Climate Strategy

In June 2022 the PCC adopted a Climate Strategy (attached). One of the most popular ways for churches to engage with the climate crisis is through the A Rocha Eco Church Awards Scheme. This is our primary means of addressing the climate crisis in our church. We are currently working towards a Bronze Award.

In March 2020 Oxford Diocesan Synod gave its overwhelming support to a motion that declares a Climate Emergency and commits the diocese to a wide-ranging plan of practical action, prayer and advocacy, including a move towards a net-zero target.
Bishop Olivia has created some very accessible short videos which give a theological take about why we should care for creation at all levels in the Church. You can access them here: (5) Care for Creation - YouTube. Please watch them.

In January 2020 the General Synod of the Church of England also responded to the Climate Emergency by encouraging all parts of the Church of England to recognise it and to take coordinated action toward a target of Net Zero by 2045 (GS 2159 Climate Emergency and Carbon Reduction Target.pdf (churchofengland.org))

The five marks of mission were developed by the Anglican Consultative Council in 1984. Since then, they have been widely adopted as an understanding of what contemporary mission is about. The Fifth Mark of Mission tells us, “To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.”

There are resources on the Diocesan website that explore how churches have begun to address this. Diocese of Oxford | Environmental action (anglican.org)

For those of you who want to dive deep into the theology the Papal Encyclical Laudate Si’ is a very influential document.

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