The Rt Revd Graham Usher, Bishop of Norwich said: 'I am delighted to be able to contribute to the network of Eastern Cathedral’s Sustainable Living conference. Learning how to live gently on this single island planet home isn’t an option for the mission of the Church but an imperative for our life together. I hope that the conference helps us all to take the necessary steps to protect our planet, especially its poorest people, from the effects of climate change and biodiversity loss.'
Graham Usher has been Bishop of Norwich since June 2019 and has recently been appointed to lead the Church of England’s Environment Programme. Bishop Graham’s first degree was in ecological science from Edinburgh University. He has written two books about Spirituality and landscape: Places of Enchantment, Meeting God in Landscapes (2012) and The Way Under Our Feet: A Spirituality of Walking, published in 2020.
He was previously a member of the Northumberland National Park Authority and chaired the Northeast Advisory Committee of the Forestry Committee. He is a keen beekeeper and is undertaking work to enhance the biodiversity of the historic Bishop’s Gardens in Norwich. Every candidate that Bishop Graham confirms receives a hazel tree to plant as a nod to Mother Julian of Norwich, the 14th century mystic, who reflected on the glory of God as she held a hazelnut in the palm of her hand.