CLEAN AIR & FAITH FOR THE CLIMATE

St John’s is committed to ensuring the Church of England responds swiftly and meaningfully to climate change.

CLEAN AIR CAMPAIGNING

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’re working hard to raise awareness about air quality in and around Lambeth. In 2017 St John’s was proud to become a Climate Steward Partner, and we’re now committed to offseting unavoidable carbon emissions by supporting sustainable projects worldwide. St John's is also the holder of a Silver Eco-Church Award for its work on the environment.

In the above photo, congregation members and servers calculate their carbon footprint.

Clean air and pollution will be explored at our 2018 Waterloo Festival. On June 13th 2018, St John’s will host Living Lab, an interactive display organised by Professor Prashant Kumar of the University of Surrey, that examines how pollution affects the daily lives of Londoners.

 

FAITH FOR THE CLIMATE

Faith for the Climate is an interfaith network of 90 faith based organisations and individuals working on climate change. St John's was a founder member of the Faith for the Climate network in 2014, and hosts the secretariat, Chaired by Canon Giles Goddard.  
 
In 2014 we helped to organise the Pilgrimage to Paris at the time of the Paris COP, and since then the network has held two very successful interfaith Symposia (conferences), bringing together Bishops, Rabbis, Imams and people of all faiths to provide thought leadership on how faith communities respond to environmental challenges. In the words of one of our speakers: "Only when we think as one humanity can we save this planet."
 

Our first Interfaith Symposium was held at St John's Waterloo in 2016, and was covered by both The New Statesman "Meet the Interfaith Environmentalists" and The Church Times "Interfaith climate activists are urged to unite for their cause," and broadcast live on ES London Live.

Our second Symposium was held in 2018 at the Liberal Jewish Synagogue, St John's Wood, at which Lord Deben, Chair of the Committee on Climate Change addressed 100 faith community participants. 

When asked what they most valued about the evening, participants said Seeing joint action from faiths that transcends religious and country boundaries” and “It was inspiring and encouraging seeing people from different faiths gathered together with a shared concern for the planet.”

We are delighted to have received start up funding from GreenFaith, matched by our network members, to employ our first network co-ordinator and to partner in Living the Change. To find out more about our work, please contact lizzie@faithfortheclimate.org.uk, and you can follow us on Twitter at @fftcnetwork

 

CANON GILES GODDARD

Giles Goddard, vicar of St John’s Waterloo, is a member of the Church of England's General Synod, and the C of E's Environment Working Party.   

In 2014, he presented a motion to the General Synod, calling for leadership on the issue of climate change. The Synod voted overwhelmingly in favour of the motion. Goddard said: “This vote proves that there is a hunger for us to do more on climate change as a church. But this is not the end, it’s the beginning.”   

In February 2018 he was responsble for an amendment to the General Synod motion which committed the Church of England to a back-stop of 2023 for disinvesting from companies not prepared to align with the goals of the Paris agreement on climate change.