Environment and Climate Justice

The Diocese of Bristol is committed to addressing environmental challenges, and in November 2019 we 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, and that's why this is a justice issue.

You can read the diocesan Environment and Climate Justice Policy below. 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.

Lent 2020

Creation Care is the diocesan focus for Lent 2020. 

The materials below aim to help your church address this theme:

The Archbishop of Canterbury's Lent book is Saying Yes to Life by Ruth Valerio and supporting materials and video content can be found here.

The  Diocese of Bristol's Saying Yes to Life Lent Course accompanies this Lent book

#LiveLent is the Church of England's Lent campaign, linked to the Lent book. Sign up for daily reflections by email or app, or order the daily reflection booklets - click  here

6 week eco challenge booklet from Draycot churches (Word doc - so feel free to adapt this for your context. Remember to include the acknowledgements on the front page if you print your own versions.)

Celebration Earth's Lent Course (Word doc - so feel free to adapt this for your context)

Living Well in God's World (a 2019 course from Bath & Wells diocese)

All We Can, the Methodist Relief and Development Agency, has also produced climate-related Lent materials - download them here

Operation Noah, a Christian environmental campaign group, have a very accessible guide called Tenants of the King - available to purchase here.

Other resources

EcoChurch Awards Scheme - use this link to register your church, and discover resources to support your eco work

St Mary Marshfield's Eco Church film - watch this short video to be inspired by Marshfield's story: