Environment

Care for the environment

Caring for the whole of creation is core to the work of the Church as a whole. It forms a core part of our diocesan Vision, as well as the Anglican five marks of mission.

We are living in times when there are significant challenges that society needs to negotiate in terms of caring for natural resources. The thriving of creation is both important for its own sake, and deeply interconnected with the physical and spiritual wellbeing of all people.

As a Diocese we have made a commitment to be carbon neutral by 2030, agreed by Diocesan synod in 2020 and in line with the national Church of England commitment.  We are also working on broader environmental commitments through the EcoChurch Award scheme. We were awarded our Bronze Eco-Diocese award in February 2021 and are now working towards Silver.

The EcoChurch Award scheme

The EcoChurch Award scheme is a significant tool to keep us focussed, as we seek to live more sustainably as part of God’s creation, and work towards our goal to become carbon neutral by 2030.

We are committed to caring for the environment and supporting the work of local and national environmental organisations, and working in partnership with other organisations where our values and priorities coincide.

Get involved: Resources and downloads

 

Downloads

Local church environment policy action plan (Word doc)
Environment Policy 2021 (minor amendments to be ratified by Diocesan Synod) (updated annually)
Environment roundup – stories of working to protect our environment
Outdoor worship resource list
Operation Noah Lecture 2/3/13
Forest Church booklet
Green Christian (Cheltenham)

Cate Williams Environment

Environmental Engagement Officer – The Revd Cate Williams

Tel. 07394 057087
Email: 

Arthur Champion

Diocesan Environment Advisor – The Revd Arthur Champion

Tel: 07955 475303
Email: 

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Useful links:

Environmental liturgy
Young Christian Climate Network
Sustainable Preaching
A Rocha church eco scheme
‘Shrinking the Footprint’
Churchyards (making the most of and looking after)
Forest Church
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Green Christian (National)
Greenpeace
John Ray Initiative
Operation Noah
Eco Church South West (Dioceses, CofE)
Transition Towns
Vision 21

Our Vision seeks engagement to live out Christ’s love and hope by: “Being advocates for human flourishing, through initiatives which combat injustice, environmental destruction, exclusion and isolation.”