Christian Aid chief executive Loretta Minghella says “Action by thousands of churches shows a groundswell of public support for renewables to which governments must respond to doing all they can to shift to a clean energy future."
With more than 3,500 UK churches ditching fossil fuels for renewable electricity they will directly help people threatened, and already most severely affected, by climate change.
A total of 1,922 Catholic parishes in 16 dioceses are running entirely on renewable power. Many have made the decision to green their electricity in the wake of ‘Laudato Si’, a key message on the environment from Pope Francis last year.
Salford is one of the 16 Catholic dioceses that has made the switch. The Rt Rev John Arnold, who is the Bishop of Salford, said: "There are many ways in which we may respond to the threat and the reality of climate change and adopting renewable energy for our church buildings must be a priority.
"Pope Francis challenges us all to 'care for our common home', and by adopting renewable energy we will directly help people threatened, and already most severely affected, by climate change."
Read the full article 'Renewable energy to power thousands of UK churches' which was featured in E&T on the 1st September 2016.