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Church of England to update its Don’t Stop at the Lights climate change book

February 3, 2015:

The cover design of the original 2008 edition

The Church of England is to update its celebrated 2008 Don’t Stop at the Lights climate change book helping Anglican and other church congregations all over the world plan environmental action. And it’s looking for help from churches and congregations around the globe.

Its coordinator David Shreeve is looking for examples of environmental action being taken by churches, especially energy saving, recycling and churchyard biodiversity schemes- since the book was published in 2008.

"News of future plans is also welcome along with details of videos, websites, award schemes, special services, training and publications,” Shreeve says.

Contact him at: 

Shrinking the footprint

In 2005 the General Synod of the Church of England debated Sharing God’s Planet, an important report on climate change that inspired the church to use its own resources to act immediately. This led to the setting up of Shrinking The Footprint, an audit of energy use across all the Church of England’s buildings. Don’t Stop at the Lights was part of the next stage of the campaign, aimed at ensuring churches spread awareness of the spiritual dimension of Christian ecology while also taking practical steps to reduce environmental impact.

The book’s authors - Claire Foster and David Shreeve - were environmental advisers to the Church of England with a well-established reputation in promoting ethical environmentalism, including the publication of How Many Lightbulbs Does It Take to Change a Christian? But where that book was focused on ecological ideas for individuals, Don’t Stop at the Lights provides material to help church leaders plan a year of environmental change in their church, including environmental themes for services and sermons, study material on Biblical texts and case studies of good practice to inspire church leaders.

"The present challenges of environment and economy, of human development and global poverty, can only be faced with extraordinary Christ-liberated courage." The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby

The book has been widely used since its 2008 publication and environmental consciousness among faith communities has increased considerably in the last six years. There are now many more inspiring examples of ways in which churches and congregations have begun to address their environmental impact and adding these to a new edition will make it an even more powerful and practical guide for Christians wanting to make a positive difference.

Don't forget: if you have experience of environmental action or resources developed by churches or congregations please contact David Shreeve as soon as possible at:

Further links

Sharing God’s Planet downloadable pdf version

More information about Shrinking the footprint

Amazon page for How Many Lightbulbs Does it Take to Change a Christian

Amazon page for Don’t Stop at the Lights

Christian statement about caring for creation

The Environmental Dimension Claire Foster and David Shreeve’s website

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