Declaring a Climate Emergency
As part of Churches Together in Chapel Allerton and Meanwood, we acknowledge that there is indeed a climate emergency. A toolkit has been put together in collaboration with several organisations, as well as activists and church leaders, in order to give us a voice from a Christian perspective in the debate about caring for God's creation. Find out more here.
As a Church, we have been doing all we can to promote responsible stewardship of our environment and have engaged in a range of actions:
We encourage our congregation to adopt good practice in matters relating to sustainability, energy use and safeguarding our resources generally.
With Churches Together, we attended a rally in the City Centre during COP26 to join others up and down the land in showing that we are watching what our government is doing and that we expect all governments to start taking environmental issues more seriously.
Prior to pandemic, we held an Eco Exhibition as part of Chapel Allerton Arts Festival where there was a myriad of content on an environmental theme, including a huge art installation entitled "Flights of Freedom" made up of hundreds of birds made from plastic milk bottles.
We held a craft session with our friends at Brodetsky Primary School, where we made ecobricks with the young children there. (Making ecobricks is a great way to use non- recyclable plastic).
We had a stall at last year's Arts Festival, where we engaged with children and adults alike on a range of environmental issues and encouraged visitors to make wild flower seed bombs and make prayer messages on paper hearts for all the areas of the world effected by climate change.
We recycle as much as possible within our Church buildings and we maintain an outside collection cage for aluminium which is available to all. This has the added benefit of raising money!
Our Snicket Squad meet regularly to pick litter in the locality, with the support of Litter Free Leeds.
RECYCLE YOUR ALUMINIUM CANS
in the cage in the Meeting Room car park. Money raised from the sale of the metal will be donated to charity. This is an ECO group initiative. Please join us as we strive to protect the planet for future generations.
"WALK IT RIDE IT"
is a collective city-wide movement towards healthier, greener travel in Leeds. The campaign is linked with Leeds City Council and encourages people to make one small change to a weekly journey and consider walking or cycling short attainable journeys such as the school run, the local shop and amenities, the park and eventually to and from work. See more at walkitrideit.com