We'd love to have you involved

Everyone can get involved in the Communion Forest. Your contribution could be protecting your local landscape, advocating for nature or embarking on an ambitious tree growing project. All are valuable and are part of a Christian commitment to Creation Care.

Actions bishops can take

Bishops have a key role to play in ensuring
creation care is an integral part of the mission,
life and witness of the Church.

You might choose to:

  • Promote the Communion Forest initiative in
    your diocese.
  • Include tree growing to celebrate occasions
    and services, for example birthdays, marriages,
    births, baptisms and confirmations. Give
    confirmation candidates a seedling or sapling
    to plant and care for as a symbol of their
    spiritual growth.
  • Use your voice and influence to protect and
    restore forests and other ecosystems.
  • Set aside a plot of land to grow appropriate
    indigenous seedlings so that the diocese
    and community have a source of inexpensive
    tree saplings.
  • Engage with young people. They are often
    severely affected by climate anxiety and
    already taking action. Encourage them, amplify
    their voices, involve them in Communion
    Forest activities and help them to connect
    their environmental activism with their faith.
  • Use the Season of Creation as a special period
    for promoting this initiative and creation care.

Actions churches can take

By acting together as a worldwide Anglican
Communion, we can have a big impact in the
global response to care for our planet.
Every action taken can help to protect habitats
and biodiversity; provide food or green space
for people to enjoy; defend against soil or
coastal erosion; sequester carbon; prevent
environmental destruction; reduce pollution in
urban areas; contribute to peace building.
A project doesn’t have to be new – but
could continue or add to an activity that has
environmental benefit.

You might choose to take up a project
that involves:

  • Protection: Advocate and take action to stop
    deforestation or prevent the destruction of
    other habitats.
  • Restoration: Restore a piece of waste land or
    other degraded environment.
  • Creation: Start a forest initiative on church land
    or support a project in the wider community.
  • Growing: Protection and restoration should be
    considered ahead of establishing something
    new. Where something new is set up, the
    emphasis should be on growing, not just
    planting. It is about growing the right kind of
    tree in the right place.
  • Multiplying: Help others get involved. Be
    a ‘multiplier’, by setting up a tree or plant
    nursery to enable wider participation
    in afforestation.

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