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Diocese of Coventry Environmental Policy

Wednesday 1st of August 2018 was Earth Overshoot 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 promotes this message, rooted in the gospel, through meetings such as 'Eco Church and Cherishing Churchyards' (see DEG News page) and through presentations at Deanery Synods, PCCs and in church services and meetings. To find out more about this, please contact the Chair of the DEG (Godfrey.Armitage@CovCofe.org).

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. Do follow it's updates on Facebook or on Twitter @RawpCoventry

Following on from this, the main initiative the DEG supports 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. The Diocese registered as an Eco Diocese at the start of our Centenary Year, 2018. 

To participate in Eco Church, churches complete an online survey (to try out a survey without committing your church, visit https://ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/eco-survey-non-saving-example/) 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.

As part of the Diocesan Centenary, the DEG is organising The Centenary Tree Project, in which it is proposed that a tree will be planted to commemmorate the Centenary in every churchyard and in the grounds of each Church of England School. More news to follow!