Looking after the environment...
For children and young people who are passionate about climate justice, please visit the Green Agents of Change page or, to find out more about the programme, email Lynne Norman in the Children, Youth and Family Team.
The 2019 3Generate Manifesto asks the Methodist Church to look after the environment through recycling, using less plastic and picking up litter. Here are a few websites to get you started...
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Download the Methodist Hope in God's Future report.
Visit the Environment page of the Joint Public Issues Team (represents the Baptist Union, The Church of Scotland, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church, helping these denominations work together for peace and justice).
Check out the free survey and resources from Eco Church, designed to equip your church to express your care for God's world - both as a collective church and as individuals making proactive lifestyle choices. Then visit the website of parent organisation A Rocha UK to explore more creative ways of caring for God's world.
A Rocha has also produced Planetwise: Bible Studies, which include leader’s notes, handouts, quizzes and other materials.
Tenants of the King is a Bible-based, Jesus-centred resource from Operation Noah, this four-part study series can help churches consider what the Bible has to say about today’s climate crisis;
Explore resources from All We Can - the Methodist relief and development charity..
The Methodist Church is a member organisation of the British Youth Council, with Youth Reps who attend meetings on behalf of the Church's children and young people. Visit the website to find all recent news on the work of BYC, both nationally and globally, on environmental campaigns.
Campaigning against increasing plastic pollution has been in the news a lot recently. Here are a few websites to get you started finding out more about the problem and ways in which we can cut down on plastic use:
- The Plastic Pollution Coalition offers a handy, easy to read page that outlines the main reasons why we need to cut down on plastic use. It also has a range of 'Plastic free guides' for different audiences and contexts.
- Plastic Oceans aims to instigate change through primarily raising awareness of the issue. The resources page offers an education and discussion guide to use alongside the documentary, A Plastic Ocean, which is available to stream through a number of channels.
- Greenpeace UK has, for a long time, been a leading campaigner on environmental issues. The website includes help to find out how your supermarket ranks in the plastic league table, and tips on reducing plastic use in your own life.
With the iWill Campaign, which exists to encourage youth participation and social action across a number of sectors, young people can sign-up to be iWill Champions, campaigning on environmental issues.
The Youth Nature Network exists to connect, support and inspire young people across the UK with an interest in nature and conservation, and provide a voice for the youth conservation movement.
The John Muir Trust is a conservation organisation that is dedicated to the experience, protection and repair of wild places. The website features some short films about nature, including a series of videos produced by young people themselves.