Monday, 23 February 2009

Cutting carbon is focus of Church of England's Lent initiative

Advice from a banking boss, the latest eco-technology in a country church, lifestyle pledges in the North East and a cut-carbon-not-chocolate challenge from church and government leaders including the Archbishop of Canterbury are just some of the ways the Church of England is putting a green stamp on Lent as part of its Shrinking the Footprint campaign.

Ed Miliband, U.K. secretary of state for energy and climate change, is joining Diocese of London Bishop Richard Chartres, chair of Shrinking the Footprint, and Diocese of Liverpool Bishop James Jones to launch Tearfund's Carbon Fast this Wednesday (February 25). Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams is also supporting the fast which is calling for a cut in personal carbon use over the 40 days.

Banking boss Nick Robins, head of HSBC's Climate Change Centre of Excellence, is one of the high profile speakers at a series of events run in the Diocese of Southwark (Merton Deanery) at Holy Trinity, South Wimbledon to promote Green Faith in Lent. St. Mark's Wimbledon, also part of the deanery, has set up its own Christian Ecology group and has distributed free low-energy light bulbs around parishioners claiming state benefits. The group is also drafting a green-focus leaflet for Christians across Wimbledon with helpful environmental tips. Read more
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