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Environment

Caring for the whole of creation is part of who we are as Christians.

It is part of one of the strategic priorities in our Diocesan Vision: We will work to ensure that ecological concerns are integral to our life together as we care for our single island planet home.

It is named as one of the Anglican five marks of mission: To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.

As a Diocese we have made a commitment to be carbon neutral by 2030 in line with the national Church of England commitment. We are also working on broader environmental commitments through the Eco Church Award scheme. We were awarded our Bronze Eco-Diocese award in November 2023 and are now working towards Silver.

We see the environment as underpinning all Christian mission and ministry.  As we share Good News against the backdrop of climate and nature crises, we need to be able to express the hope that our faith in Christ brings, and how it enables us to move beyond despair to action.  We also need to consider the negative impact that climate changes has on the world’s poorest, sometimes called ‘climate justice.’  Human concerns too drive us to care for the home that feeds us.  This means that the environment is not one competing priority among many but the backdrop to all our concerns.

"Responding to the climate and biodiversity emergencies is not an optional interest for the ministry of the Church, it is an imperative for the mission of God’s Church."

Net Zero

To reach our aim of net zero by 2030 across our Diocese and across the Church of England, there are a number of practical actions that can be taken. Browse

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Biodiversity

The crisis affecting nature is as great as the climate crisis. Caring for creation means looking after our land for the benefit of nature and people. There are lots of

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Church of England Environment Programme

We believe that responding to the climate crisis is an essential part of our responsibility to safeguard God's creation and achieve a just world.

A Rocha UK

A Rocha UK is part of the international A Rocha family, a network of Christian organisations present in more than 20 countries in six continents.

Green Christian

We are a community of ordinary Christians from all backgrounds and traditions. Inspired by our faith, we work to care for Creation through prayer, living simply, public witness, campaigning and mutual encouragement.

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