October Co Chair Blog Maggie Woods
Recently I made my first visit to Salisbury, something I have wanted to do for a while, I joined the Southampton district day at Salisbury Methodist Church . The theme was New Horizons and has a clear ecological focus. We explored some positive aspects of climate change, we were inspired by an eco warrior and took part in workshops. The church has a lovely wall hanging on the theme of creation that I personally found very inspiring. Our packed lunches were supplemented by some amazing cakes and the discussions shared were thoughtful and positive.
I was particularly impressed with the range of recycling baskets available in the church collecting a wide range of products. The church clearly supported recycling and being eco friendly in a very practical way. Sadly rain prevented me from seeing any of the tourist highlights of Salisbury on this occasion so hopefully I can visit again in the future.
I returned home to a letter from my local council recognising that their recycling services were inadequate in comparison to other districts. I find it extraordinary that in the current climate emergency our approach to recycling should be so hit and miss and with such a wide disparity od services. There is no consistency in the facilities provided for recycling and so much that goes to land fill could be recycled if the right process and plant was available.
As Christians the good stewardship of Gods Earth is a key priority and I was inspired by the depth of understanding and the commitment of the conversations which were held at Salisbury and felt inspired by what we shared. I will certainly share the good things I saw at Salisbury with my local council to inspire them to do better.