As a diocese, we are committed to taking climate change seriously. In March we passed 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 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.