Churches and Christians in Stepney are invited to be part of the Parish Creation Care Plan. Our aim is to help Stepney churches reduce the carbon footprints of both the churches and their parishioners, and to increase biodiversity in their localities.
Archbishop Justin says, “I speak as a Christian. Jesus teaches us that there are no greater commandments than to love God and love our neighbour. To abide by those commandments as a Christian today is to step up to the challenge of climate change and connected environmental crises.” (2021)
As Christians, Pope Francis reminds us, ”what they all need is an “ecological conversion”, whereby the effects of their encounter with Jesus Christ become evident in their relationship with the world around them. Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience.” (Laudato Si, 2015)
The Fifth Mark of Mission for the Anglican Communion is: “To strive to safeguard the integrity of crea-tion, and sustain and renew the life of the earth.”
In 2020 The Church of England’s General Synod passed a motion that it aims to be net zero by 2030. At this time a statement was given that: “This Synod, recognising that the global climate emergency is a cri-sis for God’s creation, … call upon all parts of the Church of England, including parishes, … to work to achieve year-on-year reductions in emissions ...”
You can read the Stepney area care plan here.