Our environment action programme

and the Environment Task Group (ETG)

The Environment Action Programme is a key focus area for the Diocese and a major component of our common vision for a more Christ-like Church. The programme is designed to focus the whole Diocese on achieving our environmental commitments and being a voice for climate justice. Its creation follows the Oxford Diocesan Synod vote in March 2020 that declared a Climate Emergency and committed the Diocese to a 2035 target for net-zero carbon emissions.

The programme provides vital support for change and awareness-raising among our clergy, parishes, schools, families and individuals. This section of the website includes a comprehensive range of theological and practical resources and support.

The EAP is overseen by an Environment Task Group (ETG), chaired by the Bishop of Reading, the Rt Revd Olivia Graham, and managed by the Diocesan Environment Team.

The programme has two main goals;

  1. a net zero target goal, which is focused on achieving of the net zero target – for church buildings, clergy housing and church schools; and
  2. a collective change goal, which is focused on collective transformation around responding to the climate emergency.

The strategy and action plan to achieve these two main goals includes technical advice, information resourcing, awareness-raising, education and capacity development.

Towards NetZero

Our work towards NetZero is focused on research and technical audits, consultations, gathering and sharing of technical knowledge and technical refits. There will also be regular periods of measurement of achievements against targets.

Promoting and supporting collective change

Work in promoting and supporting collective change around environment response is focused on ‘meeting people where they are’ in terms of their needs. For example the information we provide is intended to counter ‘eco despair’, and to help people feel empowered and motivated to make changes that will have an impact. We aim to do this by providing accessible scientific information, along with a clear theological context for change.

Activities include:

  • Regular engagement
    with: individuals and institutions; private and public sector; ecumenical and multi-faith organisations/initiatives; educational institutions; environmental organisations and groups; the national church and worldwide Anglican communion.
  • Networking
    current activities include the development of a thriving social network around the Environment Programme and facilitating networking events.
  • Advocacy
    national policy advocacy, as well as other environmental high-level advocacy.
  • Capacity building
    signposting training courses and opportunities, new diocesan training about environment theology and action, and facilitation of increased environmental focus in theological education.
  • Resourcing
    the development of the EcoHub in 2021 and related communications for the programme, including a new monthly newsletter (sign up here)
  • Research
    research about needs, perceptions, knowledge and attitudes and behaviours around environmental response amongst people in the Diocese and research about current topics and issues, including the emerging ‘build back better’ agenda post-COVID.