Now that a climate emergency has been recognised and declared at various levels of government, here is a round-up of eco-initiatives accessible to our congregation and anyone else who cares enough to do their bit.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead
Food for Thought: We stand at a critical moment in Earth’s history, a time when humanity must choose its future. As the world becomes increasingly interdependent and fragile, the future at once holds great peril and great promise. To move forward we must recognise that in the midst of a magnificent diversity of cultures and life forms we are one human family and one Earth community with a common destiny. We must join together to bring forth a sustainable global society founded on respect for nature, universal human rights, economic justice, and a culture of peace.— The Earth Charter, 29.6.2000
Green Christian Prayer Guide - downloadable monthly from their website: February
Church of England Environmental Bulletin - Autumn 2020
Green Christian newsletter - 20.10.20
Marches Christian Environmental Network (M-CENT) newsletter - September 2020
EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
We will keep adding to this list, so do revisit for up-to-date information.
UPDATE: Inevitably, most of these events have been hit by the national virus lockdown. As and when we get news of re-scheduled dates they will be published here. Meanwhile, those events marked with an asterisk (*) are those that are actually going ahead.
Throughout 2020 - Christian Aid Year of Prayer for Climate Justice - DETAILS
Ludlow Repair Cafe dates for 2020 - get things fixed instead of throwing them away: 10.00am to 12 noon on 25th April (Rockspring Centre), 25th July (Mascall Centre) and 31st October (Rockspring Centre).
Ludlow Pride of Place Litter Pick - monthly event by Hands Together Ludlow - next one 15th February 2020, meet at 10.30am by the cannon in Castle Square, until about midday. - DETAILS
*Cathedral Lent Talks 2020 - The Environment - four sessions that are available to view on YOUTUBE - The topics covered are: 'Christian Lifestyle', 'Agriculture', 'Energy and Buildings', and 'The Climate Emergency'. The sessions are introduced by The Reverend Prebendary Dr John Daniels, and each lasts roughly half-an-hour.
5th - 29th February 2020 - Climate Coalition "Show the Love" - the green hearts campaign - a Christian resource pack is available.
A Christian Response to Climate Change - series of 4 lectures by the Revd Canon Dr Maureen Palmer in the 'Ludlow Life & Learning' programme. 10.00am to 12 noon at the Mascall Centre, Ludlow on 20th & 27th February, 5th & 12th March - DETAILS
29th February 2020 - Our Food Day: The Cost to the Earth and its People - a conference and workshops on ethical food sourcing, 10am to 2pm at Ludlow Methodist Church, cost £8.50 including lunch - DETAILS
18th April 2020 - Show the Love event - the National Trust have invited Shropshire Women's Institutes to create a huge outdoor installation of green hearts at Attingham Park, and there will be associated stalls and activities.
7th June 2020 - LEAF Open Farm Sunday - the farming industry's national open day - DETAILS
25th June 2020 - The Sea and the Ecological Crisis - talk by a speaker from the Marine Conservation Society in Hereford Cathedral's Life & Learning Programme, 7pm in College Hall, Hereford - DETAILS
26th June 2020 - Climate Change Lobby in London - DETAILS
June/July (dates TBC) - Climate Coalition's Speak Up! week of action - DETAILS
1st September - 4th October - Creationtide - A festival of prayer and community action to help protect the natural world - DETAILS
A Rocha - a world-wide Christian charity working for the protection and restoration of the natural world.
Caring for God's Acre - protecting and rejuvenating churchyards.
EcoChurch - an award scheme for eco-friendly churches, run by A Rocha.
Green Christian - "Ordinary Christians, extraordinary times"
LOAF Campaign - choosing food that is Locally produced, Organically grown, Animal friendly and Fairly traded.
Marches Christian Environmental Network (M-CENT) - draws together Christians of all denominations across the Marches who are concerned about the impact of climate change, and protecting our environment. Hosted by Hereford Diocese.
Shrinking the Footprint - C of E's national environmental campaign, founded by Richard Charteris, Bishop of London in 2006. Organises initiatives like 'Plastic-free Lent', energy audits by churches, etc.
Faith-based and secular campaigns that you might wish to join in; ethical commerce that you might wish to support.
Broad Bean - old-style delicatessen and ethical food shop, includes a milk dispenser where you can take your own bottles to be re-filled, instead of buying plastic cartons.
Co-Wheels - Community pay-as-you-go car hire scheme.
Help Ludlow go Plastic Free - does what it says on the tin.
Little Green Refills - take your own bottles to be filled with eco cleaning products at their stall in Ludlow Market on alternate Thursdays: 13th & 27th February, 12th & 26th March, 9th & 23rd April, 7th & 21st May, 11th & 25th June, 9th & 23rd July.
Ludlow 21 - local membership organisation promoting all aspects of sustainable living in the area.
Ludlow Green Festival - annual one-day event in Castle Square.
Myriad Organics - Ludlow's organic and ethical food shop; ironically opposite Tesco!
The Green Woman - producing deodorants and cosmetics that are as eco-friendly as possible, on Ludlow Eco Park.
2nd February - World Wetlands Day - DETAILS
21st March - UN International Day of Forests - DETAILS
22nd March - World Water Day - DETAILS
28th March, 8.30pm - Earth Hour - DETAILS
22nd April - Earth Day - DETAILS
May - National Walking Month
10th May - Walk to Church Sunday
5th June - UN World Environment Day - DETAILS
8th June - World Oceans Day - DETAILS
18th June - Clean Air Day - DETAILS
June (dates TBC) - Community Energy Fortnight - DETAILS
More to come so please re-visit.
TRAINING & EDUCATION
Christian Rural and Environmental Studies (CRES) - runs a diploma course, plus informative events.