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20 Oct 2005: EcoCongregation Meeting
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On Thursday 20 October a discussion/preparatory/facilitating
A good sign: So many people (over 40) turned up, that the meeting had to move from the Parish Rooms, into the church itself. 20 different churches were represented and three different denominations.
Jo Rathbone, the National Coordinator for England for EcoCongregation told people about the scheme:
Representatives from two churches that have already gained an EcoCongregation Award told about their experiences.
From Hurst Green, near Clitheroe we heard
From Holy Trinity, Skipton - who have only just received the award last month, but who have been doing green things since 1996 we saw their display board of activities and heard:
Jo asked for other stories and ideas from people present:
John Anderson from the Shipley and Bingley Methodist Circuit is a local preacher. He told
Questions were received from the floor about Photovoltaic cells. There was strong feeling that these were not yet economically or energetically efficient enough yet. Others said the church ought to take a lead.
However solar panels for water heating are now very efficient and low tech, and it is possible to get small grants from such organisations as Clear Skies.
One church recounted how they are investigating getting a small wind mill.
See www.christian-ecology.org.uk/earthcare.htm for information about Bradford Diocese Earth Care
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