The environment and climate change

We believe that responding to climate change is an essential part of our responsibility to safeguard God's creation. Our environmental campaign exists to enable the whole church to address - in faith, practice and mission - the issue of climate change.

"Reducing the causes of climate change is essential to the life of faith. It is a way to love our neighbour and to steward the gift of creation."

Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

Shrinking the Footprint is the Church of England's national environmental campaign. We are here to help you take action on the environment.

Amazing work is already taking place in churches across the country and we are well placed to share news, tips and resources. 

See our latest infographic outlining our most recent work

 

 

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Net Zero Carbon declaration by General Synod

The Church of England’s General Synod in February 2020 set new targets for all parts of the church to work to become carbon ‘net zero’ by 2030.

Members voted for all parts of the Church of England to take action and ramp-up efforts to reduce emissions, and called for urgent steps to examine requirements to reach the new target, and draw up an action plan.

Read more about it, and the full wording of the motion, here

 

Support and guidance on getting to Net Zero Carbon

A range of useful support has been issued since February:

 

Climate Sunday

Could your church take part in Climate Sunday during Creationtide, leading worship and committing to action on the climate? Find out more.

 

Letters for Creation

Letters for Creation invites children and young people under 30 to write letters reflecting on what caring for creation means to them and how they want their voice to be heard in the climate justice conversation. Find out more.

Also of interest

News

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Contact us

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Our climate change policy

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