The Salvation Army and the environment

The Salvation Army believes people are made in the image of God. He has entrusted us to reflect his personality by caring for the Earth and everything in it.

The Salvation Army recognises environmental degradation as one of the most pressing issues facing the world today, affecting us all. Its effects fall disproportionately on the most vulnerable, particularly in terms of health, livelihood, shelter and the opportunity to make choices. The very survival of humanity depends on the health of the whole ecosystem.

In addition to being compelled by the lived experience, The Salvation Army also accepts the scientific evidence that demands action on all levels to lessen the effects of environmental damage. It is committed to sustainable environmental practices which are required to safeguard the integrity of creation.

Our International Positional Statement


General Brian Peddle, our international leader, launched the updated International Positional Statement on Caring for the Environment at International Headquarters on 14 October 2021.

Latest news

Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Symposium
31 May 2024
As a response to the growing impacts of climate change, The Salvation Army’s International Development Services hosted a three-day online symposium
The General and Commissioner Rosalie Peddle Attend Ecumenical Service for COP26
09 November 2021
The international leaders joined representatives of Christian churches and organisations from around the world.
Reclaiming ‘Girl Power’ across The Salvation Army
20 October 2021
Celebration and action marked The Salvation Army’s recognition of the International Day of the Girl.
New International Positional Statement Calls for a ‘Culture of Sustainability’
14 October 2021
A new Salvation Army statement on ‘Caring for the Environment’ calls for immediate action to be taken to address and combat ‘environmental degradation’.