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.

Update: November 2020

o    7 in 10 churches reported prioritising or taking action on environmental issues in the latest ‘Creating connections’ survey. 
o    Over 150 people participated in the online Church Action in a Climate Emergency conference last month.
o    Diocesan (and many church) investments are now 100% fossil free, following engagement with our fund managers CCLA!
o    16 churches received subsidised energy efficiency audits through a national trial operated by Parish Buying this year.
o    A church eco farm has been launched - Hazelnut Community Farm in Lockleaze is a model of church and community engagement using urban agriculture and food production.

Do you:

  •  have a story of how your church has embraced care for creation this year?

  •  have an eco champion in your church who would like to receive a quarterly update with environmental news and information to feed into your PCC & congregation/s?

If so, please contact Clare Fussell 

 

Resources

A practical path to 'net zero' for our churches - this brilliantly simple 2-page guide describes the changes you can mahurch's carbon footprint.

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

Theology:

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.

Policy:

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.

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

 

 


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