Thousands of churches in the UK are ditching fossil fuels according to data released yesterday. The majority of Salvation Army, about a third of Quakers and a lot of Catholic churches (2000) have switched to renewable suppliers. This sounds a lot however this is still a minority of churches ditching fossil fuels.
Churches are often in listed buildings so installing renewable kit can be difficult (my church looked into this) although its got easier since then with some churches managing it. Switching to a green energy supplier is obviously much easier.
A couple of points need to be made. Firstly by switching exactly the same electrons are coming down the wire. The point by doing so is to encourage for renewables investment. Second and following on form this a change does not preclude energy efficiency. My church has not switched, we are holding a “Stir up Supper” in December and this may give us the space to talk about this. However we are starting a wholesale move to LED’s and have put in insulation in our roof (and its amazing how many churches that could do this have not).
The big Church switch website is here and as a last point remember.
The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. Ps24v1