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Our personal stories What prompts people to become actively involved in caring for creation is fascinating. Here are some of our stories:
Sheila is a member of her local Parochial Church Council and Deanery Synod, a volunteer at a local nature reserve and with a “Caring for God’s Acre” project enhancing parts of the church environ for wildflowers and butterflies and is a member of various environmental and nature conservation organisations. As secretary of “Sustainable Bridgnorth” she is helping Bridgnorth become a low carbon community. She was formerly a soil science consultant with ADAS specialising in land restoration and recycling of waste materials.
“I grew up close to the industrial conurbations of South Lancashire at a time when coal was king. I was well aware of the polluting effects of fossil fuel from an early age”
Dr Isabel Carter
Isabel is a former international communications expert with Tearfund and, more recently, was a Trustee and Chair of Operation Noah. She is currently the co-ordinator of a national campaign, “Pray and Fast for the Climate” and a volunteer with school groups in Carding Mill Valley raising awareness of environmental issues with local schools.
"My 'climate epiphany' was listening to Sir John Houghton describe that the temperature difference between an ice age and an interglacial period is just 4 or 5 degrees, and was shocked at the vast difference a few degrees could make. Yet here we are heading for 2 or more degrees of warming"
Mike is a retired vicar and former Social Responsibility Officer with Liverpool Diocese. He is the Chair of the Bishop’s Castle and Clun Climate Change Coalition, which meets monthly and which raises awareness and promotes local responses to climate change. Mike is concerned that the church is not playing an active role in combatting climate change.
Barbara had a passion for the environment from an early age and was a teacher of special needs children. An active member of Christian Ecology Link she started a Christian Ecology Group in Ludlow which lasted for 15 years. Barbara is a member of the Society of Friends (the Quakers) and a participant in the Ludlow Quakers’ Sustainability Group. She has embedded sustainability issues into her home and transport and has supported Leominster’s transition to a Fairtrade Town.
“I have been personally aware of climate change. I note the change in our seasons and the way wildlife has been affected by this. It saddens me greatly.”
David is a former research scientist who worked in both industry and the Civil Service. From 2001 onwards he was involved with the Ludlow Christian Ecology Group and the Quaker’s Sustainability Committee. The Committee has taken a number of practical steps, such as quantifying the carbon footprints of their activities and mitigating the effects.
“I would like to see the churches together taking a much more prominent stand on environmental matters.”
Since 2014 Simon has been the Director of the Marches Energy Agency a Shrewsbury-based charity that addresses sustainable energy fuel poverty and climate change. It works with a wide range of stakeholders including local authorities, the private sector and voluntary and community groups. After 15 years in the Armed Forces Simon was inspired to embrace the challenge of climate change by reading the Stern Report on the economic impacts of climate change and experiencing a vocational calling within a church service 4 months later.
Frances is in her mid-eighties and 'thoroughly retired' but is a committed environmentalist. This commitment is writ large throughout her family, her son works for the RSPB on endangered species and her niece is an expert on renewable energy, whilst her grandson is researching into electric car charging points.
"I got involved with the group because of the absolutely fundamental importance of climate change."
Jeff Glyn Jones
Before retirement, Jeff was an organic dairy farmer who produced and sold ice cream. He currently runs an off-grid permaculture demonstration unit with a circular garden that is symbolic of the world, the seasons and the spiritual and physical components of life, called the CountrySOLE project. He has been a Licensed Reader in the Church of England since 1993.
Dr John Daniels
John is an Anglican Priest who serves as Local Ministry Officer and Warden of Readers in Hereford Diocese. His doctoral research was on remotely-sensed sea surface temperatures and heat dispersal in shallow seas. He is treasurer of Ludlow 21 and on the working group of 'Joy in Enough', a Green Christian initiative to promote a new, environmentally sustainable, economics.
"My concern for environmental issues derives in equal measure from my scientific background and my reading in theology and the history of ideas."
In 2000 Sheila established, and remains the co-ordinator of, Hereford Christian Ecology Group. She was originally inspired by a leaflet issued by the Christian Ecology Group (now called Green Christian) but didn’t become very active until she moved to Hereford in 1997.
"I’m not happy with the label “Green Christian” now, as I think care for creation should be a concern for all Christians, not just a minority interest."
Mike is an Anglican Priest in one of Herefordshire’s market towns. He studied science and engineering and worked in water treatment and environmental protection before ordination. He is a member of the Soil Association and Garden Organic (the Henry Doubleday Research Association) and a keen organic vegetable grower and composter. He owns an electric care and is a stakeholder in a number of renewable energy and sustainable transport projects.
"My technical background means I am always keen for people’s actions and messages in the environmental field to be as much based in fact and evidence as possible."
Mark is Rector of six rural parishes between Hereford and Ross, married with three children. He graduated in chemistry and researched on battery technology and precious metals before training for ordination. His ministry connects him with creation, farming and sustainability and this formed the theme of a sabbatical looking at Christian ecological theology and its contribution to sustainability.
Nick is a self-supporting Anglican Priest and one of the Agricultural Chaplains in the Marches. His day job is Director of the Brightspace Foundation, a local charity that is promoting the concept of a 'Sustainable Route Map' for Herefordshire. He is married with three grown-up children and in his spare time is a keen dancer and an author for the Bible Reading Fellowship.
"In the mid 1990s Marches Energy Agency came to carbon footprint our home. We were four times higher than the average and I felt it was time to take some responsibility."