Activities Around Australia
As part of its terms of reference the General Synod Environmental Working Group sought to discover the response of each Diocese to the Canon for Protection of the Environment (LOCATION) so that it could understand the Australia-wide response and extend the reporting made through the General Synod Office.
The Working Group also wished to identify the needs of the Church with respect to developing effective responses to the fifth mark of mission by surveying the current situation regarding environment and sustainability activity and needs in Australian Dioceses.
Of the 23 Dioceses in Australia, 21 Dioceses considered the Canon for Protection of the Environment and 16 have adopted it. Most of these have also established Environment Commissions or equivalent bodies within their Diocese. These include:
Diocese of Perth Anglican EcoCare Commission (Links to be added)
Diocese of Bathurst Task Force for the Environment
Diocese of Grafton Environment Committee
Sydney Diocesan Environmental Initiatives group
Adelaide Diocesan Environment Commission
Newcastle Diocesan Environmental Commission
Melbourne Diocesan Environment Committee
Rockhampton Diocesan Environmental Commission
AngliGreen, Diocese of Brisbane Environment Group
Diocese of Wangaratta Environment Commission
Canberra & Goulburn Diocesan Commission for the Environment
Diocese of Bendigo Environmental Working Group
Diocese of Gippsland (commission name not provided)
Diocese of the Northern Territory (commission name not provided)
Diocese of Ballarat (commission name not provided)
Many parishes are also developing there own environmental initiatives (LOCATION)
ANGLICAN COMMUNION ENVIRONMENT NETWORK AND AUSTRALIAN ANGLICAN ENVIRONMENTAL NETWORK
The Environment Working group identified that maintaining a functioning connection between ourselves and key networks would provide greater capacity for the group’s work. One of the key relevant networks is the Anglican Communion Environment Network (ACEN).
In 1998 the bishops gathered at Lambeth expressed their concern that efforts to address environmental issues be given greater visibility and be better coordinated across the Anglican Communion. The ACEN is an attempt to do just that. After some initial work following ACC-11 in Dundee (1999), the Network received recognition as an official network of the Anglican Communion at ACC-12 in Hong Kong (2002).
• To encourage Anglicans to support sustainable environmental practices as individuals and in the life of their communities.
• To provide information about policies embraced by synods, councils and commissions, and especially by the instruments of Unity (Statements by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Resolutions and Reports of the Lambeth Conference and the Anglican Consultative Council)
• To support local initiatives by providing information about ideas and best practices developed around the communion.
• To share information about resources and initiatives that may be of value to Anglicans everywhere.
• To provide an opportunity for interested Anglicans to meet both as a formal network, and informally via electronic media.
Contact has been established with this network and the Environment Working Group is now receiving regular communications from ACEN.
Coordination of efforts within Australia has been facilitated by appointing Rosie Catt from the AAEN, to join the EWG.
SOME PARISH PROJECTS
Regular items in the Diocesan Newspaper
Two parishes are currently installing solar grids. This was one of the options recommended for consideration by the Task Force but these initiatives are independent of the Task Force’s report. A third parish has undertaken a tree planting program to offset emissions from a new air conditioning system.
* Eco-Care website being developed
* Carbon emission reduction pilot project conducted for Diocesan Offices
* Parish audit material delivered via trained Parish 'Environmental Ambassadors' - over 30 parishes involved
* Hot Gospel six week bible study c/- Felicity Roux, the Perth Diocesan Mission Plan Strategy Leader for 'Environmental Responsibility'
* A number of parishes are involved in paper and/or aluminium can collection for recycling
* Some parishes are involved in growing trees for planting in rural farming communities
Long-term environmental benefits are expected from the strong focus on environmental concerns by the Community Development Manager of Anglicare Victoria Hume Region (Suzie Don-Leonard) in response to drought, bushfires and changing rural economies. An Environmental Committee has established and is providing advice to interested Parishes with respect to environmentally sensitive management of environmental resources.
Economic and social benefits of sustainable building. Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn is the First Church member of the Green Building Council.
Setting guidelines for Diocesan vehicles; Revision of Rectory guidelines along environmentally sensitive line.
There have been notable examples of Parishes within the Diocese which have carried out extensive environmental building programs. There are many other small initiatives happening. It is a major aim of the action strategy to survey all church properties and put this information onto the website to promote what has been done and encourage wider action.
Excellent Water storage scheme at Sprinsure Parish.
* St Philip's, Annerley - regeneration of church grounds, community vegetable garden, contemplative garden walk, rainwater tanks, solar hot water, Clean Up Australia events
* Church of the Holy Spirit, Kenmore/Brookfield - riparian restoration for Richmond Birdwing butterfly, rainwater tanks for garden watering and connected to hall toilets, native memorial garden
* St Clement's on the Hill, Stafford - St Clement's Bushwalkers, native planting, community permaculture garden, Friends of Creation group, environmental hints in pew sheets, energy saving floodlights
* Church of the Good Shepherd, Logan - Nature Education Trail
* St Mark's, Logan - Season of Creation liturgies
* St Luke's, Collingwood Park - rainwater tanks, one connected to toilets, drip irrigation lines from tanks for extensive landscaped grounds, compost heap, environmental audits, creation focus in spring
* St Jude's, Everton Park - rainwater tanks
* All Saints, Arana Hills - native planting, rainwater tanks
* St Hugh's, Inala - community vegetable garden, Clean Up Australia event
* St Bart's, Mt Gravatt - rainwater tanks connected to flushing toilets in hall, native garden, native bee hive
* St James, Toowoomba - rainwater tanks, 2.16 system of photo voltaic cells on hall supplying energy grid, power saving devices
* St Mary's, Redcliffe - ecumenical services for the environment as contribution to Hay's Inlet Festival
* St Peter's, Southport - outdoor chapel
* Church of the Holy Spirit, Algester - rainwater tank, 2.16 system of photo voltaic cells on hall supplying energy grid
* St Michael & All Angels, Moggill/Mt Crosby - rainwater tanks connected to toilets
* St Augustine's, Hamilton - rainwater tank, energy saving floodlights
* St Paul's, Ashgrove - ECO group, local sourcing of fruit and vegetables
* St Mathew's, Gayndah - rainwater tanks St Mark's, Buderim - environmental audits
* SAILS, Buderim - volunteer run programs with environmental conservation focus for disadvantaged, marginalised people
* St Thomas', Ipswich North - use of 100% recycled paper, energy saving lighting
* Church of the Resurrection, Aspley / Albany Creek - rainwater tank, energy efficient lights
* St Matthew's, Holland Park - rainwater tank
* St Andrew's, South Brisbane - underground rainwater tank
* World Environment Day services - Annerley, Stafford, Logan, Redcliffe, Sandgate, Southport, Kenmore/Brookfield, Camp Hill, Ipswich North
* Cannon Hill Anglican College - Environment Committee, riparian revegetation, outdoor chapel
* Hillbrook Anglican College - Sustainability Days * Forest Lake College - newly established AngliGreen group
* St Paul's School- trial school for Climate Smart program, energy audits, Environmental and Sustainability Governance Policy for building design materials and site works, 10Kw solar panel on school roof supplying energy grid, rainwater tanks for irrigation of ovals, turfed areas and gardens, paper and cardboard recycling, environmental education
* St Margaret's Anglican Girls School, Ascot - Season of Creation liturgies, rainwater tanks, Sustainability Committee
* Canterbury College, Waterford - rainwater tanks, runoff dam to irrigate oval, environmental education, anti-litter program, Environmental Responsibility in Charter of Values
* Bush Church Aid, Wishart - rainwater tank, pool cover, compost bin, worm farm, climate smart bulbs
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