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What we do: Environment and sustainability

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The Diocese of London aims to be a leader in the field of environmental concern and action.

We believe that care for the natural environment, which is God’s creation, is a fundamental duty for all Christians.

Christians believe that God intends to redeem all of creation through the saving work of Jesus Christ. Let’s all be a part of that!

Climate change bulletin

We learn more every day about the crisis our planet is facing from climate change. Among all the perils and disasters facing our world, this might turn out the worst.

Expert reports by the United Nations and the World Meteorological Organisation have shown how the surface of our planet is melting, flooding and burning.

This is a challenge to governments, businesses, people young and old, communities, people, churches. Us. Our lives will change. Our actions can influence how.

Since February 2019, following a motion from the Dioceses of London and Truro, the CoE has been ramping up its efforts. New actions and targets are being planned by the national Environmental Working Group.

Listen to Greta Thunberg’s speech to the UN.

Recent news and articles

Harvest and climate change
Responsible choices on climate change
Learning to ‘sail your buildings’ at Eco Church Conference in Islington
Joint Dioceses’ Bid for Climate Change Action Gains Massive Approval from General Synod
Solar panels enhance new roof at St Paul’s Marylebone

Whose future?

Climate change and other dangerous environmental changes are already happening. They will become increasingly severe and threatening, every year and every day we neglect to deal with them with firmness and perseverance.

Already in 2009, at a national meeting on the environment in Lambeth Palace, a then government minister, the Rt Hon Joan Ruddock MP, said:

“We used to think that climate change was a problem for our grandchildren, then we found out it was a problem for our children, now we realise it is a problem for us.”

We want the voice of children and young people to be heard through our voices and reflected in our actions concerning the environment, especially climate change. That is why our more than 150 church schools, and all their pupils and students, are so important. 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 2012
Diocesan Synod Report 2014
Diocesan Synod Report 2016
Diocesan Synod Report 2018
Eco Church
Energy and Carbon, Global Warming and Climate Change
Energy-saving Benchmarking
Environmental Audits
Environmental Work so Far
Food and Drink
Generating your own Energy
Generic Building Solutions
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
Route 2050
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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