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Marking World Environment Day 2022 with a prayer
First published 5th June 2022
Today, Sunday 5th June 2022, is World Environment Day and we wanted to mark this very important occasion with a short prayer.
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Breakthrough ruling allows churches and charities to take stronger environmental action
First published 24th May 2022
Trustees of charitable trusts, including schools and churches, are now allowed to prioritise the climate change outcomes of their investments
Open Breakthrough ruling allows churches and charities to take stronger environmental action

Eco parish February 2022 update: will Bristol be the first Silver-awarded Eco Diocese?
First published 22nd February 2022
Bishop Viv’s Eco Church Challenge, environment-focused Lent courses, Big Harvest and more
Open Eco parish February 2022 update: will Bristol be the first Silver-awarded Eco Diocese?

Bristol church youth group plants trees on BBC Songs of Praise
First published 19th January 2022
"It was a privilege to be a part of the Queen’s Green Canopy” – Head of Youth Ministry at Christ Church Downend
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Hazelnut’s new project helping Christians respond to climate crisis
First published 19th January 2022
The Potting Shed is a 6-month online course involving discussion sessions and classes taught by experts
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"There is a long history of protest within the church" – Bishop of Bristol
First published 17th January 2022
Bishop Viv comments on the acquittal of climate protester Revd Sue Parfitt
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Eco parish December update
First published 19th December 2021
This update looks back on some of the environmental achievements of the past year, to inspire us and give us hope for what we can accomplish together in 2022
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Eco parish November update: Seed bombs and solar tiles
First published 18th November 2021
How our local churches have been answering the call to create a just and sustainable world in the Diocese of Bristol recently
Open Eco parish November update: Seed bombs and solar tiles

Inside the COP26 “Blue Zone”
First published 18th November 2021
Beth John, a longstanding member of Holy Trinity Hotwells, was selected to take part in the Christian Climate Observers Programme at COP26 in Glasgow. Here, she shares her experience with us.
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COP 26: A critical moment for protecting God’s creation
First published 25th October 2021
Diocesan involvement in COP26 and the fight for climate justice
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Eco parish October update: Cop26 and Climate Sunday services
First published 20th October 2021
There is so much happening as we move into autumn, celebrate harvest and prepare for a busy season of environmental action – here is just a taster of some of the goings-on across the diocese.
Open Eco parish October update: Cop26 and Climate Sunday services

Harvest Festival live – Holy Trinity Westbury on Trym
First published 27th September 2021
The BBC Radio 4 service included a sermon from Revd Canon Dr Martin Gainsborough and worship led by the church choir
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Eco parish summer update
First published 27th July 2021
As the temperature’s been rising this month, so has environmental action across the Diocese. This round up shares the latest news.
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Thousand-mile climate relay to pass through Bristol Diocese
First published 17th June 2021
More than 400 people have signed up so far to walk or cycle the Youth Christian Climate Network relay due to travel the UK this summer.
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Wild Church established in North Wiltshire Mission Area
First published 17th June 2021
Wild Church enables people to worship and engage with God in a fresh way through creation.
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Eco parish May update: art around the themes of faith and climate crisis
First published 17th May 2021
Hazelnut Community Farm awarded £2,000 grant to create mobile art exhibition which reflects theologically on the climate crisis
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Diocese divests from fossil fuel companies
First published 27th April 2021
The Bristol Diocesan Board of Finance is divesting from fossil fuel companies, and commits to its investments remaining free of holdings in coal, oil and gas in future.
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Eco parish March update: wildflowers and electric cars
First published 24th March 2021
Environmental news from parishes in the diocese
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Eco parish February update: rain gardens and toilet twinning
First published 22nd February 2021
Environmental news from parishes in the diocese
Open Eco parish February update: rain gardens and toilet twinning

New checklist to help bring your church’s carbon emissions to net zero
First published 21st January 2021
This 'Practical Path to Net Zero checklist' helps you to create a clear and simple action plan to reduce the carbon footprint of your building.
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Eco-stable at Christ Church Swindon
First published 10th December 2020
An eco-stable has been built in the church yard at the front of Christ Church Swindon, made with wood from discarded fencing panels and local rubbish sites.
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Bristol Diocese wins prestigious Eco Diocese award
First published 19th November 2020
The Diocese of Bristol is excited to announce that it has been awarded  two awards as an Eco Diocese— Silver for its operations, and Bronze in recognition of its wider engagement— from the national environmental charity A Rocha.
Open Bristol Diocese wins prestigious Eco Diocese award

‘Deconstructed’ environment conference online this October
First published 17th September 2020
The planned Church Action in a Climate Emergency conference fell into the beginning of lockdown. But now it’s moving online as a ‘deconstructed’ conference throughout late October & early November. 
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Churches celebrating the Season of Creation
First published 17th September 2020
We are now over half way through the Season of Creation, and many churches have planned services focusing on God’s creation and our shared environment.
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Worms and worship at St Mary’s
First published 10th August 2020
St Mary’s Marshfield is working towards an Eco Church award, as they thoughtfully extend their Christian stewardship activities to care for the planet and for each other.
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Bringing wildness to the suburbs
First published 10th August 2020
While the church has been closed during the coronavirus lockdown, members of St Peter’s Henleaze have taken the opportunity to transform their church grounds into a more welcoming environment for wildlife and neighbours alike. 
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Season of Creation - September 2020
First published 28th July 2020
This September marks the Season of Creation. A wonderful opportunity for us all to pay special attention to the responsibility of humanity for the earth and for all that lives upon it.
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Caring for the environment during this time of distancing
First published 28th July 2020
The coronavirus outbreak has changed daily life for us all. This article gives 5 top tips to help us consider our environmental impact at this time. 
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Local Minister’s community garden featured on BBC Gardener’s World
First published 27th July 2020
On Friday 24 July, a film clip of the Rev Hazel Trapnell’s garden was featured on BBC Gardeners World.
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Radical Pressence: A conversations course from Green Christian
First published 22nd June 2020
Green Christian have launched a new discipleship resource to help Christians consider the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the world from a fresh perspective.
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‘The Time is Now’ virtual lobby on Tuesday 30 June.
First published 16th June 2020
Will you join thousands across the UK and speak to your MP on Tuesday 30 June as part of the first ever 'virtual lobby' created by the Climate Coalition.
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What is your church's energy footprint?
First published 12th May 2020
If you’ve wondered what the size of your church's energy footprint might be, help is now at hand. The Church of England has launched a new, simple tool to measure the amount of carbon produced annually by heating and lighting your church buildings.
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#LiveLent - Six week eco challenge for North Wilts churches
First published 11th May 2020
Five congregations in North Wiltshire have taken on a challenge to go green this Lent.
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Church Action in a Climate Emergency conference
First published 27th January 2020
A day conference to support churches in taking further action to care for our shared environment.
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FairGround - living responsibly in God's creation
First published 21st January 2020
One of the ways B+A Church in Bristol gathers together is through its Little Churches. These are communities of people that meet throughout the week on different days in the church, homes, pubs and other venues across Bristol.
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Are you ready to #LiveLent?
First published 17th January 2020
This years focus is on the Environment. Get your copy of the Archbishop of Canterburys Lent book (with accompanying videos and group questions), as well as corresponding booklets with reflections for both adults and children.
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A Green Guide to Christmas
First published 12th December 2019
Christmas is a time of giving - but it can also be a time of waste. From the plastic packaging to the piles of wrapping paper and wasted food filling our dustbins, festivities can have an unseen impact on our environment. 
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School raises awareness of Climate Change with protest
First published 11th December 2019
Children at St Helen's CE Primary School have been making their voices heard as they raised awareness of the Climate Emergency.
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An Eco Christmas tree
First published 2nd December 2019
Going green proved the inspiration for members of St Martin's in Knowle when it came time to decorate the church building for Christmas. Clare Hensmen tells us how they came up with the idea - and how other churches could easily do something similar:
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How Eco is your Church?
First published 20th November 2019
Four churches across the Diocese have received our first Eco Church awards.
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31 plastic bottles make a school uniform
First published 20th November 2019
As a head teacher, you may expect any number of questions from parents when you launch a new school uniform but does it crinkle? is a rather unusual one! Yet at The Deanery CE Academy in Swindon its a fair question to ask, as the uniforms are partly
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We’ve declared a climate emergency!
First published 20th November 2019
When the vote was passed unanimously, the room filled with cheers, applause and even a whistle or two.
Open We’ve declared a climate emergency!

Environment Group calls for greater action on Climate Change across the Church
First published 1st November 2019
The Church of Englands Environmental Advisory Group has called for all parts of the Church to recognise the Climate Crisis and step up its action to safeguard God's creation.
Open Environment Group calls for greater action on Climate Change across the Church

Caring for Creation in Wroughton
First published 23rd October 2019
During September, the parish of Wroughton and Wichelstowe joined churches around the country in celebrating the Season of Creation, with teaching and liturgy designed to help explore the diversity and wonder of God's creation.
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Bishop Viv’s Lent book: Saying YES to Life
First published 22nd October 2019
Bishop Viv has chosen Saying Yes to Life by Ruth Valerio as the Diocesan Lent book for 2020. This forms part of a Church of England Lent campaign. Churches are encouraged to use the resources for their Lent courses and the spiritual and practical act
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Bishop hears from Extinction Rebellion protesters in Bristol
First published 19th July 2019
The Bishop of Swindon, Rt Revd Lee Rayfield, has been meeting environmental campaigners in Bristol to listen to their views on caring for the planet.
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Climate Change and the Church - a young person's response
First published 15th March 2019
Climate change is one of the biggest challenges we are currently facing. Strongest among those demanding action is the voice of our young people, calling on leaders from all walks of life to make a decisive response to the issue.
Open Climate Change and the Church - a young person's response

Expert solutions for heating churches
First published 14th January 2013
Keeping an historic church warm for community use while conserving its heritage features and minimising the environmental impact is a real challenge, especially at a time of rising energy prices.
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