Diocesan Environment Group (DEG)

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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 within the scientific community 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 our promotion of Eco Church in our parishes and Diocese since its inception by A Rocha UK in 2016. We also engage with environmental organisations such as 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).