There's been a lot in the news recently about global warming - from Sir David Attenborough's Our Planet series to the BBC's War on Plastic. Alarm bells are certainly starting to ring... and there's very little time for us to change our ways.
Whose responsibility is it to bring about change? The Government? Business? Individuals? All have a large part to play, but as churches we should surely be taking the lead.
The problem is we've got all too happy with the status quo. Modern living tells us that we should always be wanting more. Over the coming decades we're going to have to learn where it's okay to want more, and when it's essential to expect less.
What has this got to do with church websites? Surely they contribute very little to global warming.
The biggest thing to consider is electricity consumption. The more data that is needed, the great the power consumption. Large images, sermons and videos all require larger amounts of data. Bigger data means the batteries on our phones get used up quicker; the hosting of the website needs to do more, and more data needs to be sent via phone networks and WiFi.
The responsible thing is to consider how to reduce data.
Here are some suggestions:
At In The Flock we'd like to start taking measures to improve the environment. We're a small company and we already tithe, we can't do this without our customers wanting to help too.
If you'd like even more information, we recommend checking out the EcoChurch section of A Rocha's website.