Blog Archive: James Buchanan, Author at Bright Now




Join our 40 Days, 40 Dioceses campaign and the next Global Divestment Announcement

At the start of 2023, 40 dioceses across England and Wales (27 in the CofE and 13 in the Catholic Church) had yet to make a commitment to divest from fossil fuels. Making a divestment commitment involves committing to sell any investments in fossil fuel companies and not to invest in these companies in the future. This Lent, we will highlight a particular diocese on each of the 40 days and encourage Christians to take action, calling on Church leaders and investors to make changes.

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Church Investment in Climate Solutions: Financing a Liveable Future

Our new Bright Now report, Church Investment in Climate Solutions: Financing a Liveable Future, calls on Churches to play a vital role in accelerating a fair and fast transition by investing in climate solutions.

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Over 60 UK local churches have now made divestment commitments. Could yours be next?

Local churches have long been an integral part of the fossil fuel divestment movement. As church communities align their investments with their values by divesting from fossil fuel companies, they help to remove the social licence of oil, gas and coal companies and encourage other organisations and institutions to follow suit.

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The Diocese of Truro journey towards net zero and investment in climate solutions

Mike Sturgess, Chair of the Diocesan Board of Finance for the Diocese of Truro, shares the steps that the diocese has taken on its journey towards reaching net zero by 2030 and investing in climate solutions, including solar power, wind power and battery storage.

In February 2020 the Church of England’s approved its ambitious target to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030. In response, the Diocese of Truro started to develop a new environmental strategy, built around the vision: Cherish Creation, Cut Carbon, Speak Out. This started with every main diocesan committee setting out its own objectives in relation to these three aspects of the strategy.

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The Global Church and the Fossil Fuelled Five webinar

Together with Laudato Si’ Movement, World Council of Churches, Green Anglicans and GreenFaith, Operation Noah organised a webinar ahead of the Stockholm +50 conference entitled The Global Church and the Fossil Fuelled Five.

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Expanding the Bright Now campaign: Divestment, investment and Church land

Earlier this year, Operation Noah received a two-year grant for the Bright Now campaign, which has enabled us to recruit two new staff members and expand the focus of the campaign.

Alongside our work on fossil fuel divestment, we can now scale up our work with UK Churches on investment in climate solutions, and encourage the Church of England to manage its land more sustainably.

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