Bishop of Salisbury to urge Churches to move to a low carbon future

Churches will be urged to move to a low carbon future to combat climate change at next month’s Dorset County Show.

The Bishop of Salisbury, the Rt Rev Nicholas Holtam, will speak about the need for society to help  governments deliver the climate change agreement signed at the United Nations by 175 world leaders earlier this year.

Bishop Nick, who is to speak at the traditional harvest service in the sheep shearer’s arena, will say that while there has been real progress in recent months, the journey is still at an early stage.

He said he was looking forward to the Dorset County Show: “It will be an opportunity for us to celebrate, think and pray about the life and work of our very beautiful but nevertheless fragile and precious home.

“What has to happen globally also has to happen locally,” he added.

Bishop Nick, who is the Church of England’s lead Bishop for the environment, will speak about two key areas of work taking place both nationally and in Dorset – the Eco Church initiative and the Living Churchyards scheme.

Christian charity Arocha is leading the Eco Church Initiative, working in partnership with the Church of England,  Christian Aid, The Methodist Church and Tearfund to encourage Churches to care for creation as an integral part of loving our neighbours and following God faithfully.

“This is about the way we live – using renewable energy and being efficient so that we don’t waste precious resources.”

The Living Churchyards project, managed in the county by the Dorset Wildlife Trust, is designed to provide sanctuary for species whose living space has been cut back.

“It is a marvellous way of caring for “God’s Acre” in such a way as to care for the diverse ecology of our common home,” added

There will once again be a Church marquee in the Countryside area at the Show, which is run on behalf of the parish churches of Dorset and sponsored by the Diocese of Salisbury.

Jean Coates, rural Officer for Diocese of Salisbury in Dorset, said: “I hope this year’s marquee will encourages churches across the county to get more involved with EcoChurch and help us all to work to be better guardians of plant earth.”

Rebecca Cox
1st Aug 2016 09:10:00

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