BE Green - Challenges

WASTE LESS FOOD

Food production and distribution are major contributors to global warming and climate change, yet one third of the food the world produces is wasted.

We can all help to reduce food wastage.

We are each challenged to take stock throughout this week. any food thrown away in your home - both food uneaten and 'out of date’ food?

Week 10  -  This week make a note of what food do you bin?

Week 11 - Why do we waste food? Make a commitment as a family to reduce the food wastage in our home.

Challenge 8 - Eat Simply and feel hunger:

Next Friday (6th March) is the CAFOD Lent Family Fast Day, when we are challenged to “live in solidarity with the poor.”

Will you purposefully eat less at one or more meal-times during that day, so you feel what it is actually like to be hungry?

Will you then back that up by placing what you save in to the envelope supplied to help CAFOD’s work with people who endure hunger every day? 

(Envelopes should be brought to Mass on the 8th March and put in with the collection.)

CHALLENGE 7 - FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT

LET’S BE FAIR!  

To tie in with Fairtrade Fortnight 2020, which starts next week, each Parishioner is challenged to find out more about the Fairtrade Scheme – see below – and to buy / try at least one Fairtrade product. Find out more by clicking here.

The Fairtrade Foundation was founded by CAFOD and 5 other charities in 1992 to help farmers and workers in the poorest countries secure a fair price for the goods they produce. The video below explores the chocolate industry and how Fairtrade are helping

 

We are also actively encouraging the groups that use The Fisher-More Hall to buy / serve only Fairtrade products.

CHALLENGE 6 : FLICK THE SWITCH

Flick the switch: No household to have lights on needlessly; if a room is unoccupied, turn the lights off … though this is always subject to safety and security considerations

CHALLENGE 5 - WALK OR CYCLE TO CHURCH SUNDAY

On the final Sunday of every month throughout 2020, we are challenging all Parishioners who are able, to walk or cycle to Church.

If you have walked or cycled, when you arrive at Church you can record that by placing a green counter in the receptacle

 We will monitor the number of people walking/cycling and hope to report back that the numbers increase as the months go by.

If you are not able to walk to Church, you can join in by saying a prayer for the millions of women and children who have to walk long distances every day to fetch water for their family.

UPDATE

The table below shows the Green Travel day and the number of people who walked, cycled or used public transport. 

 Date

Number
taking
part

Note
 26.1.2020 149   Excludes those using public transport.
 23.2.2020  90  Includes those using public transport

 

Notes: The 23rd February was a very stormy day, and was also the last day of the school half term - this may have had an impact on the number of people both attending Mass and those walking to Mass

CHALLENGE 4 - DONATE A BAG OF GOOD TO CHARITY

Start date 19th January - end date 2nd February

Each Parish household to donate at least one bag of surplus clothing, books or household items to Nugent, Hospice for Africa or Jospice

charitybagsFeb2020UPDATE

On arriving at church on Sunday 2nd February 2020 those who donated bags placed a blue counter in a collection box. This revealed that an impressive 142 bags of surplus clothing, books or household items were delivered to Nugent, Hospice Africa or Jospice. A magnificent effort. 

We will be repeating this challenge later in the year.

CHALLENGE 3 - ARE YOU AN ENVIRONMENTAL SAINT OR SINNER?

To measure our success in galvanising change, we will be surveying the Parish at the start and at the end of 2020. Please take part in the ‘start’ survey at Mass on 12th January… are you an environmental saint or sinner?

UPDATE

291 saint or sinner surveys were completed. To read an analysis of these surveys click here

CHALLENGE 2 - PCT PAPERLESS MEETINGS

The Parish Core Team have been challenged to hold paperless meetings. The first test being on 8th January 2020 

UPDATE

The Parish Core Team meeting on Wednesday 8 January was “not quite paperless, but involved a lot less paper than previously.

The  Resettlement Group meeting in January was completely paperless - well done to them!

 

CHALLENGE 1 - END DATE 14TH JANUARY 2019

To ease us into the project, we are starting with a modest challenge - to recycle every Christmas card we received.

There will be containers at the back of Church for the next two Sundays for all your cards

UPDATE - END JANUARY 2019

Just short of 19,500 of your Christmas cards have now been recycled by the Just & Peace Youth Group and others. Thank you