Saturday, October 10, 2015
What exactly is a carbon footprint?

Carbon footprintA carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions caused directly and indirectly by an individual, organisation, event or product (UK Carbon Trust 2008). 

The most common greenhouse gases are water vapour, carbon dioxide and methane and they are called greenhouse gases because they trap the sun’s heat within the earth’s atmosphere warming the earth. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the most important greenhouse gas for us to reduce and is measured in tonnes.

Human-kind’s emissions of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere lead to all sorts of environmental effects including melting the ice in our polar regions, reducing the extent of glaciers, altering our climate and contributing to rising sea levels.

Once  we know what our carbon footprint is, then we begin to discuss and make firmer plans to reduce it.

The Church of England has a ‘Shrinking the Footprint’, details of which can be found at

St Peter’s carbon footprint

At the moment we do not have any measure of St Peter’s carbon footprint, although we can be fairly sure that implementing our environmental plan will help its minimisation.  The green team is currently discussing a project designed to calculate St Peter’s carbon footprint.

Sunday Worship
8.00 am Holy Communion (said) - Book of Common Prayer
9.30 am Holy Communion (sung) - Common Worship with crèche and Junior Church
  Second Sunday - All-age service with orchestra
11.30 am Choral Mattins - Book of Common Prayer (service of morning prayer led by a choir)
6.30 pm Choral Evensong - Book of Common Prayer (service of evening prayer led by a choir)
9.00 am Morning Prayer in the Lady Chapel (about 30 mins)

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Greening the Church Meetings
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Meetings usually last for up to 90 minutes. If meetings on Wednesday or Thursday evenings are likely to be difficult for you in 2010, and you want to participate in these meetings, please let Dennis Parker know (

Join Us

Are you thinking of trading in your SUV for a hybrid?

Do you routinely use reusable shopping bags?

Do you use recycled paper in your printer?

Are you trying to avoid purchasing products encased in large amounts of packaging?

Have you switched to low energy light bulbs and a green energy supplier?

Are you routinely sorting your waste into recycling containers of different kinds?

Do you sometimes cycle or walk rather than driving?

Do you know the arguments for and against carbon offsetting?

Are you considering offsetting the carbon emission consequences of your next flight?

Do you see the link between religion and environmentalism?

If any of these sort of issues interest you, why not join us in helping to move the green community initiative forward ?  You can join by contacting either Dennis Parker ( or Sally Martin ( and/or by just coming along at any time to one of the evening meetings organised in 2009 to take the initiative forward.  

The dates and other details of these meetings are given above.  You can commit yourself to just as little or as much as you want.  You can just give your view if you wish, or you can help organise some of the actions which we are planning to take forward in 2009 and beyond, and you can help shape these initiatives at the same time.  If you have no experience of environmental issues, then it does not matter.  However, if you have experience of them, come along and let us learn from your experience.


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