Caring for the Environment

 Image of Agricultural Rice Plantation by Sasin Tipchai from Pixabay

From the natural world people see creation in many forms and get a glimpse of God’s vast imagination. Many find they are close to God in nature, able to listen and have glimpses of the gifts and the surprises generously given us. Christians also believe that the Church should have a vital role in care for the environment and good stewardship for future generations; this has become all the more apparent in the present Climate Emergency.

Eco Church, organised by A Rocha, is a programme to encourage churches in such stewardship and care, at parochial and diocesan levels. Birmingham was one of the first three dioceses to receive Eco Diocese accreditation in September 2016, and in November 2018 the third to gain a Bronze award.  Such accreditation provides a framework for our environmental practice. By Easter 2020, 65 out of Birmingham’s 182 parishes had registered for the Eco Church programme – of which 27 obtained bronze and 6 silver awards.

Our diocese supports the Church of England in its goal of becoming ‘carbon net zero’ by 2030. (An urgent need is for each parish to complete the Energy Footprint Tool by 31st August 2021; for further details please go to the page "Completing the Energy Footprint Tool"). It is also home to the Birmingham Anglican Climate Action group (BACA), a voluntary group who promote the practice of combating climate change within the diocese and the wider Anglican Communion. Members of our diocese share in the interfaith climate action work of “Footsteps: Faiths for a Low Carbon Future”; they also take part in secular environmental action and campaigning groups.

Care for the Environment is relevant for all parts of diocesan life. It is currently a priority for the Property Division and features in their website pages. An overview is maintained by the Bishop’s Adviser for the Environment, the Revd Patrick Gerard who shares prayers and information. Contact details below.


Revd Patrick Gerard

Bishop's Advisor for the Environment

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