Devon Churches Rural Forum

What does net zero carbon look like in a rural context

At our meeting in February 2021, Chris gave a presentation entitled " What does Carbon Net Zero (and the Biodiversity Crisis) look like in a rural church context?". You can download the presentation here

The presentation includes the following - and there are various links to further information also included. At the end there are some questions for discussion.


  • Definition of carbon net zero
  • Context of covid / current exhaustion etc
  • Climate and biodiversity ‘crises’ according to world leaders and scientists
  • Theological / faith contexts from Dave Bookless (A Rocha, ++Justin Welby, Pope Francis, etc
  • Anglican General Synod resolution
  • Personal driver / involvement; Fridays For Future; Melanesian Mission; dealing with overwhelm
  • 5 Marks of Mission; Bishop Robert quote

Resources and Opportunities

  • Practical Path to Net Zero
  • Parish Buying
  • Net Zero
  • Living Churchyards & Caring For God’s Acre
  • CPRE competition, and Love Your Burial Ground Week
  • Fairtrade & local food projects
  • Campaign & support groups
  • Books, websites, courses
  • Worship materials
  • Sharing with each other
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