The Diocesan Environmental Group (DEG) encouraging parishes to ‘Care for God’s Creation’.
The DEG believe that care for the environment is fundamental to Christian faith and action. As stewards of God’s gift of creation each of us has a responsibility to ensure that this remains a sustainable world and to respond to the social injustice visited on many of the world’s poorest people as a result of climate change.
To this end as a Diocese we affirm the 5 th Mark of Mission agreed at the 1988 Lambeth Conference which asks all churches to ‘strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and to sustain and renew the life of earth’ as central to our work and mission.
Eco Church and Eco Diocese
In 2019, the Winchester Diocese was awarded the A Rocha Eco Diocese Bronze Award recognising our commitment to good environmental and ethical stewardship. We are now working towards achieving the Silver Award.
To help parishes take practical steps in embracing ‘Caring for God’s Creation’ the DEG recommend participation with Eco Church.
Eco Church offers a free online survey, supported and endorsed by the Church of England, with supporting resources designed to equip your church to express your care for God’s world in your worship and teaching; in how you look after your buildings and land; in how you engage with your local community and in global campaigns, and in the personal lifestyles of your congregation.
The actions you take will count towards a prestigious Eco Church Award at Bronze, Silver or Gold level. Complete the Eco Survey to gauge where your church currently is in relation to the three different levels; you may find you already qualify for an Eco Church Award!
Many parishes are already using eco church, to find out more take a look at this 4 minute film:
Throughout this year, churches across the country are hosting Climate Sunday services. The initiative, organised by Churches Together in Britain, calls on all churches to hold a climate-focused service before 5 September 2021 and ahead of COP26.
As a Diocese, we are encouraging all of our parishes to host a Climate Sunday Service this year, to take action to address climate change and commit to more sustainable living.
Resources and more information are available at: www.climatesunday.org/
The COP26 (Climate Change Conference of the Parties) summit is to be hosted by the UK in Glasgow as the 26th United Nations summit on 1 – 12 November 2021. The summit will bring together world nations to take action to achieve goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
We all have a part to play to help combat climate change, even making small lifestyle changes can make a big difference. Find out more and join the conversation here: www.ukcop26.org/
Energy Footprint Tool
The Church of England's new Energy Footprint Tool calculates the amount of carbon produced annually by your church and offers helpful tips to reduce emissions of our church buildings.
Watch this useful video from our friends in the Diocese of Manchester on how to use the tool: