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Church of England Environment Programme – Winter 2019
The Bishop of Salisbury, The Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam, Chair of the National Environment Working Group, writes:
“2020 is a critical year for gathering momentum on the climate and other ecological concerns, with a motion at General Synod, the Lent campaign, Lambeth2020, plus a strong faith voice at the COP26 international climate talks.”
Available here: Environment Programme Winter 2019 Newsletter
Questions for Hustings – General Election Nov-2019:
Questions received in response to Rachel’s recent email request, are now available for your information and use, see:
October 2019 – Our new Diocesan Environment Officer (DEO), Rachel Johnston:
“It’s a huge privilege and a heavy responsibility to have been appointed to this role when our environment, the beautiful world which God created, is in crisis. I became involved in environmental issues after having attended the inspirational ‘Caring for God’s Earth’ Conference in St Albans Abbey in 2015 – when I first realised the scale of the destruction facing our environment as a result of climate change …….
This inspired me to join the Pilgrimage to Paris, organised by the Church of England and Christian Aid before the Paris 2015 Climate Talks. We set off in determination and hope that, with the support and prayers of Christians across the nation, our pilgrimage would reach Paris, where a petition would be presented, calling for climate justice for the world’s poor and for the leaders of the nations to take urgent action to prevent irreversible damage to the environment. The historic treaty that resulted was truly an answer to prayer, but, sadly, there has been insufficient action by politicians to bring necessary changes into effect ……
My hope is that as a Diocese we will be able to extend the range of support and resources to enable all parishes to put Living God’s Love into practice, living with respect for others and caring for the world in which we live. ….. Every positive action we take will make a difference for those most affected by climate change now and for generations in the future.
As a first step, a network across the Diocese will be established, so that we can provide practical support, encouragement and inspiration for parishes …. We need enthusiastic volunteers, able to share expertise and experience, or simply willing to help. If you would be interested in being part of a network, please contact me – I would be delighted to hear from you.” Email: Rachel – Environment Officer or call on tel no. 07947989770 .
Full message from Rachel here: DEO Introductory Message
Church of England Environment Programme – Autumn 2019
1. It’s the Season of Creation (1st Sep – 4th Oct).
2. During the Season of Creation, why not boost biodiversity?
3. Archbishop of Canterbury’s presidential address to the Anglican Consultative Council
4. Comment on fires in the Amazon
5. Events Diary Sep-Dec
6. Find your local Diocesan Environment Officer.
7. Environmental News from General Synod July 2019
8. Update on National Investing Bodies’ climate engagement work
9. Update on The Transition Pathway Initiative
10. Eco Church update : Over 1000 Eco Churches and 17 Diocese!
11. 2020 a year of action : Lent, Lambeth, and COP
12. Useful theological resources, linking faith and the environment
13. Diocese of Canterbury Outlook Magazine – “We’ve got 12 years”
14. Christian Aid’s FREE campaigning toolkit
15. Energy audits and carbon foot-printing
Read the Environment Programme Autumn 2019 Newsletter