Environment & Climate Change

“Reducing the causes of climate change is essential to the life of faith. It is a way to love our neighbour and to steward the gift of creation.”  – Archbishop Justin Welby. 

Climate change refers to a large-scale, long-term shift in the planet’s weather and climate patterns, caused by significant increases of carbon dioxide, alongside other greenhouse gases. The impacts of climate change affect us all, but exacerbate existing inequalities, so disproportionately affect the communities who have contributed least to its causes. This is a justice, as well as environmental issue, which, as Christians, we are called to address together in love.

The General Synod of the Church of England agreed in 2020 for all areas of the church to work towards net carbon zero by 2030. We want to do all we can to limit our emissions and the impacts of climate change, which will disproportionately affect the people who have least contributed to its causes. 2030 is an ambitious and complex target, yet it is a goal to be approached with positive and urgent commitment as we practice the biblical call to social and environmental justice and balance.

Please contact Lydia Perris, the Social Justice and Creation Care Officer, by email and follow her on Twitter @lydia_perris. Our Facebook pages, both the CofE Devon Community and EcoChurch South West are great places to share and learn from each other.

Please note, this page is currently being updated, so please bear with us. Sorry for any inconvenience caused – Thank you.

“It’s our sacred duty to protect the natural world we’ve so generously been given, as well as our neighbours around the world who will be first and worst affected. Without swift decisive action the consequences of climate change will be devastating.” Archbishop Justin Welby