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The Church of England and environmentalism

13 March 2015


From the Bishop of Coventry

Sir, - Huw Spanner (Features, 27 February) asks where the Church's prophetic voice is on climate change today. He points to the secular green movement, which "tends to think very positively of the faith communities", and yet, as his article uncomfortably shows, many of us in the Church have shown widespread ignorance of the issues, and have been slow to respond to the growing environmental crisis.

He cites Paul Bodenham: "The core business of the Church is to be salt for the earth, to be a preservative. The practice of care for creation has to grow out of faith and worship rather than be a project."

A conference to be held at Coventry Cathedral on 18 and 19 September will seek to address some of these very issues. Further information can be found at www.reconcilingawoundedplanet.com.

The Bishop's House
23 Davenport Road
Coventry CV5 6PW


From Mr Simon Court

Sir, - In view of the chief executive of Shell's announcement that the oil company intends to restart drilling in the Arctic, how effective is the C of E's Ethical Investment Advisory Group's policy to "engage with companies on ethical issues on behalf of the investing bodies"?

If the Church remains determined to profit from climate change and fails to disinvest from fossil-fuel businesses such as Shell, then it might be time for individual PCCs and other church bodies to disinvest their funds from CCLA and seek more ethical investments.

Eastgate Cottage, Perrys Lane
Cawston, Norwich NR10 4HJ


From the Revd Keith Denerley

Sir, - The Lead Bishop for the Environment (Comment, 27 February) asks churches to commit themselves to shrinking our carbon footprints, and commends heat pumps and solar panels.

When the diocesan advisory committee and those above actively encourage us to cover our (listed) church roofs with panels, and install ground-source pumps in our churchyards, I will happily recommend such things to our PCC. In the mean time, the price of our heating oil has been tumbling.

1 The Pales, English Bicknor
Coleford, Glos GL16 7PQ

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