What's Happening


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.


12-14 June 2020 Touch the Earth Lightly. Meditation and the Future of the Planet. Swanick. day rate £75 to £225 residential. Booking and more information.


2 May 2020 St Andrews Church Rugby (Gold awarded eco church), regional conference on Eco Church. Details to follow.


21 July 2020 event in partnership with Christian Aid and the Anglican Communion Bishops visiting Derby Diocese before Lambeth Conference, details to follow. A chance to reflect from the Global South and Derbyshire perspectives.




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.


Green Christian: write up by John Payne from the recent retreat at Launde Abbey (Nov 2019).


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...

Mission and Creation Care for disciples, John Ray Institute


Service resources can be found at shrinking the footprint,  and Germinate.

Creation Communion, Syliva Walker

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



launched in association with Climate Coalition and Cafod  'Green Hearts'

Creation Communion  and school resources from Operation Noah including baked alaska clips

Study resources

Tenants of the King, a 4 part study looking at what the Bible has to say about climate change, from Operation Noah. Worth looking at purely for answers to common questions pages 22-25. Copies were offered at clergy Conference 2018.

Faith in a Changing Climate USPG downloadable study resource with case studies from across the Anglican Communion. Printed copies are available on request. It includes a very helpful page on Climate Change FAQs (p6&7). Copies were circulated by Rev Richard Reade at Clergy Conference 2018.

Church Mission Society study resource 'The Possible world'.


Bible study based on Cherishing the Earth (2008) Margot and Martin Hodson- six week course.


Eco Centre Wirksworth runs courses on hedgelaying, bee keeping, woodland management.....

tel: 01629 533038.


Resources and recent news archive

A Rocha UK events

Green Christian Events and resources.

Christian Climate Action events 

Whistlewood Common near Melbourne, South Derbyshire.


TEARfund rubbish campaign.

Derby City Council passed the Climate Emergency motion unamended and with no abstentions.



New words for the (original Cecil Frances) hymn All things bright and beautiful from A McCosh in Lichfield Diocese.


A new song for season of Creation 2019.

Creation Time resources from the Church of England 1 September 2019 - 4 October 2019 with links to those from Anglican Communion and ARocha Green Communion.

JRI reflection for Creationtide 2019 by Richard Clarkson.


Transition Chesterfield latest newsletter.


Arocha 'When Silence is not an option' blog.


Food in the Anthropocene, how changes in diet could feed the planets population.

Living the change

Frack Free Barlborough talk with Dr Ian Fairlie, international toxicologist talking about radon risk in Fracking. For Powerpoint slides email.


Sustainable Heating and Lighting conference [Powering Gods Northern Powerhouse Dec 2018] resources to download. 


Plastic-Less Living

For more about reducing use of plastic see Plastic-Less Living on Facebook. 

Greenpeace have a #pointlessplastic campaign.

Also see the find article which you are invited to publish, if editing it please ask permission before publishing.

Plastic Free Shopping map. Why not check your retailer is here?

Advice from Friends of the Earth on plastic and clothing.

 Lent 2019

Joy in Enough from Green Christian offer a confession . A call to the church in Britain to acknowledge our complicity in consumerism and climate change.

Living Lent invites you to make 6 changes for the benefit of the Environment.





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