5,500 Churches Converting To Renewable Power!
In a bid to help tackle the growing problem of climate change, over 5,500 UK churches have now made the move to renewable power, with Salisbury, Liverpool, Southwark and St Albans cathedrals among 15 that have already signed up to be more eco-friendly in this regard.
Noting that thousands of non-Anglican and Christian places of worship are now using 100 per cent renewable electricity, the Church of England issued a warning saying that climate change is one of the “great moral challenges of our time”, the BBC reports.
Given that the average church has an annual electricity bill of about £1,000, it’s thought that churches across Britain have successfully diverted over £5 million from fossil fuels to clean energy suppliers.
The Church of England’s lead bishop on the environment, Bishop of Salisbury Nicholas Holtam, observed: “It's fantastic to see churches doing their bit to ensure they reduce their impact on the environment. They are also giving a boost to clean energy, which is essential to reduce harmful carbon emissions.”
Back in July, General Synod confirmed its support for the National Investing Bodies’ approach to addressing the problem of climate change, including the ongoing strategy of working with companies instead of disinvesting prematurely from them.
A Church of England spokesperson noted that the vote makes it clear that the Church needs to play a pivotal role and “exercise its moral leadership” with regards to this particular issue, with the decision allowing it to continue pushing for change in the oil and gas sector, as well as using engagement, voting rights and rights to file shareholder resolutions in order to enact the change that the Church wants to see.
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