Environment - Overview
The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters.
(Psalm 24: 1-2)
Chester Diocesan Environment Policy – Caring for Creation
Ian Bishop (Archdeacon of Macclesfield) writes: As Chair of CSR I commend to you the Chester Diocesan Environment Policy that has been adopted by Bishop’s Council. The policy statement says:-
“We believe that we have a Christian responsibility to care for God’s creation. Therefore we believe that this ought to influence all our thinking, our actions and how we exercise our faithfulness in every function and activity, by every person; 24/7 – all day, every day.”
Over recent years we have all been made much more aware of the impact that humanity is having on our fragile earth. Archbishop Rowan has declared that care for the environment is central to what it means to be a Christian.
If you don’t already have a parish environment policy statement, can you adopt or adapt this policy as your own? Are there practices that as a church you can change or introduce that will care for creation? Can you identify one small step that you can take now? For example could you share transport to your PCC meeting? Actively caring for the environment may also have the potential for saving money! You may already have a statement on the environment and a plan of action, in which case I simply ask you to continue to build on what you’re already doing.
The Woodland Trust are offering not-for-profit organisations the chance to bid for free trees to plant in your local area. They have 4,500 tree packs to give away in a range of packs available in quantities of 30, 105 or 420 trees. To find out more click here
This is a tool to help stimulate discussion at your PCC or Church meetings. St Bartholomew’s Church Barrow piloted the 'Wheel' for CSR and we have included their actions and plans as an example for you.
In the following webpages you will find more ideas and examples from churches and a wide range of resources including a link to the Church of England’s comprehensive website. If you would like more information or for someone to come and talk to your Deanery Chapter or Synod please email Hannah Jones at Church House.
We have 2 Environment wheel display boards available for you to borrow for your church or use as a visual aid. One is a hard board measuring 33 inches x 33inches and is square. The other is a plastic coated rolled up display of the wheel and is also square measuring 47 inches x 47 inches. If you would like to borrow either of these from Church House please contact Hannah Jones.
Ideas FOR action
Practical ideas to get you started - Click here
Ideas INTO action
Stories from parishes who have put their ideas into action - Click here
A selection of general resources and also links to websites based on a topical theme - Click here
Traditional buildings: adapting for a low-carbon future - Churches and church halls are often subject to highly inefficient energy use – with consequences that are both financial and ethical. Churches can normally implement a range of high-return, simple measures very quickly and cheaply. Click here for practical advice and useful links.
For the church, the care of the earth is core business report from the Bishop of Salisbury