"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.
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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.
Support and guidance on getting to Net Zero Carbon
A range of useful support has been issued since February:
- Read the proposed national definition of Net Zero Carbon and how to measure it.
- Book onto our series of Net Zero Carbon webinars.
- Use the Energy Footprint Tool to help you work out the carbon footprint of your church.
- Read the "Practical Path to Net Zero for Church Buildings", guidance on heating principles, and on energy efficiency.
- Read these case studies to get inspired by what others have done.
- Read the joint statement by the Church Buildings Council and Cathedral Fabric Commission of England on how these issues will inform it's decisions and guidance.
- Find your local Diocesan Environment Officer.
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.