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Bradford Diocese goes green
Judith Allinson writes:
An Environment motion was voted for and passed at the Bradford Diocese Summer Synod on 21 June 2008 . (This will eventally appear on www.bradford.anglican.org )
The Synod was held at Tosside, a village straddling the border of Yorkshire and Lancashire at 870ft (265m) above sea level, in the new village hall. About 80 people were present from all over the diocese, from Bradford 34 miles to the SE and from Sedburgh 34 miles drive to the northwest..
The Guest Speaker, Mark Dowd of the campaigning organisation Operation Noah, and producer of the Channel 4 documentary film God is Green, spoke about climate change. He urged people to campaign and persuade our MPs and government to act. Simply changing light bulbs is not enough. Operation Noah says we need to have a 90% reduction in green house gas emission by 2030. He pointed out that the current global warming we see now is a result of the increase in CO2 from maybe 50 years ago.
His lifestyle was consistent with his words. He had come by public transport - leaving Fleet Street at 6am this morning on his folding bicycle, then train to York, then Leeds, then Skipton, and had been driven from Skipton up to Tosside, his folding bike in the back of the car...
Lunch was provided along LOAF principles, by a small team of volunteers led by Althea Shevill of Settle. LOAF stands for Locally produced, Organically grown, Animal friendly, Fairly traded
The huge Strawberry Pavlova in the picture is being eaten by Stephen Dawson of Bentham (the pianist at the Synod service) and Althea Shevill. It was made (by Pam Breaks) with pick your own strawberries from Gledstone Nurseries at West Marton 10 miles away and local farm eggs.
Would you like to know how more of the food was sourced locally ? Green salad was donated by Jigsaw, an organic nursery at Gisburn which employs people with disabilities. The ham came from Settle Farm shop - bought from local farmers. The butter was hand-made on a farm in Halifax, and some butter also came from Settle Creamery. Tomatoes were bought from Growing with Grace organic greenhouses at Clapham, and also from Booths at Settle. The bread was baked in The Naked Man Bakery, Settle, and the flour used came from Silloth, Cumbria. Quiches were made with local free range eggs.
Clare Hyde, the Bradford Diocesan Environment Officer, and coordinator of her support team Bradford EarthCare , introduced Mark Dowd. She told the synod about the Lamp Library and Bradford Green Fund . The former is a demonstration set of energy efficient light bulbs. These are made in Shipley (rather than far away in China ), are high quality, and if they are ordered through the diocese, the diocese will be given a small commission which will go to Bradford Diocese Green Fund. People who do a lot of travelling, especially by plane, are invited to donate to the Green Fund as a carbon offset measure.
In the Foyer people could look at the Bradford Diocese EarthCare Stall and also the Christian Ecology Link Stall - which is what I had come to set up.- with resource leaflets , Wireless-energy-monitor, Ecocell resource CD and brand new hot-off-the-press-that morning July 2008 CEL prayer-guide .
I had fun demonstrating the Owl energy meter http://www.theowl.com I would show people the meter which registered 40p per hour and then switch the foyer lights on and it would jump to 45p per hour. And if the dish washer went on next door in the kitchen it went up a lot more. I explained that I had clipped a partner little magnet and transmitter onto the Village Hall electricity metre lead, and that signals were sent to my meter to say how much electricity was being used by the hall. I offered to lend it to people near Settle for a week for a £5-00 donation to the Rainforest Fund. - Or they could buy one over the internet for £35.
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