A reflection from our Eco Diocese Officer, six months into post


“There is room for everyone in Eco Church, we all have a part to play.”

The Eco Diocese award scheme builds on the Eco Church programme by requiring dioceses to fulfil targets for the number of registered and awarded churches and integrate creation care across the diocese at a policy and practical level. Hear from Polly Eaton as she reflects on her first six months as our Eco Diocese Officer: 

‘It has been fantastic to discover what’s happening across dioceses – I’ve seen many examples of good practice and been encouraged by the range of projects and initiatives. Since I started, we have seen eight more Church of England dioceses gain their bronze Eco Diocese award, bringing the total to 28 out of the 42 dioceses in England and Wales.

I attended the Church of England Net Zero Carbon Conference a few weeks ago and was so impressed by the breadth of skills and level of knowledge in the room.

What struck me was how essential each one of us is to the task of caring for creation. We need people with technical knowledge about heat pumps and solar panels, we need people who can connect with children and meet them in their sense of wonder at God’s earth, and we need people who can open our eyes to the biblical truth that we are not in charge of creation but part of creation.

There is room for everyone in Eco Church – we all have a part to play.’

Did you know we also have Eco Circuit and Eco District denominational schemes for the Methodist Church and an Eco Synod scheme for the United Reformed Church? You can explore our denominational programmes further here.