London churches go green together

Britain's Westminster Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor has called on "followers of Jesus" to play a part in combating climate change, endorsing suggestions made in an ecumenical guidebook for London churches on reducing energy use and introducing recycling.

Independent Catholic News reports that the guidebook, For Creed and Creation was launched at London's City Hall last week, with information to help every church in the capital contribute to the fight against climate change.

The guide, by Dr Gillian Straine and Nathan Oxley, provides advice on everything from basic ways of reducing heating bills, such as fitting insulation and installing energy efficient lighting, through to introducing car sharing schemes for church services, setting up recycling programs and encouraging local children to learn about the environment and take an active role in protecting it.

Welcoming the publication, Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor said that "it is God's creation and we must all take care of it."

"This ecumenical venture, led by the London Churches, makes clear that as followers of Jesus we all have a part to play in increasing awareness of the damaging effects of climate change on creation and human life," he said.

"In the coming months, I hope that parishes in the Diocese of Westminster will study this booklet and take forward its practical suggestions."

The Anglican Bishop of London, Dr Richard Chartres, Chair of London's Church Leaders Group who met at City Hall with the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, to launch the guide, said: "Working together, London's churches have a pivotal role to play in tackling the stark reality of climate change.

"London's churches reach out to hundreds of thousands of people every week and, according to the last census, 58 per cent of the capital's population is Christian. We should be making our presence felt on the crucial issue of the environment."

The bishop says that strong scientific evidence means "it is no longer possible to find excuses for doing nothing".

He also said that it is not enough to blame others and demand others to do something about the dangers.

"Now is the time for individual and collective action in adapting to climate change and the unsustainable way in which we are exploiting the earth's resources."

The guide will be distributed free to over 4,000 churches in London.

Photo: Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor and the Bishop of London with authors of For Creed and Creation

First guidebook to help London's churches go green (Independent Catholic News, 16/3/07)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Roman Catholic Diocese of Westminster | For Creed and Creation - Guidebook for a greener church
For Creed and Creation (Anglican Church - PDF)

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