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 ....

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.

For more information and how to register. Everyone is welcome. Or sign up to Multi Faith Centre mailings for details as they are finalised.


11 Dec 2019 1-2pm Derby University, Multi Faith Centre, Kedleston Road campus. In the palm of the hand: Belonging and imagination in the anthropocene. Led by Dr Jamie Bird. This talk will explore how awareness of envirnmental catastrophe and climate crisis generate strong and complex emotions. It will outline those feelings using creative methods, in a way that provides a foundation for bringing people together to imagine different futures.


FULLY BOOKED 16 Dec 2019, Reconnecting with nature to cope with climate uncertainty . FULLY BOOKED.


January dates and topics to be fixed.

Other events


6 February 2020, St Matthews Darley Abbey, with short talks on  conservation context, conservation and gardens in darley Abbey, Biodiversity at St Matthews, Engaging people. Timing to be confirmed. 


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


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



Winter Environmental bulletin from Catherine Ross. To receive it in your inbox sign up.


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.'


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.


TEARfund rubbish campaign.


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.  5 Dioceses have achieved Bronze Eco Diocese awards - Salisbury, Guildford, Birmingham, Winchester 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 whihc people could use to refil drinking bottles and so reduce waste you can add it to this scheme.

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

Latest newsletter from ARocha UK. 

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


Season of Creation resources from the Church of England 1 September 2019 - 4 October 2019.

Sustainable preaching: liturgically linked preaching resources. 

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


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. 7 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 volunteers. 

Practical activities from the group 

  • offering an information stand at clergy conference Nov 2019
  • training on Eco Church in the Learning in Faith programme (Community section)
  • a mailing to all PCCs and incumbents July 2019 about Climate Emergency
  • 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

Nominations to join us are welcome. We can meet your PCC or you could to come along to meet the committee to share perspectives. The Derbyshire Churches Envirnment Netowrk is run through the Committee and may be a good place to link up with Committee members. 

Contact Stella Collishaw is the contact member of Diocesan staff (Mission and Ministry team) working with this group. Please send her invites to your events and permission to share them, or news of progress in your patch to her and the Communications Team. We have a number of people who are willing to come and support you locally and preach on Environmental issues, both licensed Readers and clergy.

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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,

Current issue: Can we join David aginst Goliath?,  which looks at 'fracking'.

Back issues are:  Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creationMy 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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