Climate Action Day - 20 September 2019

Churches across the diocese are being urged to get involved in a climate action day on 20 September. This page is regularly updated as more resources and information become available.

Parliament has declared a climate change emergency and a series of climate strikes have taken place across the UK and elsewhere, led by young people. From 20-27 September there will be a global week of action to coincide with the UN Climate Summit on 23 September.

The diocese is committed to taking climate change seriously through a new Diocesan Environmental Policy and Action Plan. Parishes across the diocese are registering for Eco Church – a national award that recognises and supports churches who are working to become more environmentally friendly.

Our four bishops are encouraging churches, clergy and diocesan staff to show solidarity with young people to demand an end to the age of fossil fuels and climate justice for everyone.

Action includes:

Schools are also playing their part:

  • Churchfield CE Primary Academy in Rugeley are collecting plastic lids to make art and craft projects which will then be reformed into items including playground equipment for refugee camps in Calais, along with other awareness-raising activities on 20 September.
  • A dedicated Climate Action awareness-raising worship service will be held at All Saints CE Primary School in Alrewas and at St Stephen's Primary School in Fradley.

Bishop Clive, diocesan lead on the Environment, said: “Our diocesan vision includes a prayer that we become a church ‘that partners with others in seeking the common good, working for justice as people of hope.’ As we grow deeper in our love for Jesus, we learn to love our neighbour, which applies to the whole of creation as much as our human neighbour. So often the care of creation has been seen as a marginal preoccupation within the life of the Church. But by making small changes to our own lifestyles and campaigning for the government to make big changes we can be part of halting the progress of climate change."

Churches are encouraged to share their efforts on social media with the hashtags #climatechange and #chadclimateaction

A range of special resources from Lichfield Diocese and beyond are available:

  • Click here for the latest resources for individuals and churches collated by our Diocesan Environmental Officer Richard Clarkson.
  • Special resources are now available for schools - including ideas for collective worship and reflection; RE, Science and Art lessons and community engagement - from our Board of Education Team here.
  • The action day takes place during the church season of Creationtide (1 Sept - 4 Oct). A list of Creationtide resources is available here.
  • There is also information and resources on 20 September from Christian Aid here.

Streetly Methodist Church is also invited people to join in its Eco Festival: Birds, Bees and Cooking on Saturday 21 September.

Let us know your plans at comms@lichfield.anglican.org