Diocesan Synod back Carbon Neutral Plans
5th Oct 2020
Chelmsford Diocesan Synod votes overwhelmingly in support of two key motions on caring for God’s creation.
This month Diocesan Synod met virtually via zoom and passed two motions in response to the climate crisis.
The first motion enables the Diocese of Chelmsford to move forward with the task set by the Church of England’s General Synod earlier this year to become carbon neutral by 2030. This ambitious target includes all church buildings, offices, church halls and Voluntary Aided church schools. The Diocesan Environment Group (DEG) will present plans for a diocesan strategy to Bishops Council this November which includes working with deaneries and groups such as the Diocesan Property team, The Diocesan Board of Education and the Diocesan Advisory Committee.
The second motion, brought forward by the Redbridge Deanery, encourages parishes across Essex and East London to engage with the A Rocha Eco Church scheme and the Diocese to progress towards achieving ECO Diocese status.
The A Rocha Eco Church Scheme is a great way for churches to become more environmentally sustainable. To join the scheme, a church needs to assess its current ecological credentials using the Eco Church questionnaire, then decide on its own action plan. A church can be awarded Bronze, Silver and Gold status depending on the actions it takes.
The Venerable Elizabeth Snowden, Archdeacon of Chelmsford and Chair DEG said:
I am delighted with the overwhelming support for the environment related motions. We here much in the news about the climate and environmental crises we face as a planet. Synod saw this diocese taking important first steps to address this as part of our call to mission, and in doing so we are witnessing to the call of God on each of us to steward and care for creation.
"For creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God. - Romans 8:19"
More information on the Eco Church scheme and how parishes can assess and reduce carbon consumption can be found on the new environment pages of our website.