Category: Energy

How to divest from fossil fuels

Following the Church of England’s fossil fuel divestment vote in July, Operation Noah is inviting local churches of all denominations to make divestment commitments. They say: Fossil fuel companies cannot continue with ‘business as usual’ if the world is to avoid catastrophic climate change. The institutional Churches say they believe in ethical investment. They also …
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St Wenn, Diocese of Truro – shared biomass boiler with under-floor heating

In St Wenn, Cornwall, the Church and School shared a biomass heating project. First steps – what’s needed? Planning for this project was comprehensive and inclusive – and it took some long time! St Wenn Church Council (PCC) involved church members, the head teacher and governors, together with – critically – the wider community. Churchwarden, …
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St Wenn shortlisted in Green Building section of 2017 Church Times Environmental Awards

St Wenn’s eco-heating project is one of the four shortlisted for this Award in the Church Buildings section (along with Gloucester Cathedral; Holy Trinity, Bradford on Avon; and Holy Trinity, Tulse Hill). The project has delivered a shared, sustainable zero-carbon heating solution for both church and nearby school. It uses a shared biomass boiler in …
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Happy Summertime!

So, have the results of the General Election been good for the environment?! On the face of it, the Green Party did not gain ground, issues of ecological sustainability did not seem high on candidates’ agendas and Britain now has an Environment Secretary who is not exactly known for his green credentials. Is the outlook …
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Tiverton constituents grill their MP on climate change

A large crowd of concerned constituents gathered in Tiverton Hotel on Saturday 8th October to discuss with Neil Parish MP what he and the government are doing to address the growing challenge of climate change. During the afternoon, around 40 people from across Tiverton and the surrounding villages gathered together for part of a national …
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Community Energy

EcoChurch Southwest organised a morning on 7 July 2016 at Pinhoe Road Baptist Church, Exeter to look at the benefits of churches engaging with their community energy schemes that operate in their local areas. There are many in the South West region, including Plymouth, Bath, North Devon, Bristol, and Cornwall. Pinhoe Road Baptist Church is part …
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Happy St. James-the-Less day – patron saint of Christian lifestyle!

In 1306 King Edward I became the first British ruler to ban the burning of coal, disregard of which was punishable by death!  In subsequent centuries other monarchs, including Elizabeth I, attempted to do the same because of coal smoke’s toxic effects on the air. Their success was limited however.More than 700 years later our …
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Conference: Churches and Community Energy, 7th July

A free day conference to explore the potential for church engagement in Community Energy projects in the South WestThursday 7th July 201610.30 – 15.30Pinhoe Road Baptist ChurchExeter EX4 7HZChair: Rt. Revd. Nick McKinnel, Bishop of PlymouthBookings: Joan Harris, 01392 294940, joanie@exeter.anglican.org

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Eco Church Scheme launched

Great launch of Eco Church scheme at St Paul’s Cathedral with Rowan Williams, Canon Philippa Boardman (Canon Treasurer – receiving the first award – for the cathedral), Tearfund’s Nigel Harris (CEO), Christian Aid Christine Allen (Policy & Public Affairs Director) and A Rocha UK’s Andy Atkins and Ruth Valerio (CEO and Churches & Theology Director).Try …
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What the frack?

Depending who you ask, hydraulic fracturing – fracking – is either a panacea for our energy crisis or an environmental apocalypse in waiting. Clare Bryden drills through the propaganda in search of some answers. This article is available on Clare’s website. It was published in Third Way magazine, October 2014.  

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