The environment around the year
There are a range of events each year around London about the environment and climate change, which church members can take part in.
Climate Sunday has been organised by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland with support from charities including CAFOD, Christian Aid, Tearfund, A Rocha UK, and Operation Noah.
Climate Sunday is a way to focus attention on the global emergency of climate change.
National Climate Sunday
The climax of the campaign was the national Climate Sunday event on Sunday 5 September 2021.
Local Climate Sundays
Churches are still encouraged to hold their own Climate Sunday services, to share their commitments and pray for bold action and courageous leadership in the light of the UN’s COP26 Climate Conference, hosted in Glasgow in November 2021.
The aim is ‘giving a voice to local churches’, who are encouraged to hold a local Climate Sunday any time from 2020 onwards.
Climate Sunday actions
During their local Climate Sunday, every church is invited to do one or more of three things:
The Church’s year
The canonical Anglican calendar does not include a celebration of creation as such. It is supplemented by a range of events running in parallel.
Each year, Creationtide (or Creation Time, or the Season of Creation) is celebrated from 1 September to 4 October (St Francis Day), with prayers for the protection of creation and the promotion of sustainable lifestyles.
Several Christian denominations in the UK and Ireland and around the world share in this annual event, established in 2007 by the European Ecumenical Assembly in Sibiu, Romania.
Many churches pick one Sunday during the season of Creationtide to focus especially on environmental themes.
Creationtide is supported by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI).
The theme for 2023 is “Let Justice and Peace Flow”.
Here are St James’s Piccadilly’s plans for Creationtide 2023:
and their project on food:
In 2024, Ash Wednesday falls on 14 February, with Easter Sunday on 31 March 2024.
There are many customs and traditions associated with Lent.
To show our concern for God’s creation and the impact of global warming and climate change, we can mark Lent with a Carbon Fast, starting on Ash Wednesday.
Earth Hour 2024 is scheduled for 8:30 to 9:30 pm on Saturday 23 March 2024.
Earth Hour is an annual event organised by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), when people and organisations all over the world switch off their lights for one hour.
People and organisations are encouraged to use this opportunity to make a public statement of their concern to challenge those ways our lifestyles and behaviour threaten the wellbeing of God’s earth.
International Earth Day takes place on 22 April each year.
In 2024, Earth Day falls on Monday 22 April.
Earth Day extends the aims of Earth Hour much wider – inspiring ‘a billion acts of green’.
The actions we take on just one hour or one day each year must of course lead to sustained action all through the year.
World Environment Day
World Environment Day is celebrated on 5 June every year. It is the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of our environment.
World Environment Day 2024 will be on Wednesday 5 June.
Environment Sunday is on the Sunday nearest to World Environment Day.
Therefore, in 2024, Environment Sunday will be on Sunday 2 June 2023.
Great Big Green Week
The Church of England is a member of the Climate Coalition, who are encouraging groups around the country to run events during Great Big Green Week (GBGW).
GBGW celebrates all that’s being done together about climate change.
In 2023, GBGW was also held in June. GBGW 2024 has yet to be announced.
Information and resources
International Earth Day
World Environment Day
A Rocha UK
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