Climate resilient church

Church buildings are often solidly built and, when maintained well, have withstood the weather over the centuries. 

However, as the climate changes, and weather events becomes more extreme, they can become vulnerable.  We need to be protect these precious buildings from harm.

At the same time, our churches act as sanctuaries for their communities; they are often built on higher ground and more solidly-constructed than the houses around them, so can be a place of safety during a flood, and can act as a cool sanctuary in a heatwave. 

Below, you can explore the kinds of changes that could help your church adapt to our changing climate, so that extreme weather events cause less harm and can be recovered from more quickly.

Clicking on diagram below will let you explore the main risks, and potential risk mitigation actions you can take.

Why does climate resilience / adaptation matter?
What weather do we need to be ready for?
Where to start, and where to get advice

The climate resilient church

Webinars, advice and support

There is a range of advice and support available to help you on your journey towards being a ‘climate resilient church’.

Church of England Webinars on Climate Resilience
People to speak to

Gathering stories of climate resilient churches

The Cathedral and Church Buildings division has received funding from NERC to create a cache of valuable case studies and resources, during 2022.

Our researcher will identify examples from around the country, which show churches creating climate resilient, future-proof buildings and supporting their communities through extreme weather events.

We’re actively looking for people to take part in this project. 

If you think a church in your diocese might be a good case study, we’d love to hear from you.  We are looking for examples that show churches:

  • creating a more climate-resilient worship space,
  • protecting important heritage from extreme weather, or
  • utilising the space as a refuge against extreme hot, cold wet or windy weather.

For more information watch the short intro video below (1 min) and/or take a look at our 2-page project summary.  Then contact the researcher, Chris Walsh, for a quick chat at [email protected].

This page was created collaboratively with staff and volunteers from the Diocese of Leeds.

We are very grateful to them for their expert input. 

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