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.
Green Health Awards
The benefits of engaging with the natural world for mental, physical and spiritual health is increasingly recognised. These new awards, run in partnership with the Church Times, will recognise churches who are engaging with this work. For example, those communities which make best use of their outdoor space to promote the links between natural environment and our health. The Green Health Awards have now been launched. Do you know a church using its land to promote mental and/or physical wellbeing? Nominate them here.
Latest news is out now!
What's the Church of England doing on the environment? What's the most cost effective way to reduce your church building's environmental impact and cut running costs? What resources are available on environmental issues and what events are coming up?
Find out the answers and plenty more in the spring e-news.
This e-news is also available in Word format here.
Join the Lent Plastics Challenge
8 tonnes of plastic is dumped in the sea every minute.
Globally, plastics have reached every part of the world’s oceans with the ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ thought to be 6 times the size of the UK.
Through reducing our own use of plastic we can take action, following the fifth mark of mission 'to safeguard the integrity of creation and to sustain the life of the earth'. Live it out, talk about it and slowly re-shape society. We have updated the Lent Plastic Challenge and it is available in Word or PDF format - please amend it as you want and use locally.
“We must not be indifferent or resigned to the loss of biodiversity and the destruction of ecosystems, often caused by our irresponsible and selfish behaviour....Because of us, thousands of species will no longer give glory to God by their very existence … We have no such right." “The resolve to live differently should affect our various contributions to shaping the culture and society in which we live,” Pope Francis