New Church Times Green Church awards 2017 launched!
IN 2007, the Church Times organised the first Green Church Awards. Scores of churches entered, giving details of imaginative schemes for reducing their church’s environmental footprint, preserving the natural world, campaigning for change, and educating the next generation in sustainable living.
In the past ten years there have been great advances in scientific understanding and public awareness. At the local level, reducing energy use has become an everyday concern, and awareness of the need to combat the effects of global warming is widespread. Recycling has been embraced, and it is now possible to subscribe to clean-energy suppliers. Internationally, impressive efforts have been made to build on the Kyoto Agreement, culminating in the Paris Agreement, now signed by 117 countries, and ratified officially in November.
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Pilgrimage to Paris reunion
This time last year our intrepid pilgrims were just a few days in to their two week walk from London to Paris for the historic COP21 UN climate talks. Inspired by their faith, pilgrims from across the UK took part, calling on world leaders to agree a fair, ambitious and binding climate change deal. The Church of England, Christian Aid and Tearfund came together to organise the pilgrimage which culminated in a handover of over one million faith signatures to President Hollande. Take a look at the film here and the website here.
Big Church Switch
Help switching your church or your own energy supply from fossil fuels to renewable energy. The Church of England and its environmental campaign Shrinking the Footprint have signed up to the Big Church Switch, a campaign led by Christian Aid and Tearfund. The Big Church Switch calls on churches and individual Christians of all denominations to switch their energy supply from fossil fuels to renewable energy. By using clean, renewable energy the Church can demonstrate its commitment to care for our neighbours and for the earth – our common home.
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Be inspired by Anna's journey to turn her church green.
Virtuous Circles - project update
This is an exciting time in the Virtuous Circles project. Having secured a Heritage Lottery Fund grant at the end of last year the project team have been hard at work at developing this innovative concept. Using St Michael's church in Dulas, Herefordshire as the pilot the aim of the project is to create a sustainable use model for churches across the country.
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