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On 23 March 2002: : Devon Churches Green Action is being formed out of Devon Christian Ecology Group and Devon Churches' Sustainability Working Group (Local Agenda 21) You are invited to the special launch at Exeter Cathedral Visitor centre at 10.30am


Martyn Goss, Ecumenical Social Responsibility Officer
Board for Christian Care (Diocese of Exeter) writes:

Ecological Action with Devon's Churches (1995-2002)

Much of our work has used the JPIC (Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation) process as a theological framework, for which Local Agenda 21 provides an environmental, social and economic action programme. Our overall aim is to create and enhance communities that are inclusive and sustainable, and to this end churches have a strong role to play in providing a vision and practice for living together in difference ways…
- Setting up of Devon Christian Ecology Group (100 members).
    - visits to farms, forests, water plants, schools, projects, gardens, etc.
    - outside worship e.g. coast, Dartmoor, rivers
    - speakers on Animals and Ethics, Urban Environment, Planning, Trees, Genetic Engineering, etc.
    - regular Newsletter
    - support for environmental work in Madagascar (Azafadi Project)
    - Launch of Kingdom 2000 leaflet (Christian Action for the Millennium)
- Support for Community Economic initiatives - LETS, Development Trusts, Credit Unions, Recycling Network, Community Businesses, Composting, Organic Farms, etc.

- World Development Team - Jubilee 2000 Campaign, Fairtrade, Landmines, Arms Sales, One World Week, Global Links, Mission Agencies Forum

- Promotion to churches of Manifesto 2000 with United Nations Association

- Training workshops on 'Green Economics'

- Attendance at BSR/CEL conferences in London

- Ethical Investment meetings held in Plymouth and Exeter
- Carlton Television 'Illuminations' programmes on Church and Ecology (January 2001)

- Support for Eco-Congregation initiative (Ottery St. Mary, Tiverton, etc.)

- Meaningful Funerals Workshops and Lecture in Exeter and Plymouth

- Developing contacts with others such as 'Forum for the Future', 'Going for Green', Global Action Plan, Permaculture Groups, REEP, Christian Ecology Link, and others

- Work of Devon Churches' Sustainability Working Group (Local Agenda 21):
    - Promotion of partnership action in local communities (e.g. Community Plans)
    - 10 Creation, Community and Church Newsletters (circulation 500+)
    - Study Day at Exeter Cathedral supported by Church Leaders (300 attended)
    - Green Theology Book published and discussed
    - Training Workshops for 28 people at Buckfast Abbey
    - 66 articles sent to 100 Church Magazine Editors
    - Presentations and talks given to local church groups
    - Acts of Worship held in Exeter and Plymouth (also broadcast on Radio Devon 1997)
    - Series of leaflets produced:
      Churches Introduction to LA21
      Green Burials
      Millennium and Jubilee for Devon
      Ethical Investment
      Choose Life! (Worship Material)
    - Resources Bank for church audits, training, displays, etc.
    - Networking with Devon 21, Local Authorities, Health Agencies, Voluntary Organisations, Community Council, Devon Action, West DEN, etc.
    - Book on 'Sustainable Devon' published (700 copies distributed)
    - Response to consultations - DETR, RDA, DCC, Local Plans, Environment Agency
    - Attendance at European Ecumenical Assemblies (Graz), involvement in European Christian Environmental Network attendance (Vilemov, Czech Republic and Raubichi, Belarus)
    - "Farming our Future" conference at Axminster (November 2001)
    - Planning Devon Earth Summit Banquet (July 2002)
    - Work on engagement with Sustainability Summit (South Africa, Sept. 2002)
- Various posters on green issues - "Keep Devon Special", Environmental 10 Commandments, Budget for Justice, Sustainable Community…

- Food for Thought
    - Engagement of 24 schools through work on school meals, growing food at school, farm visits, overseas trade, community links, local composting
    - Extravaganza Day at Exeter Cathedral with 330 children using Drama, Workshops and other activities
    - 'Our Daily Bread'. 500 participants at Cathedral with speakers Tim Lang, Vandana Shiva, Tim Gorringe; Workshops; Farmers' Market; stalls; displays; locally produced lunch; worship; etc. Supported by 6 Devon Church Leaders.
    - New local Food Projects (Food Links, Community Service Agriculture, Schools work; Reference Groups: Growers' Marketing)
    - Support for Devon Food Links and SW Food PartnershipConference
    - 6th Form Conference, Colyton, East Devon (Autumn 2001)
    - New leaflet on Food and Faith (Spring 2001)
    - Proposed Devon Food Network
    - Farm Gate Directory published (February 2002)
    - Schools visit to GAIA centre (Summer 2002)
    - Possible employment of 'Food for Thought' education worker
- Church and Community Projects
    - St. Michael's, Princetown - proposed study centre for theology and ecology
    - Care And Rural Environment, Stoke Canon - tree planting, support for local shops, composting, seconds sales
    - St. Sidwell's, Exeter - conversion of parish church to Healthy Living Centre with low-energy flats, chapel, community café, offices, workshops, community garden, wildlife conservation
    - Credit Union support in Plymouth, Exeter, Kingsbridge, Barnstaple, South Molton, Totnes, Exmouth, Dartmoor, etc.
    - Churchyard Conservation schemes - Mary Tavy, Exeter, Brixham
    - Poverty Action Groups, Barnstaple, Ilfracombe, Torridge - emergency accommodation, food vouchers, fuel poverty
    - Devon Churches' Race Relations Group, Torquay - addressing racial justice issues across Devon
    - St. Aubyn's, Plymouth - Twelve's Company Project (community café, food co-operative, Breakfast Club, Food Worker, family support)
Martyn Goss, Ecumenical Social
Responsibility Officer
Board for Christian Care (Diocese of Exeter)
96 Old Tiverton Road, Exeter, Devon, EX4 6LD, England
Tel: 01392-278875/Fax: 01392-427227/e.mail: martyn@Christiancare.freeserve.co.uk

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