Environmental action

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A celebration of creation care

Book your place by 24 May

Join us for the afternoon of Saturday 8 June so we can celebrate and thank you for your vital contributions to caring for creation in the Diocese of Oxford. From community gardens to wild churches, ‘Creation Crews’ to carbon cutters, and from local advocates to energy champions, this is an opportunity to be recognised for your work, and to be inspired and equipped on our collective journey for God’s creation. 

Our keynote speaker is environmentalist, theologian, social activist and author, Dr Ruth Valerio, Global Advocacy and Influencing Director for Tearfund. Bishop Steven will lead a time of worship within this afternoon of recognising and celebrating the amazing work happening in the diocese. We will have small tokens of recognition for our churches, some of which will be nominated for a Church Times Green Award with a chance to receive £1,000. 

All welcome!

The Gaia art installation at the University Church, Oxford. A giant glowing globe is suspended within the church building

“The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it” – Psalm 24:1


Creation care as Christian mission

The fifth mark of mission states that as Christians, we are ‘to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth.’ This planet is in crisis. Climate change, pollution and biodiversity loss are threatening life on earth. The science has been clear for a long time – the world is on the brink, and it is humanity’s exploitation of the earth and its resources that have led us to this point.

But it’s not too late.

The fifth mark of mission recognises that environmental issues and the state of the earth are not just the responsibility of scientists, ecologists, conservationists or so-called ‘eco-warriors’. They are an integral part of what it means to be a Christian. As followers of Jesus, we are commanded to love God and to love our neighbours as ourselves. To love God is to love all that he has made and created. And to love our neighbours as ourselves is to ensure that our actions and decisions are a force for good, not harm.

We cannot show love to God and neighbour without acting for the good of creation.

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How are we responding in the Diocese of Oxford?

Our common vision

We have listened with God to the big questions, the challenges, and opportunities we have as a diocese. Enironmental action is one of our five areas of focus. See the latest data dashboard for this area of work and find out more about our common vision.

Since declaring a climate emergency in March 2020, as a diocese we have committed to becoming an Eco diocese, working through the awards with an aim to achieve silver by 2026. This encompasses every aspect of creation care, thinking about our policies, training programmes, procurement, investment, building and land management, and wider engagement with churches and communities through Eco Church.

What can I do?

Responding to the climate emergency can feel complex, challenging, and often unaffordable. There are many different – sometimes conflicting – messages, but here are four ways you can respond.

1. Inform

Enrol onto our new ‘five marks of mission’ course on the learning hub (Easter 2024). Watch this video series from the Lausanne Global Classroom. Visit our EcoHub for book recommendations, courses and factsheets.

2. Pray

Prayer is at the heart of Christian worship. Regularly praying for the environmental crisis, for those affected, for world leaders, and for local action, is vital. Use this monthly prayer resource from ‘Pray and Fast for the Climate’, follow Christian Aid’s daily prayer diary or sign up to Tearfund’s prayer email.

3. Act

More than 60% of the change required to get to net zero involves personal behavioural change by individuals and communities in the three areas of transport, home heating and diet. Try these nine ways to care for creation, pledge to Take the Jump, or participate in Count Us In for ideas that make a real difference.

4. Advocate

One of the biggest ways we can bring about change is through conversation. Whether speaking to family, friends, community leaders or politicians, advocating for the planet, and for people affected by climate impacts, drives change at a societal level. Download this guide on having climate conversations, or receive training in engaging your local MP.

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What can my church do?

Join us! A celebration of creation care

On Saturday 8 June, we will be joined by Dr Ruth Valerio, the influential Christian author and campaigner on environmental issues, at an event to celebrate the work of parishes, schools, people and communities in caring for creation.

Held at Wesley Memorial Hall, this will be a chance to hear inspiring stories, learn and share with others, and come together on this journey for the future of creation. Register in advance - all welcome. 

You can also visit the pages below for more ways your church can respond to the climate and ecological crises.


More information

Eco Church

Easy-to-follow advice on sustainability, reducing energy consumption and saving money for your church, no matter your tradition or location.

Energy audits

Arrange a subsidised energy audit to inform efforts to reduce your church carbon footprint.

Net zero

Supporting our churches, schools, vicarages, offices to reduce emissions as far as possible, and looking at the impact of some of our resources.


Information on supporting biodiversity in a churchyard or church garden and programmes to get involved in.

EcoHub resource library

Your one-stop shop for information, practical advice and theological reflection on how we can best care for God’s creation.

Support and guidance

A collection of resources to enable everyone to respond to the climate and ecological crisis.

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