Looking after the environment...
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...
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;
Travel Lightly, developed by All We Can - the Methodist relief and development charity, is a pack of fun-filled and inspiring resources to help children and young people consider how they can travel lightly through life, while understanding the challenges many people face within the world. The pack includes children’s, youth and school resources, as well as a film.
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 this 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. On the projects page, find out about the social enterprise project for schools and groups.
- Greenpeace UK asks people to 'take the plastic pledge' to cut down their plastic footprint (which you can calculate using its tool!) and campaign to cut down on wider plastic use.