The Realities of Climate Change - Time is of the essence.
A simple explanation of Climate Change
Questions and answers regarding the existence of Climate Change
Click on the link for an article on the Climate
Crisis written by Diane Marshall (Nancy Denham's sister)
Reflections on the Northern Gateway Pipeline by KAIROS
Statement by the Anglican Bishops of British
Columbia and Yukon concerning the Northern Gateway Pipeline:
Integrity of the
Environmental Impact Review
also see open letter to the Premier by Ms. Robyn
Compassion For Creation
look at this article on the recent Compassion for Creation event at
Christ Church Cathedral
Links to important Sunshine Coast and provincial environmental information here:
Sunshine Coast Conservation
West Coast Environmental Law
Sustainable Coast Biweekly newsletter
Protect the Southern
Strait Glass Sponge Reefs
St. Hilda's is working with several conservation groups to bring
attention to the glass sponge reefs in the Southern Georgia Strait
(particularly the ones near to our Sunshine Coast communities) and to
press for their future protection.
Glass sponge from Mc Call Bank (just off Sechelt) is gingerly held by an
Earth Day performer during the Earth Day festivities in Roberts Creek.
Read local reporter/author, Andrew Scott's
article about the
Sunshine Coast Glass Sponges
View a slide show presentation at the link below. When the download is
complete go to the slide show selection at the top of the viewing pane.
To advance slides hit the ENTER key and press Esc. to leave the show.
Glass Sponge Reefs_SCCA_April 2010.ppt
Also see below for further information.
St. Hilda’s by the Sea Anglican
Church in Sechelt, B.C. is the first parish in the Anglican Diocese
of New Westminster (80 parishes in an area between Hope and
to receive official Green Accreditation.
The Green Parish Accreditation
Program was developed to give recognition to churches that have
demonstrated a strong commitment to environmental stewardship.
Churches have one year to document completion of greening actions
in the following areas: (1) Energy Conservation; (2) Reduce, Reuse and
Recycle; (3) Ground Care and Maintenance; (4) Transportation; (5) Church
Communication; (6) Religious Education, (7) Worship and Liturgy; and (8)
St Hilda’s environmental steward
David Moul oversaw the “greening” process at his church.
He ensured that the recommendations of a 2004 energy audit were
green procurement policy
was adopted for church supplies requiring price comparison with recycled
alternatives and purchase of recycled products available at a cost
within five to ten percent of the cost of the equivalent non-recycled
product. The church stopped the
use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides; and the invasive
species of ivy which had been overwhelming the conifers on the property
is being removed.
To encourage church users to use
alternate forms of transportation Moul had a bicycle rack installed.
As for church communication and education he has an Environmental
Stewardship page on the parish website. Moul also worked
extensively on the Diocesan Environmental Atlas.
The Atlas is an interactive map which allows environmental
stewards to enter useful community environmental information.
Moul made sure that the atlas had all the sensitive habitat
information management (shim) for the
installed. He has entered
numerous data points with useful links to web pages and it serves as a
wonderful educational tool not only for parishioners but for everyone
interested in Coastal environmental concerns.
Note: the atlas must be accessed through Internet Explorer at
Community Mapping Network.
The most rewarding aspect of the
accreditation program, according to Moul, is the eco-justice initiatives
that St. Hilda’s has undertaken.
As Christians, we are to love God and love our neighbour as
ourself. To love God is to
love and respect God’s work i.e creation.
Loving one's neighbour is more than loving family and friends.
In Eco-justice terms our neighbours are: those who are affected
by climate change. Our
compassion and concern are for those who have been hit the hardest and
have had few benefits from the environmental changes occurring, most
often the extreme poor Our
neighbours are the future generations.
We must provide them with ecological sustainability and
sufficient resources for their well being.
We must change our consumptive and destructive lifestyles.
Our neighbours must also include the rest of creation as we are
neighbour to all the variety of life that share the planet. We must care
for biodiversity and for the natural systems that maintain life.
To this end St. Hilda’s are
signatories of the Earth Charter
http://www.earthcharterinaction.org/content/ and has become the
first faith based group to become members of the Sunshine Coast
Conservation Association (SCCA)
Recently, St. Hilda’s
with the support of the SCCA and
as partners successfully took a World Water Day motion, concerning the
human right to have access to clean drinking water and the need to
protect drinking watersheds, to the Town of
District Municipality of Sechelt, the Sunshine Coast Regional District,
and to the Sechelt Indian Band.
In an effort to support biodiversity
they will soon be initiating a campaign with the SCCA to achieve
protective status to the glass sponge reef in the waters off Sechelt.
See slide presentation below.
Below is a photo of Rev
Michael Batten of St. David's, Vancouver (centre) joining St. Hilda's
environmental steward Dave Moul (left) and St. Hilda's priest-in-charge,
Neil Fernyhough (right) receiving plaques designating our parishes as
the first green accredited ones in the diocese. In the background are
Bishop Michael Ingham and societal ministries coordinator David
Dranchuk, who made the presentation at our diocesan synod on Saturday,
As you know we each have a personal responsibility to sustain and
steward creation. The Church asks more. It also promotes
a communal voice at the parish, diocesan and national levels.
It asks us as a community to green our buildings, bring
environmental prayers and issues into our liturgy and reflections,
and to play our part as a church in bringing about transformation
towards a just, sustainable future. See the message from the
Global Anglican Congress on the Stewardship of Creation.
The Diocese of New
Westminster Parish Community Atlas
In 2006 the Environmental Unit from the Diocesan office in
Vancouver hired Quyen Tran (a UBC Geography student) to create and
plot information onto a Diocesan parish map. The base map and
the software came from the
Community Mapping Network. The “atlas” as the project
became to be known has a wealth of information; all stored in
Of prime concern to the various parishes is the interactive feature
of the atlas. Designated persons (usually environmental
stewards) can enter information onto the atlas that may concern
their parish and or the wider community.
As St. Hilda’s environmental steward, I had an opportunity to work
closely with Quyen to help debug the website and to suggest
additions that were of concern to whole Sunshine Coast community.
Those features were added and now, we have a fantastic tool, within
typing reach, on our computers, that we can all use. Until
now, there has never been a single website that covered this amount
of detail for the Sunshine Coast.
Click here for
instructions on how to use the Atlas:
Community Mapping Network.
St. Hilda's is the first
faith based community to become a member of the Sunshine Coast
Conservation Association (SCCA)
"The purpose of the Sunshine
Coast Conservation Association is to preserve the natural biodiversity
of the Sunshine Coast Region for the present and future benefit of
humanity and all life; specifically to:
- Conduct research to inventory and describe our remaining natural
areas with the goal of identifying land and waters important for the
preservation of biodiversity. All information collected will be
freely available to the public.
- Work to retain such lands and waters in a natural state and make
them available for the public enjoyment where possible.
- Raise public environmental and conservation awareness by
sponsoring educational programs and workshops and by building access
infrastructure for low impact recreation."
past this organization has helped preserve marbled murrelet habitat,
in old growth forests, in Jervis Inlet and have been at the
forefront in lobbying for a coast-wide Local Resource Management
Plan (LRMP). The SCCA is an umbrella organization for 16-18
local environmental and conservation groups including: Ruby Lake
Nature Reserve, Sunshine Coast Natural History Society, Sargeant Bay
Society, Native Plant Society of B.C., Tetrahedron Alliance,
Halfmoon Bay Greenways and Francis Point Marine Park Society.
For a complete list and to view the SCCA’s mandate go to
This is an interactive
website for Anglican Churches throughout British Columbia and the
Yukon. Individual parishes can log on to post their commitment to
environmental stewardship. It's a "work in progress". There is still
more material to be added. Your comments and suggestion will be
GreeningSpirit was made possible through a grant
of $5,000 from Environment Canada
(EcoAction Fund) and a grant of $12,000 from the
Anglican Initiatives Fund, Diocese of New
Westminster. The grant provides for development and ongoing
The address is:
See the website
http://www.marinemysteries.ca/ for further information.
View the movie
TED Talk with Naomi Klein;
letter of endorsement
Importance of biodiversity
Environmental risks of using Bottled Water in Plastic containers.
Steward for St. Hilda's By the Sea is David Moul. He
can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.