Environment and Climate Change


The District is a strong advocate of the Methodist Church in Britain’s climate policy Action for Hope and sees its role as being to encourage, enable and support circuits, churches and members to respond positively, responsibly and in hope to the climate emergency.

The main aims of Action for Hope are that the Methodist Church in Britain will:

  • have net zero carbon emissions by 2030.
  • increase the positive environmental impact of its investments
  • encourage churches, circuits and districts to work towards awards administered by Ecochurch.

support members to reduce their personal carbon footprints to one tonne of CO2 per year by 2030


Towards these aims the Manchester and Stockport District has:

  • committed to reducing its own carbon emissions to net zero by 2030.
  • established a fund of £200,000 to enable and encourage churches and circuits to invest in improving energy efficiency and installing energy generating capacity. (Watch these pages for more details about how to apply for support).
  • organised a study day Biblical worship in a climate emergency for local preachers, worship leaders and ministers on Sunday 1st October – find out more details about this study day here.


There are many resources within and outside Methodism to support people and organisations (such as churches) to respond positively to the climate emergency. Some of the most relevant are listed below:

Methodist Church in Britain:


  • Climate Stewards – for individuals to calculate their carbon footprint and offset their emissions.
  • Ecochurch – for churches wanting to “to demonstrate that the gospel is good news for God’s earth”.