Blog Archive: General Synod Archives - Bright Now




Strengthened Land and Nature Motion Passes Overwhelmingly at General Synod

We’re pleased to share the news that the amended Land and Nature motion passed close to unanimously at the Church of England General Synod on Saturday 24 February. The motion recognises and builds on the work being done in many parishes and dioceses to protect and value nature, and it aims to raise ambition more widely for biodiversity in the Church of England alongside the Church’s existing 2030 net zero climate commitment.

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Scottish Episcopal Church recognises ‘moral imperative to divest fully from fossil fuels’

The Scottish Episcopal Church has taken a major step towards divestment from fossil fuels after its General Synod voted to change its ethical investment policy.

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BREAKING: Christian campaigners drop banner during Synod to urge Church to divest from fossil fuels

Yesterday a group of young campaigners protested against Church investments in fossil fuels at Church House, London during the General Synod. The group, including members from Christian Climate Action (CCA), dropped a protest banner from the public gallery and held a prayer rally outside Church House demanding the Church pull its investments from fossil fuel companies such as BP and Shell.

Holly Peterson, from CCA said: ‘Fossil fuel companies cannot continue with ‘business as usual’ if the world is to avoid catastrophic climate change.

‘If the Church believes in ethical investment and cares about the impacts of climate change on people and planet then why do they still invest in fossil fuels? They are not practising what they preach.

‘We are calling on the Church of England to show courageous leadership and take action now by moving their investments. This is the only way to send a clear message that the continued extraction of fossil fuels is no longer morally acceptable’.

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General Synod debated the climate – and the climate won

On the morning of the 12 February I was glued to my computer watching a debate on the environment, live-streamed from the General Synod. This debate was the culmination of a lot of prayer, inspiration and sheer hard work on the part of a few of the Operation Noah board members and many other people. It really mattered to me, to Operation Noah and, I believe, to God, how the debate went. Read more




General Synod to debate the climate!

Great News: climate change is on the agenda at the Church of England General Synod on 12th February.

The purpose of the debate is to challenge the Church to take urgent action on climate change in all areas, including political pressure, disinvestment / reinvestment, adaptation, consumption, poverty and international development. This is the first step in encouraging the Church of England to engage more fully in tackling climate change and the hope is that it will lead to further debates, specifically concerning fossil fuel disinvestment. Read more