Environment

Climate change and the loss of biodiversity are two of the greatest threats facing humankind. These are a Christian concern, representing a failure in our stewardship of God’s world, and a failure in our duty of care for each other, because across the world the people who have done least to cause climate change and the depletion of nature are often those most affected. In recognition that the global climate emergency is a crisis for God’s creation, and a fundamental injustice, the Church of England’s General Synod committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2030. 


In March 2021, Diocesan Synod committed to the Diocese of Peterborough becoming net carbon zero by 2030. In addition to this, Diocesan Synod approved the Diocesan Envrionmental Policy, outling the Diocese's approach to the climate and biodiversity crises. 

Tearfund along with Youthscape have recently surveyed 630 14-19 year old Christians from the UK. Their research found

  • 9 out of 10 of the young people were concerned about the climate crisis. 
  • 8 out of 10 of them thought that Christians should respond to climate change.
  • However, only 1 out of 10 of them thought that their churches were doing enough about it. 

With this in mind... is your church doing enough? What can you do differently? How can you engage people of all ages in the climate and biodiversity crises and the part they have to play in it? How are you connecting with your local school over the issue of climate change? Can you connect with other local denominations or faith groups? Can you work collaboratively with your local council? 

There is so much that can be done. The beauty of it is, you can let your imagination go wild as to how you can make a positive change in your church and your local community. 

The diocesan environmental strategic planning group is chaired by Bishop John. If you would like to contact a member of the team, please email us on: Environment Email. This email is manned Monday - Friday from 08:30 - 16:30. 

If you would like any resources, to join our Outdoor Church Network or to attend some Diocesan training, please follow the links below.

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Policies

Diocesan Environment Policy and Model Parish Environment Policy.

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Outdoor Church Network

Whether you're exploring Muddy Church for the first time or you've been leading Forest Church for many years, you're welcome to join our Outdoor Church Network. 

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Resources

Children and Youth resources, Eco Church, Church of England webinars and much more...

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Training

Looking for training on Wild Worship? Keen to make the best of your churchyard or local green spaces? Love encouraging people to be outside with God? Look no further!

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Contact the Team 

Environment Lead
The Rt Revd John Holbrook, Bishop of Brixworth

 

 

 

 

Bishop’s Environment Officer
Canon Dr Peter Brotherton

 

   

Office Contact
Joanna Ormston

     
If you would like to contact a member of the team, please email us on: environment@peterborough-diocese.org.uk.