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Engaging on climate change

This year's Diocesan Environment Officer(DEO) day takes place on 1st November in Church House, Westminster. The day focuses on sharing best practice and experience of engaging communities with climate change. Most dioceses now have a DEO and this annual event is a way of keeping in touch with all the amazing work that takes place across the country on environmental issues. From churchyard allotments and green energy schemes to encouraging lifestyle change and liturgical resources there is plenty going on. The programme is available here.


Take action during the Season of Creation

Climate change is potentially fatal for the most fragile countries on earth - and the billions of people who live in them. Will you join Christians worldwide next month in praying for creation and taking action to respond to this crisis?

September 1 was proclaimed as the World Day of Prayer for Creation by the Orthodox Church in 1989, and many other Christian churches have joined since then, with Pope Francis most recently in 2015. It was then extended to be a month-long Season of Creation, ending on October 4 (Feast of St. Francis).

See the Archbishop of Canterbury's film here. 

Visit the Season of Creation website and find out how you can join in:

Worship resources have been curated by Canon Vicky Johnson, Residentiary Canon at Ely Cathedral and are available here.

Church Commissioners top rated for Responsible Investment by UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment

The Church Commissioners have again been highly rated for their work on Responsible Investment over the past year by a United Nations-backed organisation, receiving a series of 'A' ratings and scoring above-average in every category.

The report, supplied to each signatory of the Principles for Responsible Investment by the organisation of the same name (PRI), assesses progress and gives recipients a rating in a series of categories. The Commissioners again received the highest possible rating (A+) in the main strategy and governance category. They received A ratings for responsible investment in listed equity, private equity, credit strategies and indirect property, as well as receiving a B rating for responsible investment in direct property. In addition this was the first year the Commissioners have received an 'A' rating for engagement and voting, and comes after filing high-profile shareholder resolutions Glencore and ExxonMobil earlier this year.

Edward Mason, Head of Responsible Investment for the Church Commissioners, said "Responsible Investment is intrinsic to the Church Commissioners' work, and this report is a good sign that we are on track on our responsible investment journey. Working closely with the Church of England's shareholder engagement team, we will be seeking to build on what we have achieved throughout the rest of 2016 and beyond."

More here.

Primer for Paris - Climate Change basics

With the Paris UN climate talks on the horizon Shrinking the Footprint have produced an introduction to Climate Change or primer for those who want to brush up on some basic background.

To take a look at the document click here.

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