As an individual
Try out some lifestyle changes which will drop your carbon footprint. At a certain stage in the next few months, we will have a pledge mechanism available through which you can make firm pledges.
See here for suggestions.
Keep your motivation up by reading about climate change, and by finding ways to make your decisions realistic, eg, delicious vegetarian recipes, installing reliable video-conferencing facilities on your PC so you don’t have to travel as much, organising car-pooling with colleagues, finding beautiful holiday destinations you can reach by train.
See here for ARRCC’s Eat Less Meat Facebook page.
Give yourself credit for any changes you have already made and for the further choices you are making now. Carbon footprint measuring tools will soon be available to assist you in this. For an idea of what you could achieve, have a look at the carbon savings from some sample lifestyle changes we have researched.
Ask a faith leader with whom you have a connection to get involved, or spread the word in your faith community. It may help to print out some copies of our Living the Change leaflet.
Come along to an event celebrating our collective Living the Change achievements in October.
As a faith leader
Read the Interfaith Statement signed by hundreds of faith leaders before the international climate talks in 2017: "Walk on Earth Gently".
Try out some lifestyle changes which will drop your carbon footprint (as above).
Find ways of communicating why you are making your commitments to your congregation and larger audiences, such as speaking to congregations and writing articles on making lifestyle changes and/or the Living the Change initiative in your community’s newsletters.
Get help with making a 2 or 3-minute video clip of yourself talking about your motivations for being involved, preferably relating to your spiritual beliefs. See some examples of what has been produced already here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXJigjnr7_4&list=PL79bs3dT27WQpOxTcIJtDqjJT-43ngoVG&index=2
Come along to an event celebrating our collective Living the Change achievements in the second week of October.
As a community
Switch to 100% GreenPower through Powershop or simply through your own energy provider; or put a large array of solar panels on buildings owned by your church/synagogue/temple/mosque.
See here for ARRCC’s GreenPower fact sheet.
ARRCC is setting up a partnership with solar installers who can assist your community to install solar panels. More information on that soon.
You could get an audit done, or you could simply take a common sense look at all the ways your faith community uses energy and, for example, make these changes:
- Switch off any urns which are chugging away 24/7. They burn through bucket-loads of electricity.
- Replace lighting with LED lights.
- Install sensor lighting in toilets.
- Switch off flood-lighting at night. The evidence is mixed regarding how well it keeps away intruders.
- Switch of any second fridge or freezer.
- Replace old air conditioners with energy efficient ones, or at least regularly clean filters.
- Use crockery rather than throw-away items and tap water rather than bottled water.
Measure and publicise the drop in carbon footprint to your community, and celebrate it. Carbon footprint measuring tools will soon be available to assist you in this.
Host an event celebrating our collective Living the Change achievements in the second week of October, or come along to an event near you.