Caring for the whole of creation is part of who we are as Christians.
It is part of one of the strategic priorities in our Diocesan Vision: We will work to ensure that ecological concerns are integral to our life together as we care for our single island planet home.
It is named as one of the Anglican five marks of mission: To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.
As a Diocese we have made a commitment to be carbon neutral by 2030 in line with the national Church of England commitment. We are also working on broader environmental commitments through the Eco Church Award scheme. We were awarded our Bronze Eco-Diocese award in November 2023 and are now working towards Silver.
We see the environment as underpinning all Christian mission and ministry. As we share Good News against the backdrop of climate and nature crises, we need to be able to express the hope that our faith in Christ brings, and how it enables us to move beyond despair to action. We also need to consider the negative impact that climate changes has on the world’s poorest, sometimes called ‘climate justice.’ Human concerns too drive us to care for the home that feeds us. This means that the environment is not one competing priority among many but the backdrop to all our concerns.
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We are a community of ordinary Christians from all backgrounds and traditions. Inspired by our faith, we work to care for Creation through prayer, living simply, public witness, campaigning and mutual encouragement.