Environment & Climate Change
Welcome to our environment page! You will find information and support here on a range of environmental matters, including biodiversity, eco-church and Fairtrade.
You can also contact Sophie Phillips, our Net Zero Carbon Officer by email.
Why do we care?
“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.
As Christians we are called to love God, our neighbours and our planet. God made the world to be in balance and harmony, but we live in a world which is very far removed from how God intended it to be, with biodiversity loss and the impacts of climate change urgent threats. The National Church of England and Diocese of Exeter are aiming to be net carbon zero by 2030, to reduce our contribution to the cause of climate change. This is an ambitious and complex target, yet it is to be approached with positive and urgent commitment as we practice the biblical call to social and environmental justice and restoration.
This report by Tearfund and Youthscapes found that 9 out of 10 young Christians are concerned about climate change, but only 1 in 10 believe their churches are doing enough about it. The Church has more potential to use it’s social and political influence to actively pursue social and environmental justice through addressing the climate emergency. See young people from across the UK calling the Church to action in this challenging video.