Tuesday, 31 January 2012

The Christian Census on Climate Change - update

Back in December I posted some initial information about this project. Following some website updates, Emma Casson, the project's administrator, now writes:

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A Catholic group from the North East has launched the Christian Census on Climate Change. The initiative is intended to allow Christians from all denominations across the country 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. For churches who would like to take action in the wake of the UN climate talks in Durban, the census is an ideal way to get congregations talking.

We would like as many people as possible from as many churches as possible to complete the census either online, or post it back to us. For efficiency, we would suggest that one person per church/meeting to become 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 Anglican Archbishop John Sentamu, Catholic Bishop Terence Drainey, Rev. Stephen Burgess (Chair of York and Hull Methodists), and leaders of other denominations. There will also be speakers from leading international environmental and developmental organisations. The afternoon will offer practical workshops on climate change and how congregations and communities can become more environmentally sustainable. Afternoon sessions to be held in De Grey Court, York St John University.

You can complete the census online or download and print s PDF. Tickets for the York Minster event are free and can be booked via our website.

For paper copies of the census or for more information, you can contact Emma Casson, Administrator for the Christian Census on Climate Change tel: 07879372999, email: CConClimateChange@gmail.com

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