eco church

Caring for God’s creation

Climate change and care for creation

Human-induced climate change and ecological degradation around the world are now a matter of well-accepted scientific fact. The deepening global crisis will fundamentally affect the lives of all of us – it is already having a devastating effect on those in developing countries – and its effects will be unimaginably worse for future generations.

Many communities, organisations and individuals are responding with ambitious plans to play their part in responding to this crisis. As Christians, we believe that God calls us to care for creation, to help those in need, and to seek justice and peace; so we ought to be stepping up to advocate for change, both locally and globally.

In February 2020, the Church of England’s General Synod set new targets for all parts of the church to ramp-up efforts to reduce harmful emissions and become carbon ‘net zero’ by 2030. Over recent months, despite the struggle against Covid-19, we have seen actions increasing across the wider church, and specifically in the Diocese of Oxford, to recognise the global climate emergency and to encourage a response from individuals and church communities.

All Saints Marlow already has a good track record of energy saving activities and raising awareness of care for creation, resulting in the church achieving an Eco Church bronze-level award in 2018.  However, at the Church Council meeting in November 2020, support was given to a proposal to renew and invigorate these efforts, and specifically to:

  • Re-energise our Eco Church engagement with the aim of gaining the silver-level award, and then ultimately the gold award in due course
  • Recognise the climate emergency and set a target for the church to reach ‘net zero’ carbon emissions by 2030
  • Develop a clear action plan, starting with a time of eco-focus in 2021 to help encourage church-wide engagement and exploration of care for creation and climate justice; through worship and teaching, small group study, materials for children’s and youth group, and communication.
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Eco Church is an award scheme for churches in England and Wales who want to demonstrate that the gospel is good news for God’s earth and that caring for creation as an integral part of loving their neighbours and following God faithfully. It is operated by A Rocha UK – a charity committed to helping Christians in the UK to care for the natural world.

The online survey and supporting resources are designed to equip churches to express care for God’s earth across five themes: in worship and teaching; in how to look after buildings and land; in how to engage with the local community and in global campaigns, and in the personal lifestyles of the congregation.

To get more information about Eco Church, and to get involved, please contact Paul Taylor via paul.taylor@4u-team.org