Introducing the new Sustainability Field Worker

Cherished Earth is a climate justice initiative of the Anglican Diocese of Auckland. This is about connecting faith with caring for creation and is the practical outworking of a commitment by the Anglican Bishops of Aotearoa,  New Zealand and Polynesia, to take action on climate change.

The initiative has its origins in 2007 when a group of lay  Anglican members formed the Diocesan Climate Change Action Group.  The goal is to help the Diocese’s churches and members move towards a more sustainable and carbon-neutral lifestyle.

Since 2007, the Action Group have conducted workshops around the Diocese and achieved the major goal of divesting the Church’s investments from fossil fuel industries.

In 2012, a part-time Sustainability Field Worker was appointed to implement a sustainability programme among the churches of the Diocese.  Yvonne Thompson provided a service that, through on-site building assessments and energy audits, assisted a number of parishes to improve the energy efficiency of buildings and so reduce costs as well as carbon emissions.

The appointment of a new Sustainability Field Worker (see the adjacent box) in 2016 sees this work continuing alongside some new sustainability and carbon emission mitigation initiatives.

The first of these initiatives is around sustainability in our food supply.  A programme establishing communal gardens or food forests in participating parishes will commence in early spring.  This will be complimented by waste minimisation actions (various composting methods) that any household can do.

A climate change mitigation initiative being developed is an on-line carbon footprint calculator designed to assist parishioners assess their personal contribution to global warming and compare that against national benchmarks.

Many more initiatives are in the gestation stage, along with an innovative means of funding them, that all go to give a practical expression of our faith in the context of caring for creation.

Please check out our progress and let us know your thoughts at our blog site  www.cherished-earth.org.nz or contact me direct using the contact form below.

Blessings
John Allen


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Diocesan Climate Change Action Group October 2015 Newsletter

DIOCESAN CLIMATE CHANGE ACTION GROUP

Meet the group (L to R): Bobbi Laing, Matheson Russell, Lane Hannah, Yvonne Thompson, Rod Oram, Jim Hunt, Nicola Hoggard-Creegan, Richard Milne, Jin Russell (and Chester).

Hello again on climate change! We are excited to be announcing the details of the upcoming Paris Climate Service at St Patrick’s Cathedral. Read on to find out more!

A Combined Church Service to Pray for the COP21 Paris Climate Talks

PRAYER FOR OUR COMMON HOME

Time: 2pm, Saturday 28 Nov 2015
Venue: St Patrick’s Cathedral, 43 Wyndham St

We are partnering with other denominations to host an ecumenical prayer service on the eve of the Paris climate talks.

All welcome!

Please email if you are keen to volunteer at the service: matheson.russell@gmail.com

Part-time work available with the DCCAG from 2016

Do you know someone with a keen interest in helping churches understand and respond to the issue of climate change?

The Diocesan Climate Change Action Group is looking for someone with a deep understanding of the theology of creation care and the ability to write and give seminars in this area.

This part-time position is funded by the Anglican Diocese of Auckland.

If you know someone who might be suitable, please email Richard Milne: richardmilne12@gmail.com

Caritas release report on the effects of climate change in Oceania

Our friends at Caritas have released their latest State of the Environment report: Caring for our Common Home

The report identifies five key issues affecting people in the Oceania region:

  • Impact of severe weather-related emergencies
  • Coastal erosion and rising sea levels
  • Access to food and safe drinking water
  • Mining and drilling of the ocean floor
  • Climate financing for Oceania’s developing nations – to support both minimisation of greenhouse gas emissions (mitigation) and adaptation to climate change.

A new documentary based on Naomi Klein’s best-selling book

Rev Jim’s jotting

I told you that Linnaeus is out of date. Now people of Duke University have published a first draft of the Tree of Lifeas set out when species are classified by their actual genetic makeup instead of by what they look like. Since there are 2.3 million species discovered and classified so far there is some new naming to be done and the above picture is just a small version of what their computers hold. (Click on the image to see the original at full resolution.)

Note that all of us, as animals, come under Metazoa. Note that most of the other named groups are one celled species. Note that the centre of the diagram is empty. In science you can propose any sort of theory you like but you must not lie. No one can yet show how these different life forms came to be. We must not think a single cell is simple. It must import and export, relate to other cells and protect itself. Classifying them all into kingdoms, phyla, classes, orders, genera and species is teaching us more about what God created.

So now, all who believe that God created these living creatures, and much more that we know little about, consider the immensity of it all and worship. Are we going to continue to please ourselves when, working with our Father, we could be changing to a cleaner world and stop

polluting air and water and soil?

A recent study has shown that people who live close to nature benefit. A Rocha members may be right. Members of the Diocesan Climate Change Action Group are reaching out to join with others who will pray and protest until political leaders at COP 21 in Paris, November 30 to December 11 take notice. We have had a good run with fossil fuels but we must move on, clean up, take advantage of the other forms of energy available and stop killing off ourselves and other species with polluting chemicals.

The more we learn about the world we live in the more tragic it is seen to be that we do not recognise God’s love in it all, not only as it is but as it can become.

Copyright © 2015 Diocesan Climate Change Action Group, All rights reserved.

Diocesan Climate Change Action Group October 2015 Newsletter

DIOCESAN CLIMATE CHANGE ACTION GROUP

Meet the group (L to R): Bobbi Laing, Matheson Russell, Lane Hannah, Yvonne Thompson, Rod Oram, Jim Hunt, Nicola Hoggard-Creegan, Richard Milne, Jin Russell (and Chester).

Hello again on climate change! We are excited to be announcing the details of the upcoming Paris Climate Service at St Patrick’s Cathedral. Read on to find out more!

A Combined Church Service to Pray for the COP21 Paris Climate Talks

PRAYER FOR OUR COMMON HOME

Time: 2pm, Saturday 28 Nov 2015
Venue: St Patrick’s Cathedral, 43 Wyndham St

We are partnering with other denominations to host an ecumenical prayer service on the eve of the Paris climate talks.

All welcome!

Please email if you are keen to volunteer at the service: matheson.russell@gmail.com


Part-time work available with the DCCAG from 2016 – position now filled.

Do you know someone with a keen interest in helping churches understand and respond to the issue of climate change?

The Diocesan Climate Change Action Group is looking for someone with a deep understanding of the theology of creation care and the ability to write and give seminars in this area.

This part-time position is funded by the Anglican Diocese of Auckland.

If you know someone who might be suitable, please email Richard Milne: richardmilne12@gmail.com

Caritas release report on the effects of climate change in Oceania

Our friends at Caritas have released their latest State of the Environment report: Caring for our Common Home

The report identifies five key issues affecting people in the Oceania region:

  • Impact of severe weather-related emergencies
  • Coastal erosion and rising sea levels
  • Access to food and safe drinking water
  • Mining and drilling of the ocean floor
  • Climate financing for Oceania’s developing nations – to support both minimisation of greenhouse gas emissions (mitigation) and adaptation to climate change.

A new documentary based on Naomi Klein’s best-selling book

Rev Jim’s jotting

I told you that Linnaeus is out of date. Now people of Duke University have published a first draft of the Tree of Lifeas set out when species are classified by their actual genetic makeup instead of by what they look like. Since there are 2.3 million species discovered and classified so far there is some new naming to be done and the above picture is just a small version of what their computers hold. (Click on the image to see the original at full resolution.)

Note that all of us, as animals, come under Metazoa. Note that most of the other named groups are one celled species. Note that the centre of the diagram is empty. In science you can propose any sort of theory you like but you must not lie. No one can yet show how these different life forms came to be. We must not think a single cell is simple. It must import and export, relate to other cells and protect itself. Classifying them all into kingdoms, phyla, classes, orders, genera and species is teaching us more about what God created.

So now, all who believe that God created these living creatures, and much more that we know little about, consider the immensity of it all and worship. Are we going to continue to please ourselves when, working with our Father, we could be changing to a cleaner world and stop

polluting air and water and soil?

A recent study has shown that people who live close to nature benefit. A Rocha members may be right. Members of the Diocesan Climate Change Action Group are reaching out to join with others who will pray and protest until political leaders at COP 21 in Paris, November 30 to December 11 take notice. We have had a good run with fossil fuels but we must move on, clean up, take advantage of the other forms of energy available and stop killing off ourselves and other species with polluting chemicals.

The more we learn about the world we live in the more tragic it is seen to be that we do not recognise God’s love in it all, not only as it is but as it can become.

Copyright © 2015 Diocesan Climate Change Action Group, All rights reserved.