Sunday, 20 January 2019 12:12

What's Happening


The energy footprint tool is live to end July 2022. We encourage all our churches to enter their data of annual energy use. We measure what we value.

>> Energy Footprint Tool (CofE website)


100% Eco Dioceses registered and Eco Church reaches further in Wales and North of England.

4000+ churches register with A Rocha UK as Eco churches. Their target is to increase that to 6000, 25% of churches! 


There are new resources aimed at Young People at Youth - Eco Church (arocha.org.uk). Aimed at different age groups and with suggestions you can use in interactive sessions.


Latest training / events


Sustaining Church

Wed 13 and Thurs 14 July 2022

Virtual and international event hosted by Hazelnut Community Farm, Bristol.

Speakers include Andy Lester, Christopher Carter, Debra Reinstra, Shilpita Matthews 

and Shane Clairborne.

Cost: donations. Register at Sustaining Church: Reimagining Communities of Faith in a Climate Crisis Tickets | Eventbrite


Climate intercessors monthly zoom 


The Great Big Green Week (Sep 2022)

The Great Big Green Week is a nationwide celebration of action on climate change, taking place across the UK from Saturday, 24 September - Sunday, 2 October 2022.
It falls during the Church's Season of Creation (and Climate Sunday), giving Christian groups the perfect opportunity to join in.

In 2021, over 5000 events took place and over 200,000 people took part.
>> Watch the 2 min video about GBGW 2021.
>> For information about funding go to their website.


Green Christian Events: 

Building Back greener: Green Christians Annual meeting

7-8 Oct 2022, hybrid events, and in person in Birmingham. Bursary available in some circumstances: apply.




Subscribe to the Church of England Environment bulletin for the latest offer nationally including virtual training courses

It includes training opportunities and is recommended for Eco Churches and parishes working to net zero.


Citizen Science: Churches Count on Nature

Catch up on the recent Webinars on Land and Nature for Churches Count on Nature 


Operation Noah: 

Operation Noah: News Expanding the Bright Now Campaign. The next global divestment announcement is 5 July 2022.


Environmental Fundraising - webinar recordings can be viewed here.

See Funding - Parish ResourcesParish Resources and/or  Diocesan advice.



Recommended publications

  • “There is no Planet B” and “How bad are bananas?” by Mike Berners Lee 
  • “Wilding” by Isabella Tree – about nature and rewilding in general and the Knepp Estate (West Sussex) in particular
  • “Saving Us: A Climate Scientist's Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World” by Katharine Hayhoe 
  • “A Christian Guide to Environmental Issues” by Martin J Hodson and Margot R Hodson

Grove Booklets


IPCC report Feb 2022 shows climate change is hitting wildlife hard. 

IPCC report published (Aug 2021) shows 

  • It is unequivocal that human behaviour is changing the climate
  • The impacts of climate change are already being felt in every region across the globe (temperate regions are not safe)
  • The impacts of climate change will continue to get worse until we stop burning fossil fuel
  • The longer we leave it to make change, the worse the impacts will be

Summary for Policymakers and comment from Bishop Graham.



Eco Church case studies and webinars from the CofE.



Eco Church

40 parishes in this Diocese have registered as Eco Churches. 11 have achieved awards. 14 Dioceses have achieved Bronze Eco Diocese awards.
To contact a local church engaging or find volunteering opportunities contact or go to find a church.

There is a bitesize introductory course on Becoming an Eco church (community section) and a resource sheet for parishes.

The Eco Church website has a resources page - everything from measuring your carbon footprint, or being wildlife friendly to different types of recyclable cup available.

Please contact us when you register your parish so we can keep in touch with your news and share training and new resources. If you have been on the journey for sometime, please give the best email contact for your parish or benefice.


Buildings advice 

Historic England guidance and webinar programme

SPAB - Society for Protection of Ancient Buildings

Advice in this Diocese is from DAC


Carbon footprint 



Useful carbon footprint transport calculator from Climate Stewards - it allows you to compare journeys.

The Environment Working Group are looking car charging points currently so advice will be forthcoming.

OZEV- grants for EV car charging posts.

EV charging postsZap Map.
(note - church webinar programme above includes a webinar on EV car charging). 

Simply car share journeys, use of public transport and active travel are ways to act more sustainably too.

 Sustainable preaching and Service resources

Year round Sermon resources at Sustainable Preaching and Greening the Lectionary

If you decide to hold an outdoor service see the Church of England advice and related resources. 
Ask your Pioneer minister about Forest Church or Muddy Church.


Churches could do more on climate change. 
Tearfund report with young Christians: only 1:10 young people say churches are acting as they should.
Two thirds of young people had never heard a Sunday sermon on the issue.
>> Tearfund campaigns information.


Worship and music 

Many resources have been compiled by Climate Sunday and by Christian Concern for One World Date/topic for 2022 to be fixed but it links with Great Big Green Week

Outdoor worshipguidance page  

Creation-themed liturgy A Time for Creation

Liturgy for the Agricultural Year

Doxecology by Resound worship

Bishop Olivia of Reading’s theological reflections (+Olivia chairs the Oxford net zero taskforce)

A Rocha International - YouTube channel - search for Dave Bookless New Wine talks NL 2020 


Land and nature

Land and nature webinar programme - A great place to start, with lots of videos offering practical advice on a wide range of topics from bats to biodiversity, trees to Forest Church, and managing your grass. (You can also find them as a single YouTube playlist here.) 

CofE Biodiversity page and Trees page 

Botanical Companion which has a list of the species most often found in churchyards:

Caring for God’s Acre free resources

Grass cutting advice sheet  


information sheet on the Five Steps for good churchard management 

Bats in Churches project  



study resources. 


Saying Yes to Life Ruth Valerio, written as a lent course - useful stand alone chapters for novice and engaged Christian. Highly readable. Available as a book and as a e-read. Second hand as little as £2.50.


Tenants of the King, a 4 part study (downlaodable for a donation ) 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. Paper copies were offered at clergy Conference 2018 so ask around and it was recommended by those who used it.

Dave Bookless Planetwise and God doesn't do waste. The study series for planetwise. Dave was a founder of A Rocha Uk which gave rise to Eco church.

Mission and Creation Care for disciples, John Ray Institute.

Faith in a Changing Climate USPG downloadable study resource with case studies from across the Anglican Communion. It includes a very helpful page on Climate Change FAQs 


Bible study based on Cherishing the Earth (2008) Margot and Martin Hodson- six week course. A blend of science and theology.

Let there be stuff...? Course of 6 sessions aimed at teenagers/ young adults.

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

Christian Aid Theology of Climate Change.

Church Mission Society study resource 'The Possible world'.

Plenty from Joy in Enough (Green Christian) offer a study and a challenge to rethink our economy,  acknowledge our complicity in consumerism and climate change.

Range of resources from A Rocha including one based on Jesus and the earth, James Jones (2003).

Caring for Creation and Living in Hope York Courses


Nature Connection

 All age service from Sarah Brown sign up for her newsletter email.

Resources from Christian Climate Action 

Derbyshire Churches Environment Network service outline aimed at use in small social distanced groups in the outdoors.

Climate is highly political, some global multinationals have alot to loose. So Climate Denial hasn't gone away – here's how to spot arguments for delaying climate action. New research exposes the common tropes of bad faith arguments about climate change. Read more in The Conversation UK


Frameworks for individual / household action 

  • Creation Care, a framework for households which congregations can follow together
  • Count us in- 16 high impact steps which individuals can take to cut carbon
  • WWF Footprint Calculator - simple footprint tool, and an informative process


Frameworks for schools and youth 




News archive 

Green Christian magazine is freely available online. 

List of councils who have declared a Climate Emergency.


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.

LiftShare UK.

For the keen cyclist -the cathedral cycle route challenge

Plant Lock bike rack - as one example of what is possible where there is no local scheme available.

B-Lines - Buglife 

Misc Training

Climate Resilience

Forest Church


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. 


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