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New website for green churches

by Michael Ford last modified 12 May, 2014 04:28 PM

A new website showcasing ‘green’ churches – those who have introduced innovative, energy saving measures – has been launched by the Church of England across the South West region.

The Dioceses of Bath and Wells, Bristol, Exeter, Gloucester, Salisbury and Truro recently ran a Lent Carbon Fast together. They have now launched www.ecochurchsouthwest.org.uk to offer a range of resources to further encourage positive action by Christians in addressing climate change and environmental damage.

The website includes maps, case studies, worship material, examples of projects and ideas for future action by churches. These include composting toilets, Fairtrade churches, Eco-congregations and church buildings with solar panels.

Environment Officer for Exeter Diocese, Martyn Goss, said: “This is another good way of sharing our work across the churches of the South West. For instance we have installed almost 300 PV schemes [photo-voltaic solar panels] in the region but this is not well known.

"The website encourages our churches to be more ecologically aware and active as a fundamental part of their ministry. It also demonstrates to non-church people that the church can and does care about the earth.”

The website is part of the national Church of England’s 'Shrinking the Footprint' campaign which promotes global climate justice.

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