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Parish environmental champions

This page presents ideas and resources for Environmental Champions.

This is an important and very useful role for anyone to fulfil in a parish.

See also:

Also you can download from this page:

  • For Creed and Creation – a handy booklet with simple tips
  • People, Parishes, Environment – a poster to display in the church.

Scope

The task of a parish Environmental Champion is to help their church and congregation in fulfilling God’s command to “till and keep the Earth” (Genesis 2 v 15) – in the practical circumstances of church and parish.

Activities and concerns which a church is encouraged to engage with – supported by its Environmental Champion(s) – may include:

  • Environmental campaigning and action
  • Encouragement, education, enabling, promoting lifestyle changes
  • Property and premises management – churches and churchyards, vestries and offices, halls etc
  • Cutting energy and carbon, water use and waste
  • Caring for wildlife and ecology in the churchyard
  • Fairtrade and food
  • Taking part in Eco Church.

Whose responsibility?

Environmental action is the responsibility of everyone. It can’t be done by just one person.

An informal open action group of energisers and encouragers, with a core to provide stability and organisation, is probably the best way to support this effort.

Am I a suitable person?

There are no special qualifications to become a parish Environmental Champion. You don’t have to be an expert, just to share a love for God’s creation, and a willingness to communicate, listen and learn.

Appointment

The Parish Priest of your church with the Church Council (PCC, GCC or DCC) should be responsible for making this appointment – it is essential that they are supportive of actions by their Parish Champion(s) and/or environment group.

To set the ball rolling, how about take the initiative? Do some volunteering, start pulling together a larger action group – then suggest making this a formal arrangement.

First agree with the Parish Priest and Church Council what the job involves. Make sure all concerned understand what the time commitment will be, what you are planning to do, and how others will play their part. Report back regularly on progress.

Set a time limit for the appointment – such as 3 years. This makes the commitment less open-ended!

Also it provides a natural review time for the Church Council to look back at progress made, and forward to the next period. When the Church has appointed its church’s Environmental Champion(s), please tell the Head of Environment and Sustainability – please say if you want to be added to mailing lists.

More information

You aren’t on your own! The Church of England and Diocese of London are ready to provide or direct you to a wide range of resources:

And see Resources on the environment.

Resources

FileAction
People, Parishes, Environment  Download  
For Creed and Creation  Download  

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