption of non-recyclable goods, and recycling more.

3) Creating and redeveloping things: e.g., planting and growing wildlife-friendly plants, or sharing food ideas that have lower environmental impact.

4) Sharing information and tips about living more simply and sustainably both within our parish and beyond, and engaging others in discussion and campaigning.

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact us via the email below:

[email protected]

Our 10 themed leaflets take up the main topics set out in Laudato Si’, the Pope’s exhortation about respecting ‘our common home’. They cover themes such as sustainability, climate change, poverty and biodiversity.

To view these leaflets, video links and other resource materials click the image below. 

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