Environment and climate justice

The Diocese of Bristol is committed to addressing the environmental challenges that our community faces and in November 2019 declared a climate emergency. As part of this the diocese is working towards achieving a net zero carbon position by 2030.

Climate change may be the most serious issue ever faced by human communities. All forms of life across the planet are threatened and the poorest nations are set to suffer most, that's why this is a justice issue.


Diocesan Environment and Climate Justice Policy - behind this the Diocesan Board of Finance has adopted a full implementation plan and parishes are encouraged to consider how the policy can be implemented locally.

Resources and Initiatives


Application for Church Net Zero support

COP 27 – Latest news and live blog

Environment & Sustainability Manager Vacancy - Closes November 11

A practical path to 'net zero' for our churches - this guide describes the changes you can make to your church's carbon footprint, and much more guidance from the national church on becoming a net-zero church.

The national church have also produced a whole series of webinars on getting to net zero, Eco Church, and nature that are exceptionally useful. 

For creed and creation: a guide to a greener church - a longer, practical guide to greening your church. 

Latest initiatives:

Work towards an Eco Church award - this is a great tool to help your church improve not only its carbon footprint, but whole approach to creation care.

Join Green Christian's Radical Presence course


Christian guide to environmental issues - this book by Margot and Martin Hodgson is a great small group course to help your church explore practical ways to engage with environmental concerns.

Climate change and the church - a young persons perspective - a blog from Sophie Mitchell, Church of England Youth Council Representative and Bristol churchgoer.

Season of Creation - 1 September to 4 October each year marks the Season of Creation, a chance for us to pray for God’s world and all life upon it. As we aim for net zero emissions, all churches are encouraged to focus at least one Sunday in September on the environment.


EcoChurch Awards Scheme

Register today to start your church's journey towards an Eco Church award, and access materials to help you along the way

Energy Audit Programme 2023 - Carbon Net Zero

This audit scheme is being run by the Diocese of Bristol and Inspired Efficiency. Participants will receive a free energy audit and will be eligible to apply for funds for implementing audit recommendations.

January 2021 Environment Briefing

Briefing for church Eco Champions, detailing key news and information to share with your church communities.

Net zero carbon checklist

Net zero carbon checklist

Statement on Church Commissioners' investments

Statement on Church Commissioners' investments

Update November 2020

Update November 2020

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