Church of England Environmental Resources

Go to Environment home page'Changing the Myths we live by'
A keynote article by former Archbishop of Canterbury the Rt Revd Dr Rowan Williams, written in 2004.

“In his first major intervention on the environment since becoming Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Williams warned that damage being inflicted on the planet was "making the human future more and more precarious."

The Rt Revd Dr Rowan Williams, 104th Archbishop of CanterburyHe encouraged the British government to take the lead in the international arena in promoting new approaches.

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Our Hope for God’s Creation:
DVD produced by the Church of England's Northern Province

‘Our Hope for God’s Creation’, produced by the Church of England in Yorkshire and the North East, illustrates how very different parishes are responding to the threats posed by climate change as we are called to steward God’s creation.

Our Hope for God's CreationIt features the solar panels on Bradford Cathedral’s roof, and churches of various traditions in Leeds, Newcastle, Sheffield, Wakefield and York, as well as featuring a vicarage in Durham diocese with air-source heat pumps.

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Church and Earth 2009 – 2016
The Church of England’s 7-year plan on Climate Change and the Environment

'Church and Earth' outlines policies on climate change mitigation and adaptation.

These will be overseen by the Church of England's Shrinking the Footprint campaign, set up in 2006, and implemented by the Church's 41 dioceses, 16,200 churches and 4,700 schools across the UK in an effort to cut the combined annual carbon footprint of around 330,000 tonnes CO2*.

Church and Earth includes emissions reduction targets for the Church as a whole, in line with the national target of 80% by 2050, and with an interim aim of reducing the Church's carbon footprint by 42% by 2020.

Church and EarthThe plan puts education and young people at the heart of the Church's climate change strategy, with all 4,700 church schools nationwide aiming to achieve 'eco-school' status and implementing Government policy on education for sustainable development.

C of E launches Action Plan; 2009 news release

Read 'Church and Earth' here.

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