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Caring for God’s Creation

Coping with the coronavirus pandemic is a priority at the moment. But other environmental challenges have not gone away. These include climate change, biodiversity loss, and plastic in the ocean.

Coronavirus is a continuing tragedy for people and communities. For a while, God’s natural Creation, and our environment too, were gaining some benefits from lockdown – as emissions and pollution plummeted and nature began to flourish in our absence. Since then, very sadly, new human impacts on Nature have come to the fore, such as the need for yet more packaging, and the effect of discarded face masks on birds and sea animals.

Somehow we want to hold onto the gains, and build on them, avoiding adding to the harm we do to nature, while defeating the pandemic and renewing lives and livelihoods.

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Whose future?

Climate change and other dangerous environmental changes are a challenge to governments, businesses, people young and old, communities, people, churches. Us. Our lives will change. Our actions can influence how.

In an address to faith leaders on 4th February 2021, ahead of the forthcoming Glasgow conference on climate change, the Archbishop of Canterbury said:

“The Covid-19 pandemic has forced the world to look at how we have been living. We have been confronted by our behaviour: by our sin; our greed; our human fragility; our exploitation of the environment and encroachment on the natural world. For many this uncertainty is new. But many more around the world have been living with uncertainty for decades as the grim, real and present consequence of climate change. To think it is a problem of the future rather than a scourge of the present is the blind perspective of the privileged.

“But the pandemic has also revealed our capacity for change; the opportunities for repentance; the potential for hope amidst suffering.”

We want the voice of children and young people to be heard and reflected in our actions concerning the environment, especially climate change. It is their future.

Christians believe the future is also in God’s hands, and we must ultimately answer to God.

Page index

ALMA and the Environment
An Interconnected World
Biomass Heating
Care for Creation
Churches and People
Churchyards and Wildlife
Churchyards for London
Climate Action Finance
Climate Action Programme
Climate Action Projects
Climate and Environmental Risks
Conserving Water
Diocesan Environmental Policy
Diocesan Synod Report 2014
Diocesan Synod Report 2016
Diocesan Synod Report 2018
Diocesan Synod Report 2020
Eco Church
Energy and Carbon, Global Heating and Climate Change
Environment and Mission Action Plans
Environmental Work so Far
Food and Drink
Generating your own Energy
Genetically Modified (GM) Food
Green Energy Suppliers
Heat Pumps
Heating and Energy Use
Landscape, oceans and humans
Lighting and Energy Use
Measuring Energy Use
Parish Environmental Champions
Smart Metering
Solar Panels
Sustainable Building
The Environment and Mission Action Plans
The Environment around the Year
Transport, Air Travel and the Environment
Trees in Churchyards
Waste Collection and Recycling
Wildlife, Ecology and Biodiversity

To find out more

Contact Brian Cuthbertson, Head of Environment and Sustainability.

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