Saturday, February 11, 2017

Eco Action Day – Report via RFF

On Saturday February 4th, Vine Church hosted an Eco Action Day at their Holstock Road Community Halls. Over 40 volunteers from all sections of the Ilford community most with no church connections came along to help. In the morning, volunteers with no specific previous experience learned how to carry out simple DIY jobs aimed at making the buildings more energy efficiency. Jobs included –
  • fitting loft insulation in the community house
  • putting aluminium reflector panels behind outside wall radiators
  • replacing old incandescent light bulbs with new energy efficient LED bulbs
  • lagging the pipes from the gas boilers
  • putting temporary secondary glazing on an outside door to prevent heat loss
  • insulating doors to prevent draughts
  • sorting out the compost bins in the garden and putting the mulch on the beds
  • planting an apple tree
  • repairing broken gutter in the garden
Guests and volunteers enjoyed a lunch of hot vegetarian soup, while joining in community singing. The food was prepared by volunteers from Transition Ilford and Vine Church.

During the lunch hour, songs were sung about care for the environment, led by Redbridge Music Lounge. The Mayor of Redbridge and MP Mike Gapes were present to help emphasise the importance of caring for all that we love but could lose to climate change. Green hearts were given out to mark the beginning of the national for the love of campaign. It is an annual celebration of all that we love but could lose to climate change.

Mayor of Redbridge, Mike Gapes MP, Rev Ackroyd of Vine Church , Rev Hemeratana of Ilford Buddhist Centre and Bushra Tahir of Avaaz wearing Green hearts badges to show their commitment to the national for the love of campaign of care for the environment.

Mike Gapes MP in his comments referred to the petitions that hundreds of local Ilford people had sent him in November to encourage the government to ratify the Paris Climate Change agreements.

In the afternoon, over 40 local people stayed to hear Donnachadh McCArthy of 3 Acorns share an eco tips for your home workshop, to learn ways to make our homes more energy efficient and saving money at the same time.

The event was organised by Vine United Reformed Church who look after extensive but old buildings in Central Ilford. It was supported with the help of Amey, Redbridge Recycling team, Redbridge Faith Forum, The Redbridge Volunteer Centre, Transition Ilford, Sophia Hubs, Avaaz.

City bridge Trust gave the grant for the initial Eco Audit carried out by 3 Acorns to look at how community organisations can care better for their buildings.

As the mayor Cllr Bhamra emphasised in his speech - "Here in Ilford we are showing how we care for our community buildings and demonstrate how we can make them more energy efficient". Like all faith communities the Vine United Reformed Church tries to be a welcoming place. Through its community buildings it tries to reach out to people in the local area. It welcomes 18 user groups. Over 500 people visit the premises each week and the buildings are used daily. But like all old buildings it was built by different generations, in a different era when there was different awareness of the role fossil fuels played in destroying our climate.

He said that in Redbridge "we all need to work together in practical ways to care for our environment".

Reproduced from the Redbrdge Faith Forum Newsletter

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