Diocesan Environment Group (DEG)

To navigate the DEG website and for further information, please click one of the pages below. See below for information Eco Church. 

The commitment to the environment of the Diocesan Environment Group is rooted in the good news of Jesus Christ. This is expressed in Paul’s letter to the Colossians (Col 1: 15-20), where he relates the role of Christ in the creation and upholding of all things and in reconciling to himself all things “… by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross”.  Jesus shows that God is committed to his created world and to us through his incarnation; 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. He is the ‘new Adam’ and that is what he calls us to be. 

Our main work has been to keep pace with developments over climate change and issues surrounding biodiversity, and to encourage the Diocesan response to the intention of the Church of England to achieve Net Zero Carbon by 2030. The major vehicle for this has been promotion of Eco Church in our parishes and Diocese since its inception by A Rocha UK in 2016. We urge every church in the Diocese to register with Eco Church and to work towards its Awards, Currently, in January 2023, 40% of our churches have signed up; to become a Silver Eco Diocese, we need another 20 of these churches to achieve an Eco Church award and another 12 to achieve Silver or Gold. Please consider asking your church to support A Rocha UK who run Eco Church (https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/2023EcoChurchAnnualGift)

We liaise with the Diocesan Net Zero Carbon 2030 Steering Group, which the Diocesan Environment Officer (DEO) currently chairs and we coordinate our work with our Net Zero Carbon Project Officer. Visit the Net Zero webpage for further information. We also engage with environmental organisations such as Climate Stewards, Operation Noah, Green Christian, Caring for God’s Acre and the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust.

Our work can be summed up in the words of our mission statement, which is to inspire, encourage and challenge the people, churches and structures of the Diocese to “strive to take seriously and responsibly our God-given vocation to care for the earth and to demonstrate that care among those with whom we share our lives” (Quote from the Diocese of Coventry Environmental Policy adopted by the Diocesan Synod on 14 November 2009).

Please look at our News page for information about upcoming and recent events. If you would like a speaker at a church service or church event, do contact the DEO at Godfrey.Armitage@Coventry.Anglican.org to see if something suitable can be organised.



News from the DEG

Latest news from the DEG

Know more about the DEG

Get to know more about the DEG.

Get involved

Get involved with the Diocesan Environment Group.

Environmental resources

Links to environmental resources for you to use.

Climate Change and our Carbon Footprint

Resources for measuring and offsetting your carbon footprint.

Eco Church

The Eco Church vision is for all churches to care for creation as an integral part of loving their neighbours and following God faithfully.

Churchyard Management

Advice for managing churchyards.

News Archive

An archive of news from the DEG.

Reconciling a Wounded Planet

'Reconciling a Wounded Planet' was a two day conference that took place in 2015 in Coventry Cathedral.

Centenary Tree Project

As part of the 2018 Diocesan Centenary, the DEG organised The Centenary Tree Project, in which it was proposed that a tree would be planted to commemorate the Centenary in every churchyard and in the grounds of each Church of England School.

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