The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26, is the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference. It is scheduled to be held in the city of Glasgow between 31 October and 12 November 2021, under the presidency of the United Kingdom.

How is the Church is responding to climate change

The Church of England has pledged to become carbon ‘net zero’ by 2030, a decision made at General Synod in February 2020. The Diocese of Chester is working towards this goal. 

The diocesan Environment Forum aims to help parishes to understand environmental issues and help us reduce the effect we all have on the world that we live in.

In the lead-up to COP26, the Environment Forum is coordinating a number of initiatives to raise awareness of COP26 and the ways in which we can begin to make an impact on our environment, in a positive way.


COP26 events around the diocese

The effects of logging on the Solomon Islands - 15 September

Date: 15 September
Time: 7.30pm
Location: Chester Cathedral

Join us at Chester Cathedral for a talk by Christopher John, Minister General of the Society of St Francis. The talk is a pre-recording and we hope that Brother Christopher will join us to answer questions on Zoom. Funds raised from this talk will go to the charities supported by the Cathedral’s ‘Giving in Faith’ group.

Meet the Pilgrims - 28 September

Date: 28 September
Time: 8pm – 9.30pm
Location: St.Michael and All Angels Church, Market Place, Macclesfield, SK10 1DY

 A group of 25 pilgrims will be walking from London to Glasgow, aiming to arrive at the start of Cop26 on 1st November. Join in a discussion on why they are walking from London to Glasgow on the Camino to Cop; and what they think about the climate and ecological emergency. All welcome. They are members of two Christian groups – XR Faith Bridge and Christian Climate Action and have called their action Camino to Cop to emphasise that their journey is a pilgrimage . They are making significant sacrifices to raise awareness of the climate and ecological emergency that we are facing, and to inspire discussion of what needs to be done to avoid the worst impacts of climate change and loss of biodiversity. On this date they will have walked from Leek to Macclesfield and will probably be very tired, but they have agreed to meet with interested people from the town and beyond, of any background, to explain what has driven them to take this action.

The event is being live streamed on the night which you can watch here 

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A global climate crisis - a Melanesian perspective - 29 September

Date: 29 September
Time: 7.30pm
Location: Cheadle Parish Church, High Street, Cheadle, SK8 1PX

As part of the Camino to COP26 Pilgrimage initiated by the URUK Faith Bridge, Cheadle Parish Church will be joined by some of the walkers, hosted by the Archdeacon of Chester, MIchael Gilbertson, hosts a discussion about the impact of climate change with a particular focus on our link dioceses in Melanesia.

Special guests include Bishop William Pwaisiho OBE and walkers from the Camino to COP26 pilgrimage. Their pilgrimage from London to Glasgow is being undertaken with the purpose of building alliances and engaging communities along the route –  faith communities and other local communities – and to spread the word about the urgency of the need for meaningful action to address the global climate and ecological emergency. 

The event is open to everyone with refreshments available afterwards. There will be provisions in place to minimise COVID risks.

Book your place by email or phone:

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A four-week creation care course - 07 October

Date: Beginning 07 October
Time: 7.30pm
Location: Online

This four-week course is a unique collaboration between the Diocese of Chester, HeartEdge, Melanesian Mission UK, and Southampton University. By attending you will gain vital information about climate change, its impacts on people, and have the opportunity to reflect with others on our role as Christians in taking practical climate action.

  • Week 1: Caring for Creation (7 October)
    We will take a theological perspective on creation care and tackling climate change, using bible studies and a wide range of theological resources.
    Book here
  • Week 2: Understanding Climate Change (14 October 2021)
    W will look at climate change, its drivers and impacts from a scientific perspective.
    Book here
  • Week 3: Living Climate Change – Stories from Melanesia (21 October)
    We will learn about the effects of climate change on people and draw upon examples of climate impacts and human responses in Melanesia.
    Book here
  • Week 4: Taking Action – Caring for the Environment, Caring for People (18 November 2021)
    We will hear about various options for climate change mitigation and adaptation that we can take as individuals, as parishes, and as a Christian community.
    Book here

Chester Youth Climate Change Conference - 23 October

Date: 23 October
Time: 1.30pm
Location: Chester Cathedral

Come and listen, take part in discussions and consider how you can make a difference. Chester Youth Climate Change Conference is an opportunity to raise awareness of Climate Change Issues in Cheshire, and to give a platform to those under 25 to engage with the issues by hearing from international and local speakers of a variety of ages. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Book here

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