Youth and environment in the Diocese of Gloucester

Published: Tuesday February 8, 2022

9 out of 10 Christian teenagers surveyed by Tearfund are concerned about climate change 

female teenager holding a banner saying 'Be a part of the solution not part of the pollution'

Just one in 10 believe their church is doing enough to respond to the climate crisis.

Increasing numbers of our churches are now engaging with the environment much more significantly than previously.  As of February 2022, 30% of our churches are registered for Arocha’s Eco Church award scheme, with 10% having achieved bronze, and ten trailblazers having achieved silver awards.

We do however want to offer something to the young people of our Diocese specifically, to enable a connection between their environmental passion and their faith.

Barrie Voyce, Senior Youth Connector, alongside Cate Williams, Environment Engagement Officer, and the team of youth connectors, are joining forces to explore the best way to do this.  Ultimately we would love to develop a youth forum on environmental concerns.

At the moment, we are working on building a relationship with young people in our Diocese and exploring the environment and climate in existing youth groups and forums.  As part of this, we are using a new resource developed by Youth Connect.

We welcome invitations from youth groups who would like to explore this with us. Contact ku.gr1695418747o.coi1695418747dsolg1695418747@ecyo1695418747vb1695418747 or ku.gr1695418747o.coi1695418747dsolg1695418747@smai1695418747lliwc1695418747 to find out more.

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