Social Justice

Caring for the environment

Bristol Cathedral affirms that care for God’s creation, a just sharing of resources, and a concern for the earth are fundamental biblical prerogatives, central to Christian mission and discipleship.

We acknowledge in humility and penitence the damage human beings have done to creation and the urgent need for a new way of living. 

Join the Diocese of Bristol's Social Justice Network if you want to get more involved in green issues.  

The  national church has the 'Shrinking the Footprint' campaign which looks at ways in which the church can address a whole range of climate and environmental issues.
To find the local advisor in your area click here.  For the latest news from Shrinking the Footprint click here.  

We also work with the  Ecochurch South West  group which helps churches across the South West to network and share good practice. 

Bristol Cathedral's approach to sustainability 

Reducing our energy use 

In recent years we have improved the efficiency of our heating, reduced draughts, and are replacing our light fittings with LEDs.  We consider environmental issues in our planning for fabric projects in the Cathedral and our residential properties.    

Increasing our levels of recycling
We have increased our recycling of cardboard, plastics and glass and are sourcing new providers for take away cups and glasses. 

Promoting local procurement and fairtrade

  • We work collaboratively with the national church on fuel procurement. We are part of the Parish Buying scheme for our gas and electricity contracts.  
  • We have moved contracts to local suppliers.
  • We use local suppliers for our cafe and shop.  We also source Fairtrade products for both our cafe and shop. We are a member of the Bristol Pound and accept pounds in our cafe.  

Encouraging green travel

  • Incentivising non-car/low carbon methods of travelling to work. We have a sponsored bike scheme.  
  • We have also signed up to the First Bus corporate travel scheme which gives a discount for monthly/annual bus tickets.

Education work

We seek to promote a better understanding of the environment and green issues within the church context. As part of our education work we provide 'Moving On' days for primary school children who are making the transition to secondary school. The themes explored include 'Earth Matters' which looks at issues around climate change, through an explorer dome. We have also put on a 'My Wild Crafty Cathedral' day with Avon Wildlife Trust.  For more information see our education pages.  

Useful links 

We are a member of, and support the Bristol Fairtrade Network, and are a proud member of the Bristol Pound. You can donate to the Cathedral using the Pound and pay for goods in the cafe.

 Diocese of Bristol. Green Christian. Prayer and Fast for the climate, the John Ray Initiative, A Rocha, and Hope for the Future, Low Carbon South West.

The Lambeth declaration on climate change can be read here