This blog – by Hilary in Bristol – is the sixth of a weekly series to launch our One Climate, One World campaign. We can all take small steps to better love our neighbours and care for creation – but it’s hard to know where to start! These blogs show how CAFOD supporters and parishes are playing their part – we’d love to hear what you’re doing too in the comments below.
CAFOD’s work in the developing world is threatened by climate change, so as a CAFOD supporter it’s important to make climate-friendly lifestyle changes.
Ours became a Livesimply parish in December 2012 and receiving the Livesimply award in 2012 was welcome recognition of work done to build friendships and community spirit in the parish. The biggest challenge was making sure as many people as possible were involved so we could keep the Livesimply profile high – a Livesimply Thought for the Week in our newsletter helped do this.
Shout it from the roof!
We installed our 16 solar panels when we were having some roof repairs and there was already scaffolding on the roof. They cost £22,000 to install and we now get free electricity in daylight hours, and about £1,000 a year through the feed-in-tariff (a fee from the government for energy fed into the national grid). It will take a long time before the panels pay for themselves, but in the meantime our electricity bill has fallen. Continue reading