Caring for the Environment

About The Diocese > What We Do > Policies and Statements > Environment

God gave humankind stewardship over the environment and, in recent years, we have become increasingly aware of the many ways in which human activity is causing damage to nature.

Christians have a particular responsibility in environmental matters as we believe that God is the author and sustainer of all creation. We cannot turn our backs on pollution, global warming and over-consumption.

What is our diocese doing for the environment?

Following an inspirational 'Down to Earth' Conference held at the cathedral in Feb 2010, the diocese formed an Environmental Action Group, consisting of church members from across the diocese with a keen interest in the environment. The aims of the group are:
 
  • To promote – inform – celebrate – share – encourage churches, deaneries, the Diocese & St James House and advisory groups including the DAC.
  • It is the intention of the group to visit all deanery synods to encourage churches to sign up to the Eco Congregation Award Scheme.
  • If you are aware of church (or church school) focussed initiatives that are already helping to reduce Carbon Footprints or conserve wildlife habitat please let the DEO (see contacts) know so that it can be shared with others on the diocesan website.
Churches sharing their projects
St. Luke's Church, Crosby
http://stlukecrosby.org.uk/grounds/page00.shtml
See how the church has transformed it's grounds to 'create a place of beauty and a haven for people & wildlife'

St John's Church, Birkdale
have recently become an 'Eco Congregation' church. Visit their website for further information
www.stjohnsbirkdale.co.uk

St Marks Church, Haydock
have become an 'Eco Congregation' church. Visit the community garden link on the website to see how they are 'greening' their church
www.stmarkshaydock.org

St Brides Church, Liverpool
See how this church is using their church land to grow food for the community.
The Mildmay Allotment at St Brides
www.stbridesliverpool.co.uk

Policies and Statements

Some useful links

www.ecocongregation.org
Eco-Congregation is an ecumenical programme helping churches make the link between environmental issues and Christian faith, and respond in practical action in the church, in the lives of individuals, and in the local and global community.

www.shrinkingthefootprint.cofe.anglican.org
Church of England's national environmental campaign aimed at resourcing the Church's 44 dioceses and 16,000 churches to reduce their carbon footprint target of 80% by 2050

www.arocha.org
A Rocha is a Christian environmental and nature conservation movement. Our projects are frequently cross-cultural in character and share a community emphasis, with a focus on science and research, practical conservation and environmental education

www.faiths4change.org.uk
Faiths4Change supports faith communities from across the North West to enable their members and other local residents to work together, supported by partners from all sectors. Turning their ideas into small scale environmental projects, local people transform their neighbourhoods together, build relationships and gain or develop skills