Environment & Creation

The world belongs to God, who expects us to care for it for the good of all. Bristol is a great place to live, but is also one of the more polluted cities in the country. What can we do?

The challenge

There are huge, often hidden, costs that come with poor environments. In Bristol:

  • High levels of pollution result in the deaths of 200 people every year. 

  • There are high levels of chest and respiratory problems.

  • There has been a 40% increase in childhood cancers from air pollution, pesticides, solvents, junk food etc. 

  • Traffic jams cost Bristol an estimated £600 million pa. 

  • Poor environments lead to mental and physical health issues, relationship stresses, economic problems for families and significant costs in both benefits and lost contributions.  

  • Some areas are environmentally attractive, others are not. 

  • All areas have environmental issues. 

  • We are all at risk of being adversely affected.

  • Sorting these problems out simply makes sense. 

  • If we do nothing, the problems will continue to get worse.

Let’s use our God-given imaginations for the good of all life. We're the only species that is creative in this way, made in the image of God.

The response

  • A Rocha UK (helping Christians take practical action to care for the Earth) www.arocha.org.uk.

  • Bristol Fairtrade Network Churches in Bristol are implementing Green strategies; e.g. heating, solar panels, draughtproofing, insulation, green spaces, recycling, Fairtrade, etc. Climate Justice and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) www.bristolfairtrade.org.uk

  • Climate Stewards (Christian organisation offsetting carbon emissions) www.climatestewards.org

  • Eco Church South West for churches and church members who seek to address ecological issues www.ecochurchsouthwest.org.uk

  • Global Aware Bristol A unique local group involving Christian Aid, CAFOD, Tearfund, the Diocese of Bristol and others from the church community)

  • Green Christian Campaigns on food and social justice, amongst others; provides resources, gatherings and other support) www.greenchristian.org.uk

  • The NOISE Showing God's love in practical ways' in urban estates across Bristol www.thenoise.org.uk

  • Operation Noah (Christian organisation campaigning on climate change) www.operationnoah.org

  • Shrinking the Footprint The Church of England's national environmental campaign exists to enable the whole Church to address – in faith, practice and mission – the issue of climate change. www.churchcare.co.uk/shrinking-the-footprint

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