Thousands of churches in the UK switch to renewable energy

Thousands of churches in the UK switch to renewable energy

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Over 3500 churches in the UK are banning together to switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy.
A non-profit organization called The Big Church Switch has been developed from a partnership between Christian Aid and the Tearfund which urges churches and Christians of all denominations to switch their energy supply to renewables.
A third of Quaker meeting houses, along with most Salvation Army facilities and 2000 churches from over 15 Catholic dioceses have already committed to the plan and more are expected to join in the near future.
Loretta Minghella, Chief Executive of Christian Aid, said:
“We need a big shift to renewable energy and a shared commitment to leave the vast majority of fossil fuel reserves in the ground. This action by thousands of churches shows a groundswell of public support for renewables to which governments must respond by doing all they can to shift to a clean energy future.”
The sudden support for renewable energy likely started from Pope Francis who released an encyclical on the environment back in 2015. The Vatican and its leaders made it clear through a 10-point plan that they are supporting the fight against global warming.
Before the climate change conference in Paris, the Vatican released a statement urging negotiators to agree to “complete decarbonisation” by 2050.
Other excerpts from the statement include:
“This agreement must put the common good ahead of national interests. It is essential, too, that the negotiations result in an enforceable agreement that protects our common home and all its inhabitants.”
“Those responsible for climate change have responsibilities to assist the most vulnerable in adapting and managing loss and damage, and to share the necessary technology and knowhow.”
The Church of England’s lead bishop on environmental concerns, Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam, said this movement is “a shift in the Christian understanding of our relationship to creation under God.”
He continued, “One simple thing we can do in response to such a crisis is to switch to using clean energy in our homes, communities, schools and places of worship.”

Posted By Sally on September 6, 2016 | 0 Comment

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