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New IPCC report does not hold its punches

posted 10 Oct 2018, 01:51 by Martyn Goss   [ updated 10 Oct 2018, 02:02 ]
In the Anglican Communion the 5th Mark of Mission calls us to ‘strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the use of the earth’.

This week’s report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said that the planet would reach the crucial 1.5C warming as early as 2030 under current greenhouse gas emission levels: risking wildfires, extreme droughts, floods, and serious famine.  Nothing new in this but it’s a sobering call for more radical and urgent action to be taken.

As a small step to addressing this challenge, the Diocese of Exeter has a 10 year strategy to reduce its carbon footprint and as it aspires to become an Eco Diocese.

In cooperation with other partners, including Ecotricity and the Devon Association for Renewable Energy (DARE), it has been taking action to cut excessive energy use and consumption, and to promote less-damaging sources of power, heat and food.  We also work with our Link Dioceses to address climate injustice in their countries as well as in the UK. 

Five particular areas of ministry are highlighted for further action:

                            Procurement       (changing where our supplies come from, including

Fairtrade produce)

Buildings and Land  (conserving and improving their energy use, and          developing new energy sources)

Travel and Transport        (sharing journeys, reducing mileage,

                                                electric vehicles, green driving, etc.)


Lifestyle                               (campaigning and living more simply and

                                                sustainably  at home, at church and in

                                                community – including Eco Church)


Theology and Prayer        (revisiting our worship and understanding

                                                to better appreciate God as Creator of all life)


10 year strategy can be viewed at this link

A summary of the IPCC report can be accessed here.

Martyn Goss,
10 Oct 2018, 02:02