Environment: what's happening

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Congratulations to Glossop 

read their story on the front page click here

If you are not yet registered as a parish, why not check out the new user guide and tutorial from A Rocha along with the Diocesan bitesize course.


Latest training / events from internal and external networks

Upcoming Events




The Church of England Environment Team actively support Diocesan Environment Officers (DEO). They are a brilliant team to connect with.

They are offering wider invite virtual events twice a year. If you are reading this as a volunteer from a parish in Diocese of Derby you are invited.

The dates in 2023 are:-

Thursday March 16th 2-3:30 Register in advance for this meeting.

Tuesday September 12th 2-3:30 Register in advance for this meeting. 

This is free and if you can't attend on the day you will get updated information through signing up.


As part of the new action packs on Net Zero there are some new resources click here.

There are Webinars in support of this:-

 BOOK HERE  This webinar will give you the key findings from the Church of England's Carbon Emissions Report for 2021. It will also explain what is in- and out-of-scope of the Church of England's Net Zero Carbon target, and how we approach measurement using the Energy Footprint Tool for churches and the wider Energy Toolkit for other buildings and travel.
Presented by Tom Wood from the national Research and Statistics Team, who has developed the Energy Toolkit and has written the national Carbon Emissions report and Catherine Ross, who works on Net Zero Carbon as part of the CofE Environment Programme.

 BOOK HERE  Does your church want to know it's carbon footprint? Find out how, and why it's important.
This practical webinar will explain what you need to know to use the Energy Footprint Tool; what information you need to have to hand, and how to enter it. It also touches on the wider 360Carbon tool, for those keen churches which want to go further.

The webinar will also tell you how the information can help your parish, your diocese, and the national Church, to make plans to achieve Net Zero Carbon.
Presented by Tom Wood from the national Research and Stats team (the team which created and runs the EFT), Matthew Barber-Rowell, Eco Transformation, Manchester Diocese, who has actively worked with local churches to complete the EFT, Caroline Pomeroy / Adrian Frost (tbc) from Climate Stewards, the Christian offsetting charity behind the 360Carbon tool.


 BOOK HERE This webinar tells you where to start, if you want to create a net zero carbon action plan for your diocese, church, school, or other organisation.

There are pointers about where to find data, the principles to adopt, who to involve, where you can find helpful examples, and the kind of milestones you may want to adopt.

Presented by Denise Rowley, Church of England Net Zero Carbon Programme Officer, who coordinated the creation of the CofE's Routemap to Net Zero Carbon  


4. Feb 9, 2023 16:00-17:00 BECOMING A NET ZERO CARBON SCHOOL
 BOOK HERE This webinar is part of our regular series for schools, aiming to become net zero carbon. This update covers:
* NEW resources to help schools,
* what key milestones to include in your own action plan,
* the Energy Toolkit, now open for entry for 2022 data,
* two inspiring case study videos from Blackburn and Gloucester dioceses.

It is aimed at school leadership teams, Business Managers, eco-governors, teachers leading on the environment for their school, and those in relevant diocesan roles.
PresentersRobyn Ford, Estates and Policy Officer, national Education Office, Matt Fulford from Inspired Efficiency, who has carried out hundreds of school energy audits


5. Feb 23, 2023 12:00-13:00, BECOMING A NET ZERO CARBON DIOCESE
 BOOK HERE This webinar is primarily aimed at those in diocesan roles who are helping their diocese become Net Zero Carbon. It goes through the key milestones for dioceses, where you can find resources and information to help you, and practical examples of what dioceses are doing. A tour of the online 'Net Zero Carbon Resource Hub' is included, and an update on national funding.
Presented by Denise Rowley, CofE Net Zero Carbon Programme Officer, will be joined by a panel of people from dioceses around the country at different stages in their work.


Two options:

This webinar will help your church get started on becoming a net zero carbon church. Come along to find out:
* What net zero carbon means?
* What kind of practical change might it require?
* How do you know your start point?
* What resources are out there to help you?
* Plus inspiring examples from churches around the country

Presented by Catherine Ross, who has led on net zero carbon for the Cathedral and Church Buildings Division, including creating the "Practical Path to Net Zero Carbon for Churches"





Young Christian Climate Network, are an action-focused community of young Christians in the UK aged 18-30, website https://www.yccn.uk/ 

Their campaign Take the Veg Pledge, includes a recorded launch event, 

What Would Jesus Eat?, exploring connections of food, Christianity & climate change.



Latest statement on Biodiversity from the Church of England National Investing Bodies Church of England’s National Investing Bodies publish Deforestation Policy | The Church of England



Climate intercessors monthly Zoom prayer meet is on the second Tuesday of the month recommences in February 2023

at 1pm or 8pm.

It is a well managed international prayer gathering

with items of focus - both well researched and with continuity.

Recommended by DEO as a useful space to listen, thank God and interceed on these issues it is highly recommended. It is also a valued antidote to being overwhelmed or grieving the impact of humans on the planet. there is also a monthly update to direct your prayers see Prayer Resources & Guides — Climate Intercessors.

click here to find out more Climate Intercessors


Local News: Eco Church newsletter

If you are from a parish in Diocese of Derby and want to obtain the newsletter then email. It is offered approximately three times a year. Last publication date was 19 October 2022.


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 Webinars on Land and Nature for Churches Count on Nature 


Operation Noah: 

Operation Noah: News Expanding the Bright Now Campaign. 

Church Land and the Climate Crisis report 2022: says we should 1) get our own house in order, 2) use our assets- land and investments- wisely, 3) use our voice.


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. 18 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

ARocha UK produced prayers including videos for Great Big Green week Pray with us this Great Big Green Week - A Rocha UK.

A new resource combining the benefits of previous resources with preaching notes and ideas for every Sunday in 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 for Season of Creation /Climate Sunday and by Christian Concern for One World Dates for 2022: 1 Sept- 4 Oct 2022. 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 updated for 2022 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. 

Last modified on Tuesday, 31 January 2023 12:42