European environmental collaboration
The European Christian Environmental Network (ECEN) celebrated 20 years of churches caring for creation at its assembly in Katowice from 6 to 10 October.
The setting in southern Poland was a fitting locale for an event focussed on the intersection of economic and ecological justice. Katowice is the heart of the coal and steel industries in Poland, but in a few short weeks will host the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24). In opening the assembly, ECEN Secretary Peter Pavlovic remarked, “There are increasing signs of hope. These include developing awareness among people around the globe, increasing public pressure on politicians, growing production of energy from renewable sources and changing attitude to climate change in powerful countries.”
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Winners of Green Health Awards announced
Representatives from churches around the country joined health and gardening professionals at the one day conference, during which the awards were presented. Delegates heard speakers from the RHS, the King’s Fund and other experts explain the benefits of gardening to physical and mental issues.
Mental health problems in local communities are now one of the biggest social issues Church of England clergy encounter. A survey of more than 1,000 senior clergy found that the proportion reporting that mental health is a ‘major’ or ‘significant’ problem in their local area increased sharply over the past five years.
The Green Health Awards and Green Health Live Conference are an initiative of the Church of England working with The Church Times, The Guild of Health and St Raphael and The Conservation Foundation to encourage more churches to see how their space can be used either by members of their own congregations or by community groups and health organisations.
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Summer 2018 Newsletter out now!
With the latest updates on Church investment, General Synod debates and the new material for Creationtide as well as numerous other resources and dates for the diary the summer 2018 newsletter is now available here and also in Word format here.
World Environment Day
The UN’s most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment.
The Church of England has a Christian presence in every community across England and in Europe, and is committed to making a positive impact on the environment.
This year's focus is on plastic pollution. Many of us used Lent to consider how we could reduce, reuse and recycle plastic waste and the Church continues to engage on this major issue. Take a look at prayers for World Environment Day and learn more about what some church communities are up to.