Environmentally a most important event in 2002  is the Earth Summit at Johannesburg in August/ Sept

I do ask CTSN to consider whether it should organise an event in this connection . On the occasion of the previous such event  (Rio, 1992) we had a conference at Spurgeon’s College

 Perhaps this might be combined with  a Croydon Local Agenda 21 presentation 


 Rio 1992 was the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development   which adopted  conventions  on Climate Change, Biodiversity , Sustainable Development ( Agenda 21)  The 2002 summit will assess progress on all these issues


Christian Ecology Link

Christian Ecology Link , with some other groups is planning a leaflet  about the Earth Summit to go to all churches in the spring.

CEL’s twice yearly environmental news sheet  , ChurchLink goes to all CTSN churches . Does yours get put on view or used in your magazine.?  I  wrote to church contacts asking about this, but not all replied. Did you?

 CEL conference   6 July 2002 at Sheffield

“While Stocks Last? Christians, Consumerism and Creation”




Rt Rev James Jones , Bishop of Liverpool ( and once a vicar in Croydon)  is about to start a  4 months sabbatical  to examine the gospels 'in an

 environmental context'



- the Churches’ Environment Programme , produced by Going for Green under the auspices of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland  The first module for the resources under this  scheme is now available for churches .At least one CTSN church has signed up or this Any more?

Eco-Congregation Registration, Going for Green, Elizabeth House, The Pier, WIGAN WN3 4EX




 I may be able to supply further information on some of these items -or you can use the contact  details given. In any case  please keep your congregation informed. Raymond Tringham   204, Beulah Hill SE 19 3UX    Tel 8670 2964









 Croydon Local Agenda 21


Peter McDonald , LA21 community officer, is willing to do another presentation to CTSN .


 Inter Faith Road Show

This is part of a new project involving an inter-faith social and economic network  The second event was to be held on 23 January

(contact: Terry Drummond on 8681 5496)


Farmers Markets  

 These are now being held monthly at New Addington  Central Parade  from 9.30 to 1.30 on the third Saturday . Efforts are being made to find a further site. Watch the press.


European Car Free Day

 is as always on  22 September . Croydon and other boroughs  will hold various events . BUT THIS YEAR IT IS A SUNDAY ! What can the churches do?


Some other LA21 items


Peter Mc Donald writes:

Renewable Energy - we have a government-backed grant to support local projects that use renewable energy (we don't have a figure yet, but is mainly to support groups to go out and raise the money itself). Ideal

for a church or community centre wanting to put in solar  panels or solar heating


Rickshaws - working with Council's business unit and some local businesses to see if we can a pilot a rickshaw taxi service in central Croydon.


Guide to Green living - new edition is better than ever; we can supply100's if required.


Recycling - government targets for recycling levels are increasing, and there will be some money coming through to support this. recycling  unit is expecting to extend the household collection scheme to 10,000

more homes. We are also looking at potential for community projects and social enterprises to run recycling schemes.


Fairtrade: meeting this Saturday 26 January (9.30-1.00pm) in resource Centre at St Mary's Wellesley Road to consider declaring Croydon a Fair Trade Town. It would help if all churches and places of worship

had a policy of buying fair trade tea and coffee, and having a Fair Trade stall. South  Norwood could lead the way