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England: Lead environmental bishop welcomes eco-guide update

Posted on: July 13, 2015 10:09 AM
Bishop Holtham (centre) with David Shreeve and Claire Foster-Gilbert, co-authors of 'Don’t Stop at the Lights'
Photo Credit: Church of England

[Church of England] The Church of England's lead bishop on the environment has welcomed a new update to a guide providing environmental advice and resources for parishes.

Don't Stop at the Lights - Leading Your Church Through a Changing Climate, first published in 2008 by Church House Publishing, has now a new booklet giving updated information and practical tips to churches on incorporating the environment into the Church year. People who already have the book, co-authored by Claire Foster and David Shreeve, can either download the update or apply for a free copy by email.

Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury, writing in the update, detailed practical action taken by churches including work on energy efficiency, renewable energy and care for churchyards which are havens of biodiversity. All churches are committed to shrinking their carbon footprint and there is a growing movement to pray and fast for the climate on the first day of every month, he added.

"I do hope this book helps clergy and congregations to see how the environment can matter throughout the year and how it need not be yet another burden to add to an already heavy workload, but a real contribution to our service and commitment," Bishop Nicholas wrote.

David Shreeve, the Church of England's environmental adviser, said: "So much has happened since Don't Stop at the Lights was first published in 2008 - the update provides new website links including vital information about how churches can prepare for the forthcoming Paris climate change talks. "Don't Stop at the Lights takes the whole of the Church year and gives advice and ideas to churches on how they can include the environment throughout the Christian calendar year. You don't have to wait for Harvest festival to do something on the environment."

The update has been issued after faith leaders including the Archbishop of Canterbury signed the Lambeth Declaration last month warning of the "huge challenge" facing the world over climate change. The declaration includes a call on faith communities to recognise the pressing need to make the transition to a low carbon economy.

Find out more about the Church of England’s environmental campaign.