Environment Survey: Caring for Our Common Home

In March 2019 Bishop John wrote to everyone in our diocese calling on them to play their part in responding to the climate and ecological crisis, he asked us all to ‘think global, act local’ and highlighted the positive impact that we can have by making changes to help the environment. We have seen a lot of great work happening across the Diocese, for which we are very grateful. We have also been progressing work at the Laudato Si Centre and are currently developing an environment plan for the Diocese.
We would like to hear your views and ideas to help shape our environmental plan and environmental work. We are also interested to explore the level of environmental awareness and commitment across the Diocese. If you want to get involved please contact decarbonisation@dioceseofsalford.org.uk

We are also working on a project to develop a framework for the Catholic Church towards carbon neutrality and a more sustainable future. Your feedback will help to inform this work.

The survey should take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. All responses are anonymous.

Your honest feedback is very valuable to us.

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* 1. How important do you think care for the environment is to the Catholic faith?

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* 2. How concerned are you about the climate and ecological crisis?

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* 3. How important is care for the environment in your own religious practice?

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* 4. Which three of the following do you feel has the strongest influence on your views about the environment? Please rank from 1 to 3, with one being the strongest influence.

  1 2 3
Academics/ scientists
Advertisements
Celebrities
Church groups
Family members
Friends
Government
Local Government
Media
Parish Priest
Pope Francis
Teachers / school
Work colleagues

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* 5. How important is it that the Diocese of Salford shows leadership towards other parts of society on the environment?

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* 6. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the statement: The Diocese of Salford should lead our community in addressing challenges to the environment?

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* 7. Please rank the following in order of which you feel are the most serious environmental issues facing us here in the Diocese of Salford, with 1 being the most serious and 15 being the least.

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* 8. Are there any other environmental issues considered to be serious to the Diocese of Salford that are not listed in question 7 above?

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* 9. What do you currently do to care for the environment? (please tick all that apply)

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* 10. What is stopping you from doing things to help care for the environment?

  Strongly Agree Agree Neither Agree Nor Disagree Disagree Strongly Disagree
I don't understand what to do
I don't know where to start
Costs too much money
It has nothing to do with my faith
I do not have the time
I do enough already
N/A
Other

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* 11. What do you think will help you do more to care for the environment?

  Strongly Agree Agree Neither Agree Nor Disagree Disagree Strongly Disagree
Information about how to care for the environment
Being more aware of the environmental benefits, such as clean air or cost savings
Being more aware of community benefits
Special liturgies and homily themes on caring for the environment
Support through local eco-groups / committees
Applying for the Live Simply award (https://cafod.org.uk/Campaign/Livesimply-award)
Learning from others such as friends and neighbours about their environmental actions and activities
Community eco-projects / events
Purchasing eco-products through the community
Other

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* 12. I would be interested in attending events to learn more about the following

  Interested Maybe interested Not interested
The environment in scriptures, Laudato Si and other papal writing
Energy reduction
Renewable energy and community renewable energy
Climate change
Gardening for wildlife
Waste reduction
Food and the environment
Wildlife in the Diocese of Salford
Biodiversity
Setting up an eco-committee
Young adults forum
Environmental leadership training

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* 13. The Diocese is drafting an environmental plan that will help to deliver change across the Diocese. Do you agree or disagree with the following?

  Strongly Agree Agree Neither agree nor disagree Disagree Strongly disagree
Setting a target to reduce carbon emissions
Setting up ecogroups / committees
Environmental education programme across diocesan parishes and schools
Sacramental programmes to include the environment
Curriculum related environment programme
Seeing more greenspaces for wildlife
Growing more local food
Installing solar panels on churches and schools
Providing electric vehicle charging facilities
Providing facilities to support cycling
Planting trees across diocesan parishes and schools
Supporting community energy, such as developing renewable energy schemes that the community can buy shares in
Supporting local businesses
Hosting eco-events and exhibitions
Working across the Catholic church to share learning
Working with local councils to provide facilities to support sustainable living (cycle routes, recycling etc)
Engaging in interfaith networks for shared learning

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* 14. What are the top five things to prioritise from question 13?

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Setting a target to reduce carbon emissions
Setting up ecogroups / committees
Environmental education programme across diocesan parishes and schools
Sacramental programmes to include the environment
Curriculum related environment programme
Seeing more greenspaces for wildlife
Growing more local food
Installing solar panels on churches and schools
Providing electric vehicle charging facilities
Providing facilities to support cycling
Planting trees across diocesan parishes and schools
Supporting community energy, such as developing renewable energy schemes that the community can buy shares in
Supporting local businesses
Hosting eco-events and exhibitions
Working across the Catholic church to share learning
Working with local councils to provide facilities to support sustainable living (cycle routes, recycling etc)
Engaging in interfaith networks for shared learning

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* 15. Where would you like to see more information about caring for the environment?

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* 16. What one thing would you like the Diocese to do to help the environment?

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* 17. Any additional comments?

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