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CHRISTIAN ECOLOGY LINK PRESS RELEASE                         5 Oct 2010

PRESS RELEASE
from Christian Ecology Link
05 October 2010

 

  • 10:10 CAMPAIGN COMMITMENTS
  • 10/10/10 GLOBAL WORK PARTY
  • LAUNCH OF ecocell2 STUDY PACK

1. Christian Ecology Link members have made commitments in support
of the 10:10 Campaign, and ahead of the Global Work Party on 10th
October 2010, are sharing their plans for the day, and their
achievements throughout the year so far.

2. At the Annual Members' Meeting, to be held on 6th November 2010,
Christian Ecology Link will launch the "ecocell 2" study pack, that
has been in development for the last year. The meeting will trial the
Introductory Module, soon to be released online.

3. Those following the "ecocell 2" programme will commit to reducing
their Greenhouse Gas Emissions to 15% of the current UK
average or less. This would bring down each person’s carbon dioxide
output to a tonne and a half a year, the maximum level likely to be
necessary for sustainability.

4. Jo Rathbone, formerly a coordinator for EcoCongregation, will
give a talk to the Annual Members' Meeting, to support the new
"ecocell 2" programme and boost members' interest in "greening
churches".

5. The original ecocell study programme is available to download from
the Christian Ecology Link website :
http://www.christian-ecology.org.uk/ecocell.htm

6. Barbara Echlin said about the "ecocell 2" commitments to reducing
emissions,

"It is not going to be easy. But as Christians, we believe
we have a moral responsibility to do all in our power to preserve the
world’s life support systems, for the benefit of all people now and in
the future, and for the sake of all God’s creation."

7. Christian Ecology Link will roll out the "ecocell 2" study
programme in early 2011, ahead of the national conference "End of the
Age of Thorns" on 5th March 2011 :
http://www.christian-ecology.org.uk/conf2011.htm

8. Quotes from Christian Ecology Link members about their "cut the
carbon" efforts
this year :-

"Added more insulation to loft to bring up to current recommended
depth. Fitted thermostats to radiators in rooms that we can close off
in winter and keep cooler. Changed nine year old car for new model
that should do at least 20 miles more per gallon on average and has
much reduced emissions. Reduced the number of miles we drove the car
by holidaying closer to home and using the bus and walking more
locally. Bought dividers to fit in to large saucepan so I can cook
three different vegetables in the same pan and keep them separate."
(BE)

"As a household we are on target to get our transport emissions down
to 0.5 tonnesCO2 per person this year (April 10 to March 11). One
returm flight to France put it up to 0.6 tonnes pp last year. We are
hoping for a substantial reduction in our domestic fuel emissions this
year - as against last year, when our figure was 1.3 tonnesCO2 per
person: (a) because we have changed to a zero carbon electricity
supplier (The Co-op/BG one) (b) we will be in the first full year of
using our woodstove, and we are learning to use it optimally (e.g. put
it on earlier in the day, two hoursbefore using room, but keep it low)
(c) we are also in the first full year of all the wall and window
insulation work being in place (d) and we pray the winter won't be as
cold as last. We hope for nearly a 50% reduction this year - God
willing the milder weather! We are starting to record our food and
other purchases emissions, as per the Carbon Detox (George Marshall)
method, and to increase our (very small) growing area in the garden."
(TE)

"Finding something to do for 10:10 was hard, since have been working
on cutting emissions for years. This year - rationalised the use of
electricity in the house, and turned off the freezer for part of the
year when there was no need to run it. Re-assessed the heating needs
in the house, re-programmed the controller, and made sure that all
radiators have thermostatic valves to give each room individual heat
control. Have kept the central heating thermostat one degree lower
than last year, but probably can't take it any lower. The central
heating was turned off beteen May and September. Have ordered thick,
thermally-lined ceiling to floor curtains made by a small local
business for the rooms with the largest windows, ahead of winter, and
hope to have a "curtain-hanging ceremony" on 10th October. Throughout
the year have stopped shopping so often and have done just one online
bulk purchase of ecological household products. Grew slightly better
green leaf vegetables, herbs and potatoes than last year, and started
to re-lay part of the lawn to grow more food next year." (JA2)

9. Links to the campaigns

http://www.1010global.org/uk

http://www.350.org/
http://www.350.org/101010
http://www.350.org/map

10. Related organisations

http://www.ecocongregation.org/
http://www.operationnoah.org/
http://www.coinet.org.uk/
http://www.campaigncc.org/
http://www.stopclimatechaos.org/

NOTES ON CHRISTIAN ECOLOGY LINK

"Ordinary Christians, Extraordinary Times"

We are responsible for our impact on God's creation as a whole.
Christian Ecology Link helps members to understand and relate these
responsibilities to their faith. Members can then encourage others in
their local church to think seriously about these issues.

ENDS


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