About our environment programme

Our national environmental programme exists to enable the whole Church to address - in faith, practice and mission - the issue of climate change and care of creation.

Environment Programme

The moral crisis of climate change is an opportunity to find purpose and joy, and to respond to our creator’s charge. 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

Who is involved?

Environmental Working Group
The executive team
Bishops' Environment Group
Find your environment officer

Join others around the world

Anglican Communion Environmental Network
European Christian Environmental Network

Programme history

In 2005, General Synod agreed on the need for Churchwide action on issues of climate change following the report Sharing God’s Planet.

The Shrinking the Footprint campaign was launched to support the whole Church in addressing climate change.

Some examples of our work include:

See what we've been up to recently

Our carbon footprint

We are committed to reducing our carbon emissions by 80% by 2050.

In 2012 and 2013, we ran a national energy audit of our cathedrals, churches, schools, clergy houses and offices. We produced a snapshot of our carbon footprint at that moment.

What where the highlights?

The average carbon footprint of our churches by floor area
Our estate's total carbon footprint
The amount of money we could save

How has the national energy audit helped?

Collective energy monitoring has benefited people at all levels of the Church.

Individual church buildings
Diocesan level
National level

We support

Eco church award scheme

Demonstrate that the gospel is good news for God’s earth

Big church switch

Switch your energy supplier. Go 100% renewable, 100% UK-generated!

Climate coalition

The UK's largest group dedicated to action against climate change

Fit for the future

An environmental sustainability network