The Environment group are presenting about becoming an Eco Diocese at Diocesan Synod June 2018. To find out more or feed in your local work to the display contact Stella Collishaw who coordinates the group 01332 388685 /  e:   

For more about the scheme from Arocha ....

Fossil free Churches: Accelerating the transition to a brighter, cleaner future

A new report from Operation Noah - 'Bright Now' divestment campaign reviews the speed of the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy – and argues that the Churches need to rapidly shift their investments to support this transition. A useful resource for anyone interested in where the Church invests its money, and who wants the Church to be the change it wishes to see in bringing about a brighter, cleaner future.


New resource Tenants of the King, a 4 part study looking at what the Bible has to say about climate change, from Operation Noah.

Climate change and me BBC Radio 4 9.45 series, daily from Monday 21 May over 5 days. 5 scientists describe how they witnessed global climate change. Available on i-player.

Plastic-Less Living

For more about reducing use of plastic see Plastic-Less Living on Facebook. Greenpeace are unrolling a #pointlessplastic campaign. Also see the latest find article in Publications which you are invited to publish too.

Spring newsletter the Church of England Environment newsletter

Cycle racks Derby for information on this free resource offer email

The Environment Group are recommending the tool any church can use by becoming an Eco Church.


John Beardmore, our Environment Group engineer and  adviser to DAC says:

A simple strategy for environmental decision making  
Given that the resources local churches have are finite, it’s important to get the best outcome you can for a minimum investment of time and money.

Define your goals and constraints clearly. Make a list, ideally with a group of people, to identify all your options; rank them, placing those which give the best results for the least investment of money and effort at the top of this list. This gives you a hierarchy of options, with best value at the top, so that you can work down until the benefits are no longer to felt to justify the costs.

How might this work in practice? 
A) Refurbishment of an existing church building  
As an example, consider a project to refurbish and improve an existing church. The building might be old, the boiler obsolete, and the fabric of the building in poor condition. Your list of suggestions may be very large, but among the items you might typically find the following:


This is a small but dedicated group, welcoming membership from anyone determined to improve the critical and unbalanced relationship between God's creation and his people. Practical activites led by the group include a paper for the Parsonages Committee on Solar PV, architect training partnered with DAC, advice to individual parishes and even a diocesan requiem walk for the Industrial Growth society. The group produces and recommends resources listed here. Invitations to plan with a PCC, to share perspectives or feedback to this page are welcome. 

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The Framework was approved by Derby Diocesan Synod in February 2013. 

Living Lightly is the Environment Group development of this Framework.

Other recent publications include:

The Church of England National Investment bodies policy on investing in Extractive Industries

Find articles My Reflections on Plastic-Less Lent  and Time for Action

Practical Renewal Energy for Church Buildings


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