Launch of the Church of England National Investing Bodies Extractive Industries Policy and Ethicla Investment Advisory Group (EIAG) Advice and theological reflections.
The newly released Extractive Industries: Ethical Investment Policy of the Church of England National Investing Bodies.
The policy was launched 6 November
source David Shreeve Nov 2017
Hundreds of organisations are now giving advice on specific changes that we can make to our lives. Environmental stories are now constantly in the news, and the magnitude of the challenges we face are perhaps becoming clearer, but this can bring about a feeling of bewilderment. Vast amounts of knowledge of products and regulations would help, but our time and money are limited. How can we choose the best approach?
A simple strategy for environmental decision making
Given that the resources local churches have are finite, it’s important to get the best outcome you can for a minimum investment of time and money.
Define your goals and constraints clearly. Make a list, ideally with a group of people, to identify all your options; rank them, placing those which give the best results for the least investment of money and effort at the top of this list. This gives you a hierarchy of options, with best value at the top, so that you can work down until the benefits are no longer to felt to justify the costs.
How might this work in practice?
A) Refurbishment of an existing church building
As an example, consider a project to refurbish and improve an existing church. The building might be old, the boiler obsolete, and the fabric of the building in poor condition. Your list of suggestions may be very large, but among the items you might typically find the following:
This is a small but dedicated group, welcoming membership from anyone determined to improve the critical and unbalanced relationship between God's creation and his people. Practical activites led by the group include a paper for the Parsonages Committee on Solar PV, architect training partnered with DAC, advice to individual parishes and even a diocesan requiem walk for the Industrial Growth society. The group produces and recommends resources. Invitations to share perspectives (fr example in tlak and workshops) are welcomed and encouraged.