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SOCIAL JUSTICE AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Ely Cathedral Environment Group (RENEW)

The fifth mark of mission of the Anglican communion is:

  • To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth.

In February 2020, the General Synod of the Church of England resolved to become carbon neutral by 2030. At Ely Cathedral, RENEW seeks to implement this for the Cathedral and associated properties.

The earth is the Lord's and everything in it (Ps24.1)

As Christians and as a Christian community we are called to conserve and care for our planet's complex and fragile ecology and to be good stewards of the earth's resources. We recognise the need to operate in ways that are responsible and sustainable. We also recognise the significant role we can play in our community in fostering sustainable attitudes and actions. We further recognise that this is part of our commitment "to do justice, to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with [y]our God" (Mic 6:8)
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At present, we have achieved A Rocha's Silver Eco Church award.  To maintain that standard, and to take us forward to gold standard, we will:

  • Pledge to conduct our business in responsible ways, assessing the environmental impact of our activities and considering ways in which we can minimise any environmental damage we may cause.
  • Consider how we might replace present unsustainable systems with more ecologically sustainable and socially just alternatives.
  • Encourage all Christians prayerfully to consider and enact lifestyles which promote sustainable, healthy and socially just patterns of consumption for all.

In particular we will:

  • Seek ways in which to reduce the 'carbon footprint' of Ely Cathedral
  • Establish a management infrastructure for environmental performance, including training staff and volunteers, consulting regularly and auditing our progress
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant legislation
  • Ensure energy is used efficiently and wherever possible reduce its use
  • Use renewable energy resources wherever possible
  • Co-operate with local Council initiatives on recycling
  • Dispose of waste in a safe and responsible way
  • Buy products which adhere to principles of fair trade and/or are locally and ethically sourced
  • Encourage use of electronic communications as an alternative to paper as far as possible
  • Take appropriate opportunities to conserve and enhance the natural and built environment of Ely Cathedral and its other properties
  • Be sensitive to the impact of our activities on the local environment by being responsible neighbours and a good employer
  • Look for ways in which to educate and stimulate others in awareness of environmental issues and good practice in addressing them

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