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Join us on pilgrimage

Today the Pilgrimage2Paris website is officially launched and we are very excited about the coming months!

The launch of the Lambeth Declaration on Climate Change was signed by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York and many other faith leaders from across the UK, as well as Pope Francis’ landmark encyclical Laudato Sì.

We’ve been present at the Church of England General Synod, where there was a whole day of environmental debate and a host of bishops had their photo taken with the Pilgrimage2Paris yew baton to show their support for the pilgrimage, which will start in London on Friday 13 November and arrive in Paris on Friday 27 November.

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Archbishop of Canterbury joins faith leaders in call for urgent action to tackle climate change

Faith leaders in Britain have pledged to fast and pray for the success of key international negotiations over climate change in a new declaration warning of the "huge challenge" facing the world over global warming.

Representatives of the major faiths including the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said climate change has already hit the poorest of the world hardest and urgent action is needed now to protect future generations.

In the newly-launched Lambeth Declaration, signatories call on faith communities to recognise the pressing need to make the transition to a low carbon economy.

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Environmental Arts Project

It's Our World is the UK's largest art project celebrating the environment and promoting sustainability. Anyone aged 4 – 19 years is invited to put themselves on the map by creating an artwork to celebrate where they live and uploading it onto the It’s Our World Gallery. The aim is to create the UK’s largest online collection of artwork mapping the British Isles, as seen through the eyes of the nation’s future custodians.

The entire collection will be handed over to The UK Web Archives at the start of the Paris International Climate talks in December 2015 to be stored for the nation.
Many Church of England schools are already taking part, join them and find out more here.

Commitment to a transition to a low carbon economy

The Church Commissioners and The Church of England Pensions Board have announced a £12million divestment from thermal coal and tar sands.

In the future there will be no direct investments in any company where more than 10% of its revenues are derived from the extraction of thermal coal or the production of oil from tar sands.

This announcement coincides with the adoption of a new climate change policy recommended by the Church's Ethical Investment Advisory Group (EIAG) that sets out how the three national investing bodies (NIBs) will support the transition to a low carbon economy.

The announcement marks the start of a process of divestment as well as engagement with fossil fuel companies and better aligns the Church's investment practice with its belief, theology and practice.

Read the full release here and watch the short film.


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