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Confronting the threat of Climate Change

by Michael Ford last modified 27 Feb, 2019 03:54 PM

General Synod voted overwhelmingly to step up the Church of England’s environmental programme in response to the escalating threat of Climate Change.

Confronting the threat of Climate Change

Bishop Mounstephen makes his strong debut speech

A motion brought by the dioceses of London and Truro was approved, committing the Church to accelerating its existing Environmental Programme (CoEEP), and calling on every diocese to put in place an environmental programme overseen by a designated member of the bishop’s staff team.

The possibility of a standard tool to monitor CO2 emissions in churches, cathedrals and church halls will also be explored.

Building on the Church of England’s previous initiative ‘Shrinking the Footprint,’ The Environmental Working Group of the Church of England will promote communication and peer reviews between dioceses.

Making his maiden speech, the Bishop of Truro, Philip Mounstephen (pictured) introduced the motion, saying:
“Climate change cannot be a matter of indifference for any of us and we cannot underestimate the seriousness of this.

“Behind this motion is a fundamental desire to see us, as a church, recover our prophetic edge.

“For that to happen I believe we need prophetic people to stir us up.”

The motion, originally debated and amended in July 2018, was moved by Enid Barron, London Diocese, and clearly passed.

“This is a good news headline for the Church and I encourage Synod to vote strongly in favour of the motion,” commented Mrs Barron.

“When we meet with our brothers and sisters from the Lambeth Conference next year, we need to be able to say ‘we’ve heard your pain and we’re doing all that we can, with God’s help, to make a difference.'”

The motion was passed with 279 in favour, 3 against with 4 recorded abstentions.

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