God of creation, who loves all he has made and all that has evolved,
open the eyes of your people,
that your love might be reflected in our care for the planet.
Through Jesus Christ, who walked this earth and calls us by name.
Amen.

Rt Revd Nicholas Baines
Bishop of Leeds

There is no Planet B

Each month we’re posting some tips on reducing your carbon footprint in Landmark, our parish magazine.

You can also read all of these tips online.


Low-energy lighting

The majority of the lighting in the church and all of the lighting in our Community Centre is low-energy LED, which helps keep our energy usage down.

We also switch off our floodlighting at midnight, which not only reduces energy usage but also reduces light pollution.


We like the flowers, we like the bumblebees

Our churchyard and graveyard are managed in a way which helps promote biodiversity and support local wildlife.


Keeping it under wraps

In our latest refurbishment, our Community Centre was fitted with brand new insulation. This keeps down our heating costs during the winter months and reduces noise pollution for our neighbours.


Recycling at Whitkirk

Where we can’t reduce what we use in the first place, or re-use it as something else, it’s important to recycle materials so that the energy used in their creation can be at least partly reclaimed.

We have on-site collection points for all of our paper, glass and cardboard, and we encourage people using our facilities to take home plastics and cans for recycling.


At the bar

The bar in the Community Centre operates a green buying policy – we actively look for more easily recycled packaging options, and try to keep our deliveries to a minimum. We recycle as much of our packaging as possible, and no longer give out straws (of any kind) except on request.