Environment

As Christians we are inspired to be good stewards of the earth, to conserve and protect God’s creation and the earth’s resources.

By our actions, we can mitigate the effects of climate change stop the destruction of habitats and reverse the decline of species worldwide.

The way we treat the earth today is already affecting the poorest and most vulnerable in the world and, in time, will affect us all.

I urgently appeal, then, for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all.

Pope Francis, Laudato ‘si

COP26 – UN Climate Summit

COP26 is the 2021 United Nations climate change conference taking place in Glasgow from Sunday, 31 October to Friday, 12 November 2021. In our ‘What’s On‘ area, we have a section for COP26 offering a useful guide to the summit, produced by CAFOD, with tips to help you get involved.

Our response is rooted in prayer and you can also download our prayer card and poster. Check out our ‘Environmental Case Studies’ for examples of how parishes, organisations, academic institutions, and other church groups are collaborating to help protect our common home.

Visit our COP26 section.

Guardians of God’s Creation

When writing ‘The Call of Creation’ in 2002, we, the Bishops of England and Wales, said that “care for the environment presents a major challenge for the whole of humanity in the 21st century.”1

Environmental Advisory Group (EAG)

The Environmental Advisory Group was formed to support the Bishops' Conference in its important work on environmental issues.

Season of Creation

The Season of Creation is a global ecumenical celebration of prayer and action to protect our common home, starting each year on 1 September and finishing on the feast of St Francis, 4 October.

Novena on the Care of Creation

The 'God Who Speaks' team offers this Novena of readings and prayers as tangible action to respond to the urgent climate change issues we all face.

Global Healing

Global Healing is a film-based resource to help us to respond to the damage being done to our planet – our common home. It's for parishes, groups and individuals and aims to inform, challenge and equip people to engage with Pope Francis’ vital call to Care For Our Common Home.

Response to the Ecological Crisis

Want to know how the Bishops' Conference is responding to the ecological crisis we are facing in England and Wales and, indeed, globally? We have collated a page of news, projects, information, links and downloads.

Laudato Si’: How far have we come in five years?

Edward de Quay, Project Manager for the Bishops’ Conference Environmental Advisory Group, looks at how Catholics in England and Wales have responded to Laudato Si’ and how each of us can be part of that response.

Theology Resources

A series of readings and theological resources on the environment and environmental issues.

Saving energy and recycling at home

The Church calls us to consider our role and to question what we are each doing to protect the Earth, this starts with saving energy and recycling at home.

Making your School green

Hints and tips to help schools reduce their carbon footprint and become more environmentally friendly.

Recycling and Saving Energy at Work

Recycling at work is a great way to increase your business sustainability and help to reduce climate change.

Making your Parish green

Suggestions and ideas to help you reach your aims of reducing your parish's impact on the environment - how can you strive for a green parish?

Environment Organisations

A list of organisations committed to combating climate change and promoting environmental justice.