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There are many different ways of working towards a more environmentally sustainable world.

One of the ways we can work towards a more environmentally sustainable world is by taking actions within our churches to reduce waste, encourage biodiversity, and reducing carbon emissions. These actions can be small, for example stopping using disposable cups, including the environment more in intercessions or planting wild flowers, or large, for example installing solar panels and heat pumps. To help churches to consider what actions they might take, starting with smaller actions and building up to larger ones, A Rocha set up Eco Church. 

The Eco Church scheme enable churches to demonstrate that the gospel is good news for the whole of God's creation. 

A third of all churches in the Diocese have registered for Eco Church via the A Rocha website. A Rocha provide a wealth of resources to help churches consider their environmental credentials in five separate areas. For more information about the scheme and how to get started, go to the "Getting Started with Eco Church" section on this webpage.   


Can you support tree planting in Kenya?

During the Season of Creation in 2023 we listened to those from around the world talking about the effects of climate change in their countries (scroll down for more information). One of those countries was Kenya. All over Kenya, churches, schools, organisations and individuals are planting trees to mitigate the worst effects of climate change.

Peter Cowley Africa Trust appeal for tree planting in Kenya


28th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) November 30 to December 12, 2023.

The main achievements of COP28 are summarised here. 

Listen to our Lead Bishop for the environment, the Rt Rev'd Roger Morris, reflecting on COP28. 


Season of Creation and Black History Month 2023

Climate Justice is Racial Justice


In September and October 2023 we organised a series of events covering the Season of Creation and Black History Month. Picking up on the Season of Creation theme "Let Justice and Peace Flow" we explored the relationship between climate justice and racial justice under the umbrella "Climate Justice is Racial Justice."

The Programme for Season of Creation and Black History Month 2023

The programme (see below) developed from thinking about the effects of climate change which are being disproportionately felt by those who have done the least to cause this change and have the least resources to deal with what they are facing. In fact, the damage falls mostly on people of colour.

In three events during the Season of Creation we heard first-hand about the effects of climate change in different parts of the world and in a fourth event, Jeremy Williams, a writer and campaigner, the author of "Climate Change is Racist: Race, Privilege and the Struggle for Climate Justice", and the editor of the Christian Climate Action book "Time to Act", drew together what we had heard, and talked about causes and consequences. During Black History Month we explored the relationship between climate justice and racial justice further through poetry, a day-long study day, and a conversation about what we do next. Our programme is below and you can find recordings of all the sessions on our dedicated "Climate Justice is Racial Justice" page


These are resources that we recommended alongside the Season of Creation and Black History Month events in 2023. 


Dr Selina Stone. Fire, Fire, Fire. Black faith and the Environmental Crisis.  

In this podcast Dr Stone talks about climate change and the human actions that are leading to recent climate chaos. She says: I explore some of the beliefs which can prevent us from taking our responsibility for creation care seriously. And I discuss how caring for the earth ties in to our wider concerns for social justice.


Bishop Qampicha of Marsabit Diocese in Kenya talks to Sandra Eldridge, Chelmsford Diocese Enviromental Officer about The Effects of Climate Change in the Diocese of Marsabit.

This Al Jazeera video describes long term effects of the 2022 Pakistan floods.

These two Christian Aid Videos focus on the links between climate justice and racial justice. The first video is very short. Robert Beckford and others talk about these link. The second video is longer; a panel talk about why racial justice is at the heart of climate justice.

Books and articles:

Jeremy Williams. Climate Change is Racist: Race, Privilege and the Struggle for Climate Justice. Icon Books Ltd. 2021. In this book, the author takes us on a short, urgent journey across the globe from Kenya to India, the USA to Australia - to understand how climate justice and racial justice overlap.


Carbon Free 2030

In response to the climate crisis, the Church of England has committed to becoming entirely carbon neutral by 2030.  This is an ambitious target and includes all church buildings, offices, church halls, Voluntary Aided church schools, and lots more besides!

Use the links below to find links to our diocesan plan, plus useful tools for parishes and clergy in assessing and reducing carbon consumption.

Parish Return: Energy Footprint Tool

In addition to the normal annual return that parishes are required to make, there is now an extra section which collects data on churches’ energy usage.  This information is vital if the diocese is going to be able, both, to know the current level of carbon emissions we collectively produce through our activities, and to measure our progress over the next decade.

The return is very quick and easy to complete.  All you will need is your church’s utility bills from the last year and a figure for your total floorspace (this can be found in your last Quinquennial Report).

NB: You will need to login to the Church of England parish returns website to access the tool. Your login details will probably be held by the person who does statistics and finance returrns for your parish. If you don't have a login, please email statistics@chelmsford.anglican.org to request one. 

View the energy footprint tool


Churches getting to carbon net zero by 2030

Getting to net zero carbon emissions in ten years can sound a bit like pie in the sky. After all, most churches have oil or gas fired boilers and no insulation!  However, if you are worried that this will cost a fortune, don’t worry. The aim is for us to do what we can, not what we can’t, and we need to be realistic about what we can afford, and what is good value in environmental terms.

The Church of England have produced a guide for churches on how to achieve net zero, which can be accessed here

You can find more information on our dedicated webpage

For individual guidance, please contact the Diocesan Environmental Officer, Revd Sandra Eldridge

ECO church

A great way for churches to become more environmentally sustainable is through the Eco Church Award

Thousands of churches have joined up to this scheme, including lots from Chelmsford Diocese. To become an Eco Church, a church needs to assess its current ecological credentials using the Eco Church questionnaire, then decide on its own action plan, to reach the Bronze, Silver and Gold awards. 

It provides a fun and holistic way at looking at a church’s environmental footprint, and brings people together in the search for ways to make churches environmental hubs.  

You can find out more on our dedicated webpage

If you’re on Facebook, why not also join our Greening the Church page for regular updates.

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