Tuesday, 20 December 2011

The Christian Census on Climate Change

For the last posting of 2011, here's news of a Christian ecumenical initiative, emanating from a Catholic group from the North East of England.

Information about it reached me by a roundabout route that included Operation Noah and Quaker Peace and Social Witness. The information below comes from Emma Casson, the project's administrator. She also has recent experience of on-the-ground sustainability work in Africa, and I'll post her article about that in the New Year.
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Emma writes:

A Christian Census on Climate Change has just been launched. The initiative is intended to allow Christians from all denominations to voice their opinions and produce lasting data for discussion.

From a Christian viewpoint, do people think that climate change is of little importance and untouchable, or is it something that needs to be tackled from both a scientific and moral perspective? We would love to have your views.

We would like as many people as possible from as many churches as possible to complete the census and email, or post it back to us. For efficiency, we would suggest that one person per church/meeting be the ‘messenger’ and promote the census to the rest of the congregation. They then return completed questionnaires to us.

The deadline for completing the census is the end of March 2012. Results of the census will be released at a special event in York Minster on Saturday 21st April. The morning service will be led by Archbishop Sentamu, Bishop Terence Drainey and leaders of other denominations. The afternoon will feature practical workshops on climate change and how congregations and communities can become more sustainable. The event is freebut tickets entry ticket s will be issued.

To download the census, and for more information on the York Minster event, please visit our website

For paper copies of the census, or if you want to participate in the event in York Minster, please contact:

Emma Casson
Administrator for the Christian Census on Climate Change
tel: 07879372999
email: CConClimateChange@gmail.com
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So there's a project for your Quaker Meeting or church in the New Year - please take part. Thanks to Emma for these details.

I'm taking a break next week - back in the first week in January.

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