The Church of England’s environmental goal of 'Shrinking the Footprint' is supported in the Birmingham Diocese. The goal is to reduce our own carbon footprint by reducing our energy usage. The Shrinking the Footprint project provides suggestions to help understand and control energy use in church buildings, halls and schools. Significant carbon and financial savings can be made in most buildings through better understanding and control of energy use.
On 14 September 2016, Bishop David signed Birmingham up as one of the first three Dioceses to be seeking Eco-Diocese accreditation, administered by A Rocha UK. Eco-Diocese provides a framework for our practical actions in making the Diocese more environmentally friendly. The central part of Eco-Diocese accreditation depends on the churches of the Diocese signing up with A Rocha UK as potential Eco-Churches, and working towards the Eco-Church accreditation. For Bronze level Eco-Diocese accreditation we need at least 10% of our churches to have signed up, and 5% to have secured awards. See if your church could become an Eco-Church here.
The Bishop’s Environmental Adviser is the
Revd Patrick Gerard, contact
T: 01564 782098
We are grateful to A Rocha UK for making available many environmental resources which are very useful to churches and to individuals. See the A Rocha website at www.arocha.org.uk
Hope for the Future Campaign
Hope for the Future is an ecumenical, nationwide campaign to encourage and equip individuals, churches and groups to lobby their MP on climate change.
Hope for the Future is a church-led campaign. The Church of England is pioneering the ecumenical campaign to reach as many churches as possible.
We want to get as many people writing as possible, so the campaign is also open for anybody to get involved with; Christian or not.
We passionately believe that God calls us to care for the Earth.
For more information, and to see how you can get involved, please visit www.hftf.org.uk.
Bishop's Comment: From Response to Responsibility
On the 1 June 2015 Bishop David highlighted the importance of caring for the environment through his monthly comment.
Read the comment by clicking here.
Climate Change and the Gospel
Our response to the challenges of climate change need to be part of our response to the gifts and challenge of the gospel. Bishop David encourages us to read this paper by Bishop David Atkinson (the former Bishop of Thetford, retired 2009) to help us with this.