From the Vice-Chair, Operation Noah
Sir, - In his letter last week (
24 April), the Rt Revd Dr David Atkinson asks how the Church of
England can treat the issue of climate change more urgently. Here
are three starters for ten.
First, the Church of England can join the Church of Sweden, and
Churches and congregations around the world - together with leading
UK charitable trusts and the Prince of Wales - in divesting from
Such companies appear intent on continuing the development and
expansion of coal, oil, and gas, whatever the consequences. Two
decades of engagement may have led to a little more transparency,
but not to any sign of a change of direction. So many Christians
are concluding that it is time to disinvest.
Second, the Church could consider how to reinvest part of the
funds withdrawn from fossil fuels in community-energy projects. The
UK has a thriving community-energy sector with a vision to produce
financially sustainable, clean, low-cost energy owned by local
people. Profits are usually split between investors and local
communities, and used to insulate homes and lift vulnerable
households out of fuel poverty. With support, this has the
potential to transform the way we produce, own, and use energy in
Third, following the encouragement of the recent call to the
whole Anglican Communion (News, 2 April), Anglicans can join others
around the world in fasting and praying for such change on the
first of each month.
The urgency of the issue is not in doubt, but the failure to
grapple with climate change leads many to distraction or despair.
The Church of England has ample opportunity to demonstrate
leadership, vision, and hope.
Grayston Centre, 28 Charles Square, London N1 6HT