Church of England

Bishops declare 'climate emergency' and make 7 lifestyle commitments

Tue 13 Aug 2019
By Marcus Jones

The Bishops of Guildford and Dorking say the issue of climate change has reached emergency levels and are urging Christians to sign up to a number of lifestyle changes.

Andrew Watson and Jo Bailey Wells have joined forces with other organisations in Surrey to declare a climate emergency and say they will do all they can to help the situation.


The lifestyle changes include, switching to a clean energy provider, using cars less and cutting down on meat consumption.


Speaking to Premier about the urgency of the situation, Bishop Jo said: "It's a topic that's been floating around in the ether for years and years and years and it's absolutely clear that we're not doing enough fast enough.

"It seems to me that all of us together have to work for the solution.

"People in leadership have to be making a noise about it and clearly making a sacrifice in relation to it."

Other commitments include growing your own fruit and veg, reusing plastic bags and using heating sparingly.

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