Carbon Net Zero Target

Action requested after Diocesan Synod

In normal times the Diocesan Synod has gathered in conference in the Summer and Autumn to discuss how things are being run and paid for as well as to consider future plans. In December we moved to the city of Zoom for the meeting. We debated, shared tea and coffee and prayed together from our small boxes on screens over two days, on 10/11 December.

Archdeacon David Waller and our Environment Officer, The Revd Elizabeth Bussmann encouraged the Synod to consider how this will be achieved at local level given the unusual circumstances of many chaplaincies and the buildings we use. The Diocese is committed to reducing travel where possible, and the experience of 2020 has assisted with this. Chaplaincies are asked to be involved in making the Church of England Carbon Neutral by 2030.

1. Our own Eco-representative moved abroad before Christmas, so we are looking for another volunteer to develop our understanding and action on the environment.
Is this something you would do?

2. I am asking the Maintenance Committee to examine a recent document from the diocese about church buildings. It will be interesting to see what we can plan to do towards this church-wide aim for 2030.

This issue hit world headlines often in 2019 but has eclipsed somewhat in 2020, for obvious reasons.

3. I’d be interested in what the children and young people in our church think about this issue. If you are a parent, perhaps you would ask them and let me know…

Let’s not let our focus slip on this, as it is one of the most significant issues of out time.

Can you help?


Just what is an eco diocese?

the Environment Policy of the Diocese in Europe