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Lambeth’s green summit gives a fig

23 March 2011

by Ed Beavan

ABOUT 80 faith leaders met at Lambeth Palace on Monday to dis­cuss shrinking their carbon foot­print and increasing sustain­ability in places of worship.

Pledges were hung on the fig tree at Lambeth Palace during the inter­faith seminar, which followed up the conference that produced the Lam­beth Declaration before the 2009 UN climate talks in Copenhagen.

Renewable energy sources and energy conservation in places of wor­ship, using green spaces to enhance community cohesion, and the theo­logy of the stewardship of the en­vironment were among the topics. The C of E’s Shrinking the Footprint campaign, and the London School of Jewish Studies, were the organisers.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Chief Rabbi, Dr Jonathan Sacks, and the Under-Secretary of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change, Lord Marland, all visited the conference.

The Church of England’s national environment adviser, the Ven. David Shreeve, said: “It’s been great to come together to hear what people from different faith groups have been doing, and sharing best practice. We’ve heard about a solar energy plan for Coventry Cathedral, but we need not just to talk about these things, but encourage the practical things we can do as faith groups.”

Rabbi Natan Levy, of the London School of Jewish Studies, said: “It’s been good to learn from one another on these important issues.”

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