Introduction to the Environmental Policy & Climate Change: The basics

Hopefully all Churches within the Presbyterian Church of Wales will be aware of our Environmental Policy, having a policy achieves nothing if we don’t put it into practice.

There is no doubt most of our congregations support the concept of an environmental policy, but if we don’t make a conscious effort, the policy could easily become a wish list rather than an action plan.

So where do we start?

There are a huge number of resources available dealing with environmental issues, there are even a number specifically aimed at churches. You only need to look at our environmental policy documents below and you will see a long list of resources.

Helpful, but that can be part of the problem, too much information, we get swamped, we don’t know which advice to follow. These documents aim to bring much of this advice into one resource, specifically tailored to be a practical guide to our environmental policy. The PCW Environmental Policy is divided into three sections providing environmental targets for:

  • Local Churches

  • Presbyteries and Associations

  • The General Assembly

Within the Policy there are 9 target statements for local churches, it is these that this Practical Guide will focus on. The 9 targets are not a hierarchy they are in no particular order. This will hopefully make it easier for you to find the guidance you are looking for.