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Jars For Journeys – contribute 10c each time for Bishops’ Appeal projects

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The Church of Ireland Bishops’ Appeal, Eco-Congregation Ireland and the Representative Church Body of the Church of Ireland (RCB) are joining forces to promote the Lenten initiative #Jars4Journeys

Money raised will go towards helping those affected by the results of climate change through the Greenbelt movement in Kenya which plants trees and supports women’s empowerment, conservation farming training for self-help groups in Ethiopia with Tearfund and solar powered ovens in Bolivia with Christian Aid.

Bishops’ Appeal Education Advisor Lydia Monds said: “We are inviting people to save an old jam jar or other recyclable container and every time they make a journey that is not by foot or by bike, they can donate to offset the impact of their carbon footprint.  The money raised will go towards three conservation projects around the world that support and help build resilience in communities who are most affected by climate change.  Bishops’ Appeal and the RCB are match-funding the first €1,000/£1,000 raised.  Join us this Lent in being mindful of the impact of our lifestyles on others and on all of creation.”

Three projects will be supported:

solar-powered ovens for Amazonian communities adversely affected by climate change in Bolivia (Christian Aid);
conservation farming for self-help groups affected by drought in Ethiopia (Tearfund Ireland); and
tree planting and water harvesting for communities affected by unpredictable rainfall, drought and deforestation in Kenya (Green Belt Movement).

Anyone can take part in #Jars4Journeys by downloading jam jar labels at www.bishopsappeal.ireland.anglican.org/campaigns/climate-change and donating every time a journey is taken by car, bus, tram, train or airplane.

Bishops’ Appeal regularly funds projects that build resilience for communities who are most affected by climate change.  Eco-Congregation Ireland has a vision to see churches throughout the island of Ireland adopt an eco-approach to worship, lifestyle, property and finance management, community outreach and contact with the developing world.  The RCB has undertaken a number of environmental initiatives including ‘keep cups’ for staff, beehives at the RCB offices and joining the Climate Action 100+ investment initiative.

Four Bible studies on the theme of care for creation have been published by Bishops’ Appeal (available from www.bishopsappeal.ireland.anglican.org/pray) and Eco-Congregation Ireland provides further practical and spiritual resources at www.ecocongregationireland.com/modules

The Parish Resources section on the Church of Ireland website includes information on helping parishes to improve their environmental sustainability: www.ireland.anglican.org/parish-resources

Monies collected should be processed through parish accounts and then sent to Church House marked for Jars4Journeys and cheques made payable to The Bishops Appeal.

Money raised will go towards helping those affected by the results of climate change through the Greenbelt movement in Kenya which plants trees and supports women’s empowerment, conservation farming training for self-help groups in Ethiopia with Tearfund and solar powered ovens in Bolivia with Christian Aid.

For more information contact Gillian Purser or Valerie Power – Bishops’ Appeal Diocesan representatives.

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