We live in a world where there are two massive interconnected issues: climate change and, closely linked to it, the distribution of resources in the world, the way the economic system works and questions of sustainability.   To quote from Bishop David Atkinson, “If climate scientists are right, and there is huge majority agreement in the latest report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, much of the earth could be uninhabitable for humans in 100 years time.”

Clearly this is a matter of the utmost importance, and it is one to which I am committed.   I serve alongside the Bishop of Dudley and others with key knowledge and experience on the Church of England’s Environment Working Group.   This is chaired by the Bishop of Salisbury, the Church’s lead bishop for the environment, and aims to coordinate and stimulate engagement with this vital area of mission and to support the Environment Officers within dioceses.   I am also the Diocese of Southwark’s lead bishop for the environment, and chair the diocesan Environmental Working Group.

Articles and talks:

Whatever happened to Truth?: Bishop Richard’s Inaugural Professorial Lecture for the University of Roehampton, November 2015

Your Gospel is too small: talk by Bishop Richard for Operation Noah’s Climate Change Workshop, “Spirit in action for the climate” at St John’s Waterloo, as part of the “Hope for the Future” campaign
14 March 2015.

How to make climate change an issue which churches address
Ideas paper by Bishop Richard for the Church of England’s Environment Working Group
January 2015

Climate change and the Gospel – Why we in the churches need to treat climate change more urgently
Paper by Bishop David Atkinson, Epiphany 2015

“And who is my neighbour?” – talk by the Rt Revd Dr Stephen Croft, Bishop of Sheffield
Hope for the Future Climate Ambassador Training Day
31 January 2015

Climate change: talk by Bishop David Atkinson, 22 November 2014

Climate change: why every church leaders should know the scientific, theological and biblical imperatives
Talks by Professor Chris Rapley, Bishop David Atkinson,
Ian Christie and Revd Ruth Lampard
11 June 2013

Taking care of God’s Creation
Article by Bishop Richard for the Diocese of Southwark’s “Noticeboard”, March 2013

Other resources