Churches mark World Environment Day

With species extinctions occurring at 1000 to 10,000 times the natural rate, fish stocks plummeting, and climate change increasing, care of the environment for future generations is a growing concern for people of faith.

Friday, 5 June is World Environment Day, 7 June is Environment Sunday and 8 June is World Oceans Day. World Environment Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 and has been commemorated in a different city each year with an international exposition through the week of June 5.

This year Mexico hosts the events. Anglican churches in the north of England who are holding environment services at this period include:

Hurst Green (near Clitheroe, Lancs but Bradford Diocese):  6 June: Children's workshop making cakes to be sold for Children's Eternal Forest Costa Rica, and painting a panel for church service next day. This service will recognise World Environment Day as part of Trinity Sunday. The text of the Rainforest sketch to be used by children and adults can be seen at

Ambleside and area: Eight different churches running "Creation Praise and Care" services over the weekend 6-7 June

Ingleton (Yorks Dales): - 14 June - 10.30am - Environmental Re-think service at St Mary's. There will be live music, and presentations as well as prayer.

Ben Rhydding, near Ilkley. - 21 June - Environment Service- at St John`s Church Ben Rhydding, near Ilkley. Special Creation Communion - written for environmental services. Anyone who would be interested in seeing the creation communion with a view to using it contact Sylvia Walker 01535-652915 or by email Sylvia Walkers

The World Environment Day prayer for 5 June follows:

Gracious God, we gather today with people everywhere to observe World Environment Day.
You call us to be in solidarity – through our prayer and actions – with people adversely affected by climate change.
We recognise that Earth will only be our home as long as we learn to respect and care for the whole community of life and learn humility about our place in it, that we take action to protect and restore the integrity of life systems, and that we work for sustainable development for all people.
Change our hearts. Fill our hearts with a burning desire for your ‘kingdom’ where you live and reign for ever and ever, Amen.

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