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Diocese of Coventry Environmental Policy

Recognising that Monday 8th of August 2016 was Earth Overshoot Day – the day in which humanity’s resource consumption for the calendar year exceeded the Earth’s capacity to regenerate those resources that year - we are holding a Day Conference on Saturday 8th July at St Michael's House with Operation Noah. Do look at the News page and join us for the day.

Earth Overshoot Day is occurring earlier each year as we increasingly use more ecological resources and services than nature can regenerate through overfishing, overharvesting and emitting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than forests can sequester. 

The DEG views its commitment to the environment as rooted in the good news of Jesus Christ; this was expressed in Paul’s letter to the Colossians (Col., 1: 15-20), where he relates the role of Christ in the creation of all things and in reconciling to himself all things “… by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross”.  Through his incarnation, Jesus shows that God is committed to his created world and to us and therefore we should be committed to his world too. Jesus not only reconciles us to God but to one another and to his world; it is significant that the first person to see the risen Jesus mistook him for the gardener. Indeed he is the new Adam and that is what he calls us to be. Learn more about this by signing on for the Bishop's Certificate in Discipleship and Mission Creation Care Module.

The DEG organised the Reconciling a Wounded Planet conference at Coventry Cathedral in September 2015 where Christians came together to consider ‘stories of hope’ in the midst of the growing environmental crisis that the world is experiencing.

Following on from this, the main initiative the DEG is supporting is Eco Church, an A Rocha UK award scheme for churches in England and Wales who want to demonstrate that the gospel is good news for God’s Earth. Eco Church was launched in the Coventry Diocese on the 23rd February 2016 at St Peter’s Church in Wellesbourne. Since then a number of churches in the diocese have signed up to the scheme and St Andrew’s in Eastern Green, was the first to win a Bronze Award. 

To participate in Eco Church, churches complete an online survey to show they are caring for God’s Earth in different areas of their life and work. The survey focuses on worship and teaching; management of church buildings; management of church land; community and global engagement and lifestyle. The answers a church provides will collect points towards an award - the more the church does, the more points it gets! We should like to encourage as many churches as possible to sign up. With over 10% of churches signed up and over 5% having achieved a Bronze Eco Church Award, we would be on the way to qualifying for a Bronze Eco Diocese Award. Click here for further information.