Following a presentation by the Environment group at Diocesan Synod on June 2018, Synod voted unanimously to become an Eco Diocese.

The motion, proposed by Archdeacon Carol and seconded by Dr Richard Henderson-Smith, was:

"This Synod agrees to implement the process of becoming an Eco Diocese through the efforts of Parishes, Deaneries and Diocesan Officers and Offices as it moves towards applying the gospel mission of caring for God’s Earth for the sake of God’s creatures. This is agreed to be reported, shared and celebrated at Deanery and Diocesan level."

A tale of two churches: See how two churches in the Diocese have taken different approaches to going green:


To find out more, contact Stella Collishaw who coordinates the group 01332 388685 /  e:   

For more about the scheme from Arocha ....

Note change: Wednesday 22 January 2020 12 noon in the Multi-Faith centre Derby University with Stephen Martin,  who researches how universities are addressing Climate Emergency.   

Stephen’s Recent writings: Stephen Sterling and Stephen Martin, ‘Climate Crisis and the Response-ability of Universities’, Times Higher Education, 16/11/19 , 

Stephen Sterling and Stephen Martin, ‘On track for a sustainable future?’, IAU Horizons: Transforming Higher Education for the Future, vol  24 no2. 

Everyone is welcome. Or sign up to Multi Faith Centre mailings for details and for future events.


Staff from the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre, University of Derby, are organising a series of events about climate change science and action, in collaboration with The Union of Students, the Multifaith Centre, the Derby Climate Coalition, and other local partners, to bust through climate change myths, lay out what we do know, and to discuss what we can do about it. Show casing the University’s research on climate change and highlighting the response of local champions to climate change.


Local Regreening: Transforming Cabbage Patch and City.

Thursday, 23 January 2020 18.30 - 20.30
The Environmental Sustainability Research Centre welcome Dr Briony Norton, from the University of Derby and Graham Truscott from Whistlewood Common for the fourth event in the series centred around Climate Change. This lecture will guide us through local scale initiatives to create environments that are more sustainable and support biodiversity alongside humans.

WEA course on Tackling Climate Change Saturdays 10-2 Feb - April 2020, Derby,  or telephone  0300 303 3464.


6 February 2020, 7pm  'Looking after wildlife in the churchyard and beyond' at St Matthews Darley Abbey in the Fellowship Room. Event open to all includes presentations:-

  • Conservation context: Dr Andrew Ramsey providing a global context to local biodiversity conservation,
  • The role of gardens in Darley Abbey in wildlife conservation: Dr Briony Norton will talk about research undetaken locally to find out about what people think about thier gardens playing a role in wildlife conservation
  • Biodiversity in St Matthews Churchyard: Chloe Warren and Ella Wall will present the findings from thier research projects about lichen and habitat management. Jo Watson and David Brierley will present a  poster and talk abour meadow creation and other biodiversity-focussed projects in the church yard undertaken in 2019.
  • People and conservation: Professor David Sheffield and Dr Ryan Lumber will explaithe importance of spending time in nature and the science of making people more connected to nature.  





5 February 2020 in Cheshire and 4 March 2020 in London A Rocha Speaker Insight Days

At these

  • Andy Atkins, CEO of A Rocha UK, will provide an overview of the current state of the environment, ARUK's strategy, including key priorities for this coming year and how to talk about why caring for the earth really matters to Christians. 
  • Helen Stephens, Church Relations Manager, will share some ideas of how to talk to churches about Eco Church and help them to get started
  • Simon Brown who coordinates all of the speaker engagements for A Rocha UK will talk about some of the practical details of being a volunteer speaker for ARUK. 

full details to be posted. Book 5 February event.


15 February 2020, Show the Love Eco Event, 16.00-18.00 St Peters Church Belper.


3 March 2020 Tackling Climate Change Together, County Hall, Matlock, 11-5pm. includes Rural Low Carbon Business, Fleet management and Mobility, Low Carbon Housing....


7 March 2020 Riverside Centre, Derby, Renewal and Rebellion: Faith, Economy and Climate, from Joint Public Issues Team.


20 July 2020 event in partnership with Christian Aid and the Communion Bishops visiting Derby Diocese before Lambeth Conference, details to follow.




Winter Environmental bulletin from Catherine Ross (Church House Westminster). To receive it in your inbox sign up.


Christian Climate Action article Don't let the thing that stops us be us


Psalm 23 garden. at RHS Chelsea 2020.


New funding guide for Environmental projects from Helen Simpkiss.


Archbishop of Canterburys Lent book 2020 Saying Yes to Life  written by Ruth Valerio and available now. With links to LiveLent audio visual clips for discussion groups and resources aimed at younger people.


Diocese of Bristol declares a Climate Emergency.

Revd David Stephenson , Bristol vicar said:

'This is not about jumping on a band wagon, or even being first. Declaring Climate Crisis challenges our own priorities and commits us as churches to work with others to respond to an emergency with global reach.

Setting our own ambitious target to reach net zero carbon emission by 2030 gives expression and focus to the Declaration- it demonstrates that we are prepared to take the challen ge that we urge other to share. Declaration is calling to others; it is also commitment to ourselves and to the gospel.'

List of councils declared a Climate Emergency.


World Meterological Association press release Sept 2019


Sustainable preaching: liturgically linked preaching resources for the current cycle.


Joy in Enough from Green Christian offer a confession for your focus and a challenge to rethink our economy,  acknowledge our complicity in consumerism and climate change.


St Margarets Carsington and Glossop Parish church have achieved a Bronze Eco Church award. Congratulations to all of them for reaping this accolade and helping us all in our aim to become an awarded Eco Diocese.


Climate change and carbon reduction manifesto unveiled by Derbyshire County Council but the motion to declare a climate emergency was not passed. In Derbyshire, Wirksworth Town Council and New Mills Town Council have already declared climate emergencies.


Eco Church

33 parishes in this Diocese have registered as Eco Churches. Seven have achieved awards. Eco church FAQs.  6 Dioceses have achieved Bronze Eco Diocese awards - Salisbury, Guildford, Birmingham, Winchester, Coventry and St Eds and Ipswich. To make contact to support a local church or find volunteering opportunities contact or go to find a church.

If you want a presentation for your PCC there is free to use material at Promoting Eco Church. This includes a powerpoint presentation and film clips. the Eco Church website has its own resources page- everything from measuring your carbon footprint, or being wildlife friendly to different types of cup available. Please let us know as you register your parish.


Other resources


Repair Cafe helps reduce waste through mending items that might otherwise be discarded. Please note there are conditions to using the name and logo. There may be one nearby you can access- in New Mills, Eyam, Chesterfield.

Refil app. If your church has a publicly available tap which people could use to refil drinking bottles (and reduce waste) you can add it to this scheme.

Let there be stuff...? Course of 6 sessions for teenagers.

Latest newsletter from ARocha UK. 

latest blog from Joint Public Issues Team.

Bi monthly updates and news are sent out in Find newsletter. More frequent shares on facebook.

Free Cycle Stands for Churches in the City of Derby: Life Cycle UK are offering free cycle stands for churches. In most cases a faculty will be needed for their installation. If you are interested please contact Life Cycle UK direct.


Study and preaching resources


Sustainable preaching: liturgically linked preaching resources. 

7 weeks detox from consumerism. Based on Consumer Detox by Mark Powley, St Georges, Leeds.

Christian Aids Theology of Climate Change.




further resources...

The Environment Committee recommend beginning registering as an Eco Church.

This gives you access to a tool which helps measure your progress. You go online and take a survey, save your input and return to update it. Progress shows as you work towards a bronze, silver or gold award. We will celebrate your achievement as it helps us work towards an award as a Diocese. 8 of our parishes have awards. Registered and awarded churches are on the Eco church map. The scheme is run by A Rocha UK and is endorsed by The Church of England, the Methodist Church, Christian Aid, TEARfund.


John Beardmore, our Environment Committee engineer and adviser to DAC says:


A simple strategy for environmental decision making  ....




This is a small and dedicated group of ecumenical volunteers. 

Practical activities from the group 

  • offering an information stand at clergy conference Nov 2019 with the support of All Saints Wingerworth
  • training on Eco Church in the Learning in Faith programme (Community section)
  • a mailing to all PCCs and incumbents July 2019 about Climate Emergency anticipated to be on General Synod agenda Feb 2020
  • pilot development of Derbyshire Churches Environment Network beginning October 2019
  • Supporting related activity at Derby University at the Multi Faith Centre autumn 2019
  • the presentation at June 2019 Synod update report about progress on Eco Diocese and offering reasons to make a policy against fracking
  • a paper for the Parsonages Committee on Solar PV
  • architect training partnered with DAC
  • advice to individual parishes and offering presentations or preachers as requested

The Derbyshire Churches Envirnment Network is run through the Committee and may be a good place to link up with Committee members. Events will be poisted in 'Whats Happening' section along with other local or partner events.


Committee chair Anne Knyhynyckyj, Reader, All Saints Wingerworth. 


Staff contact Stella Collishaw (Mission and Ministry team) links with the DIocesan Environment  officers network and organisations such as Green Christian and Derby University. Send her invites to your events and permission to share them, or news of progress in your patch for us to celebrate and also to the Communications Team. If your PCC are talking about making Environmental changes or if you register as an Ecochurch or obtain an award would you inform her. 

There are a number of people who are willing to come and support you locally and preach on Environmental issues, both licensed Readers and clergy.Nominations to join us are welcome. 

Contact us ...

References from Diocesan Synod June 2019 which included a requested presentation about 'Fracking'.

Living Lightly is the Environment Group policy focus derived from the former Framework, adopted as Diocesan policy. We are encouraging parishes and churches to become Eco Churches and registered as an Eco Diocese in 2018.

Eco church FAQs

Other recent publications:

Find articles:


21st Century Franciscans: Caring for Creation by Eirene Palmer.

Back issues are: Can we join David aginst Goliath?,  which looks at 'fracking'.  Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation, Fair Enough by John Payne Mar 2019, My Reflections on Plastic-Less Lent  and Time for Action which you are invited to publish locally including images. To get the newsletter as it is published sign up.



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