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Church Response to Trump Climate Decision

Bishop Nicholas, as the Church of England’s lead bishop on the environment, the Bishop of Salisbury, has condemned President Trump’s decision to revoke the United States’ ratification of the Paris Agreement on climate change, which has been signed by 194 other countries.

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Bats in Churches project off to a flying start

According to estimates, up to 6,400 parish churches in England may be used by bats. In most churches it may not even be clear that bats are using the building but in some cases large roosts can become a major problem. The Church of England is part of a large Heritage Lottery Funded project to find solutions and support congregations. The partnership is led by Natural England and in addition to the Church of England includes Historic England, Churches Conservation Trust and the Bats Conservation Trust. The project team have now been appointed and the development stage will run until March 2018. You can keep up to date on the project by visiting the Bats and Churches website.

Spring update

The latest e-news from Shrinking the Footprint is now available. Take a look at our Spring 2017 update.


Briefing paper on fracking

The Church of England announced the publication today of its Briefing Paper on Shale Gas and Fracking.

The Paper assesses shale gas and fracking as they relate to local communities, the environment, UK energy policy and the UK’s commitment to carbon reduction targets under the COP21 agreement. It draws on the report into shale gas and fracking published by the independent Committee on Climate Change in July 2016.

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