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What’s happening in the diocese

Caring for creation and responding to current environmental crises including the climate emergency is important to the diocese.

Chelmsford Diocese has a long history of environmental activity and has had an environmental policy for almost twenty years. 

Caring for God’s creation and responding to the negative effects of human behaviour on the environment, including responding to the climate emergency is becoming increasingly important to many within the diocese. 

This page describes people in the Chelmsford diocese involved environmental activity and responses to the climate emergency; policies, strategies and plans; our progress; and success stories.

Diocesan Environmental Policy

The Diocesan Environment Policy can be viewed on the link below. As we progress with our Carbon Net Zero 2030 project, we aim to review other diocesan policies to ensure they meet the aim of reducing carbon to net zero within the next decade.

Key contacts

The Diocesan lead for the environment is the Bishop of Colchester, the Rt Revd Roger Morris.

Day-to-day responsibility for the Carbon Net Zero 2030 project and general environmental enquiries rests with the Diocesan Environmental Officer, the Revd Sandra Eldridge.

If you would like to publicise an upcoming environmental event, or share a good news story, please contact the Diocesan Communications Team

Other Diocesan Documents

People and groups

Deanery Environmental Advocates

We are recruiting environmental advocates for each deanery and hope to have advocates in every deanery by April 2024. Deanery Advocates encourage churches in their deaneries with Eco church and on their paths to carbon net zero. They also encourage networking in the deanery. 

Some quotes from our advocates:

Michael Forbes (Waltham Forest): "Just having the title "Environmental Advocate" is a great inspiration to undertake the mission."  

Jacqui Hogger (Braintree):  "What I have gained from being an advocate is the awareness that caring for our Earth and Climate which is in great peril, need not be all doom and gloom. The privilege of being an Environmental Advocate enables the interaction between a diverse range of people, groups and organisations to realise that working together we can make a positive impact on the World around us for the good. Many small steps will lead to bigger strides." 

Click on the deanery name below for the name and email of the deanery environmental advocate: 

Diocesan Environment Group

The group meets several times a year to plan next steps, and review plans, strategies, and documents. The group is chaired by the Diocesan Environmental Lead, and works closely with the Diocesan Environmental Officer.

  • More about the Diocesan Environmental Group

    The group's role can be summarised using 5 "Cs": 

    Being a Catalyst for the little things we can do

    Contributing to making Campaigning accessible for all

    Contributing to keeping Carbon Net Zero on track

    Championing great ideas and great ways forward

    Encouraging Culture change in the diocese, and by churches and church members


Carbon Net Zero Management Board 

The Board meets at least five times a year to implement and monitor the Net Zero Carbon Action Plan. The group is chaired by the Diocesan Environmental Lead, and works closely with the Diocesan Environmental Officer.

  • More about the Carbon Net Zero Management Board

    The principal aim of the Board is to encourage and enable an ever-increasing level of both awareness and positive action towards the decarbonisation of the Diocese, and the embedding of this within the spiritual life of all our communities, including churches and schools. 

Climate Action Now - monthly newsletters 


Good News Stories

St Mary's Bocking July 23rd 2023

Walk around Bocking, July 2023 

On July 23rd, St Mary's, Bocking, organised a gentle guided walk of 2.2 miles around the rural village of Bocking, taking in two natural historic power sources, one of which you can see in the photograph. Twenty five people across a range of ages took part, enjoying the area, wildlife and history mix. A fun addition for Junior Church members proved to be popular with all and quite competitive! Jacqui Hogger, who organised the walk says: "I was pleased with the response considering it was holiday season. Since the walk the feedback has been positive so much so I have been asked to organise another walk in October." 

St Anne's Chingford October 2023

Litter picking in Chingford, October 2023

A few times a year, members of St Anne's Chingford litter pick near the church. It's an activity that brings people together and makes it clear how much the church values their local environment.  

For more information or to report anything wrong with this page please contact Revd Sandra Eldridge