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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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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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