Supporters of Christian Ecology Link (CEL) are pledging to cut their own greenhouse gas emissions to only 15 per cent of the UK average - bringing down each person's carbon dioxide output to no more than a tonne and a half per year.
CEL insist that this is the maximum level likely to be necessary for sustainability.
“It is not going to be easy,” said CEL's Barbara Echlin, “But as Christians, we believe we have a moral responsibility to do all in our power to preserve the world’s life support systems, for the benefit of all people now and in the future, and for the sake of all God’s creation."
At their Annual Members' Meeting on 6 November, they will launch the Ecocell 2 study pack, aimed to equip those members who choose to make the 15 per cent commitment. The pack has been in development for the last year. The study programme will be rolled out in early 2011.
Jo Rathbone, formerly a coordinator for EcoCongregations, will speak at the meeting, to support the new programme and boost members' interest in greening churches.
"As a household we are on target to get our transport emissions down to 0.5 tonnes CO2 per person this year,” explained one CEL member who committed to significant carbon reduction this year, “We are hoping for a substantial reduction in our domestic fuel emissions this year - as against last year, when our figure was 1.3 tonnes CO2 per person... We hope for nearly a 50 per cent reduction this year”.
Christian Ecology Link believes that humans are responsible for their impact on God's creation as a whole. They aim to help members to understand and relate these responsibilities to their faith, so that members can then encourage others in their local churches to think seriously about these issues.