New officer appointed to advise churches on environmental issues
23rd May 2016
The Bishop of Sheffield is delighted to announce the appointment of Jo Chamberlain as the new Diocesan Environment Adviser. Jo replaces Michael Bayley, who held the role for the last few years.
One of the five marks of mission is to “strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth”, and part of the diocesan vision is “seeking to transform God’s world”. The aim of this role is to help individuals, churches and the diocese to do this.
Climate change is one of the biggest threat facing the world today. But the church has the potential to be transformative in the struggle against the effects of climate change by coming together and caring for our common home.
Jo will be on hand to offer advice to the Bishop, and the Bishop’s team, on environmental issues and will be part of the Board of Faith and Justice. The role will aim to encourage clergy and congregations to incorporate environmental issues into the life of the church, in their preaching, in their worship and in their care for their communities. Jo will also encourage individuals, churches and the diocese to change behaviour so that our actions and lifestyles lessen impact on the earth, and for these actions to become part of a wider movement for change regarding environmental issues.
Jo has been an activist and campaigner against the scourge of poverty for a long time – locally as a debt adviser and globally as a supporter of Christian Aid.
“Christian Aid and other global development agencies know that the impact of climate change, which is already being felt, is hurting the poorest people first and worst, those who have contributed least to the problem in the first place. This makes dealing with climate change an issue of justice, which cannot be separated from our commitment to care for the poor. So I’m really excited to be able to work with Bishop Steven (and whoever comes next!) and churches in the Diocese, so we can act together and make a tangible positive difference for the earth and every person living on it.”
Jo is Mum to Jessica (15) and Thomas (12) and wife to Malcolm. She is a member of All Saints church in Ecclesall, and is their Salt and Light link. Jo also works for Christian Aid as part of their communications team, based in their office in Leeds.
Jo starts the role immediately.