Environment and climate justice

The Diocese of Bristol is committed to addressing the environmental challenges that our community faces and in November 2019 declared a climate emergency. As part of this the diocese is working towards achieving a net zero carbon position by 2030.

Climate change may be the most serious issue ever faced by human communities. All forms of life across the planet are threatened and the poorest nations are set to suffer most, that's why this is a justice issue.


Diocesan Environment and Climate Justice Policy - behind this the Diocesan Board of Finance has adopted a full implementation plan and parishes are encouraged to consider how the policy can be implemented locally.

Resources and Initiatives


A practical path to 'net zero' for our churches - this brilliantly simple 2-page guide describes the changes you can make to your church's carbon footprint.

For creed and creation: a guide to a greener church - a longer, practical guide to greening your church. 

Latest initiatives:

Work towards an Eco Church award - this is a great tool to help your church improve not only its carbon footprint, but whole approach to creation care.

Join Green Christian's Radical Presence course


Christian guide to environmental issues - this book by Margot and Martin Hodgson is a great small group course to help your church explore practical ways to engage with environmental concerns.

Climate change and the church - a young persons perspective - a blog from Sophie Mitchell, Church of England Youth Council Representative and Bristol churchgoer.

Season of Creation - 1 September to 4 October each year marks the Season of Creation, a chance for us to pray for God’s world and all life upon it. As we aim for net zero emissions, all churches are encouraged to focus at least one Sunday in September on the environment.



July 2021 Environment Briefing
July 2021 Environment Briefing
Open July 2021 Environment Briefing

May 2021 Environment Briefing
May 2021 Environment Briefing
Open May 2021 Environment Briefing

Statement on Church Commissioners' investments
Statement on Church Commissioners' investments
Open Statement on Church Commissioners' investments

March 2021 Environment Briefing
March 2021 Environment Briefing
Open March 2021 Environment Briefing

Update November 2020
Update November 2020
Open Update November 2020

Net zero carbon checklist
Net zero carbon checklist
Open Net zero carbon checklist

January 2021 Environment Briefing
Briefing for church Eco Champions, detailing key news and information to share with your church communities.
Open January 2021 Environment Briefing

EcoChurch Awards Scheme
Register today to start your church's journey towards an Eco Church award, and access materials to help you along the way
Open EcoChurch Awards Scheme