In 2019, Flitwick Church committed to pursuing Eco Church values and reducing our carbon footprint.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has stated that climate change is;
“The greatest challenge that we and future generations face... Our sacred duty is to protect the natural world we have been so generously given, as well as our neighbours around the world, who will be the first affected”.
The St Albans Diocese has committed to aiming for net zero carbon production in all churches by 2050, and as our part we have signed up to the A Rocha programme of self assessment. This programme looks at how we operate as a church under five different categories:
Worship and Teaching,
Community Global Engagement
Following a detailed assessment over different criteria in each category we were awarded the Bronze Award. We are now working towards the Silver Award.
Our Eco Church Targets for 2021 are:
Eliminating single use plastics in Messy Church and events
Only using eco friendly cleaning products like Ecover
Encouraging cycling to church with the installation of a bike rack
Establishing an environment section on the church website with an eco blog
Marking Climate Sunday, World Earth Day and Creationtide.
Changing our energy supplier to reduce our carbon footprint
For many years, the church yard at St Peter and Paul’s Church has been managed as a Living Churchyard. This means it is carefully maintained to allow wildlife to flourish; it is an example of rare low nutrient meadow. Some species found here are are regionally rare, to one plant not found elsewhere in Bedfordshire. The church has links with the Greensand Trust who have held meetings in the building and spoken to the Youth Group about conservation.