Gloucestershire Environmental Trust

Gloucestershire Environmental Trust started in 1977 using income from gradually increasing landfill tax but the construction of the Javelin Park Incinerator will take over 90% of the county's municipal waste which means the Trust has recently closed down. During those 22 years the Trust donated over £18m to 860 projects valued at £85m. In total over £3.3m was spent on 276 schemes across the Diocese of Gloucester. For example the Trust donated £5k towards an oak-framed composting toilet at Elkstone (picture. Further details in the Trust's "Final Report 1977-2019" which can be borrowed from the Revd Arthur Champion.

Christian Aid's climate campaign
In 2016 we launched The Big Shift, our campaign to get private finance – money invested by the biggest banks – out of fossil fuels and into clean energy. Now, we’re refocusing our efforts and attention on HSBC – one of the biggest and most influential banks in the world. 

Climate demo on 17th June 2015 in London
On June 17th over 300 MPs met with their constituents at the Houses of Parliament in a climate change lobby organised by the Climate Coalition.

Eco-pilgrimage from Gloucester Cathedral to Robinswood
In solidarity with the four members of GCEJN who would be going to COP21 in Paris, a local pilgrimage was held on 21st November 2015.

Even small actions done prayerfully...
A day in the life of the Diocesan Environmental Adviser...

Examples of activism

Javelin Park incinerator: update on the contract
An investigation has been launched after a council blunder revealed details of a £500m contract for a controversial incinerator project.

Javelin Park: a clean, green alternative
"CommunityR4C" is a community-led initiative to provide economic, social and environmental benefits for Gloucestershire by treating our waste as a valuable resource rather than burning or burying it. By contrast, in 2012 Gloucestershire County Council signed a 25 year contract with Urbaser Balfour Beatty for a £500 incinerator to be sited at Javelin Park near junction 12 of the M5 motorway.

Pilgrimage to Paris
In November 2015, the Church of England, Christian Aid, CAFOD and Tearfund came together to organise a Pilgrimage2Paris ahead of COP21 – the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris.