Ask your General Synod members to support the Bristol amendment on climate

Christian Climate Action are holding a vigil the morning of the debate

On Wednesday 12 February, the General Synod will be debating GS 2159 – Climate Emergency and Carbon Reduction Target, which proposes a net zero carbon date for the Church of England of 2045.

Green Christian member, Geoff Stratford, has written a paper in support of the Bristol Diocese amendment to motion 2159, which is calling for an earlier net zero date of 2030.

Geoff says, ‘I recognise the concern referred to in the paper for GS 2159 about “setting ourselves up to fail” by having “unachievable” targets.  I’ve tried to address that in my paper.  I’ve also tried to offer a number of additional reasons for supporting 2030 rather than 2045.  In the paper I have referenced the GS 2159 papers (the content of which I think is great), the Pre-Lambeth briefing from ACEN, and our recent “Moana: Water of Life” conference.  That conference was flagged by Archbishop Welby as being significant in the lead up to Lambeth 2020.  It heard input from eminent scientists whose evidence points unequivocally to a 2030 not 2045 target.’

People are welcome to use Geoff’s paper, or any information from it, to write to their own General Synod members asking them to support the 2030 target.

You may find contact details for your Synod members on your Diocese Website, or by using a search engine. Or email us.



Author: Ruth Jarman | Date: 9 February, 2020 | Category: Action Climate Emergency | Comments: 16

Comments on "Ask your General Synod members to support the Bristol amendment on climate"

Paul strickland:

February 12, 2020

Here's the Thought for today, Feb 12th. Thanks Stephanie!

Stephanie Boucher:

February 12, 2020

Good to hear this morning's Thought for the Day on this subject.

Helene Roe:

February 11, 2020

2045 is too late. We need to be setting an example to the rest of the country, dragging them along with us kicking and screaming. Please support the amendment. Thank you.

Helen Holford:

February 11, 2020

Please reduce the timescale to a carbon-neutral church. Individuals can only do so much - we need systemic change within large organisations and the church should lead by example. Thank you.

Angela Forbes:

February 11, 2020

Please support this amendment. We need much more urgent action

Peter Wright:

February 10, 2020

Surely if God made the world, and everything in it, and left us as stewards, he's going to be pretty annoyed (politely put) when he returns to find the mess we've made. The church is His representative body here on earth, so what are you lot doing holding prolonged debates - get on with making the changes that are essential, and stop trying to please all the profit making businesses that you unwisely support - over turn the tables NOW

Maggie Lippiett:

February 10, 2020

We are not approaching a Climate Crisis, we are there already! 2045 is far too late - we need to target 2030 at the latest

Maggie Lippiett:

February 10, 2020

We are not approaching a Climate Crisis, we are there already! We need urgently to address this now and not later. 2045 is far too late - we need to target 2030 at the latest

Christine Pilgrim:

February 10, 2020

2045 is totally unrealistic. How much more evidence is needed for goodness sake. Come on Synod PLEASE!

Kay Edwards:

February 10, 2020

Please support the amendment 2045 is way too late.

Faith Airey:

February 10, 2020

This 2045 date is outrageous when other organisations can do so much better. Get with it synod!

Sekeeta Crowley:

February 10, 2020

The climate emergency is real and demands immediate action as supported by Geoff Stratford in GS2159. 2045 will be too late to become Zeto net carbon.

James Critchley:

February 10, 2020

Dear C of E , What has happened to the 42% reduction promised (by 2020) under the auspices of Shrinking the Footprint!? In addition what of all your investments in fossil fuels ? If you are serious about climate change then these issues should surely be dealt with ASAP? I look forward to your reply with much interest. Kind regards, James

Peter Jason Taylor:

February 10, 2020

I spent my 40-year working life as a meteorologist, forecasting mainly for the RAF and civil aviation, finally as UK Met Office Chief Forecaster for Defence. I therefore know quite a lot about atmospheric processes, and have understood the global warming threat since 1980. Since then mankind's fossil fuel emissions have continued to rise as before, except for a brief pause from the Great Recession, and despite recent successful efforts to develop renewable energy. 2045 is far too late to become carbon-neutral. Over 90% of man-made CO2 greenhouse gas emissions since the industrial revolution has sunk into the oceans, which are becoming saturated with them. Because warmer water can hold less dissolved gases than cooler water, unabated warming of the oceans would transform them into net sources of CO2 rather than sinks, a process known as "positive feedback". Prehistoric warming events (triggered by calculable changes in the earth's solar orbit or angle of inclination) each continued for almost a millennium before reaching a new equilibrium. Another consequence would be continually rising sea levels, mainly due to thermal expansion of the water, augmented by melting freshwater from landmasses, rendering low-lying islands and coastal cities uninhabitable. God (or "nature" for atheists) has made us custodians of the planet, which we are well on the way to wrecking through plundering and pollution.

General Synod climate debate this Wed 12 Feb:

February 10, 2020

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Revd Alasdair Kay:

February 9, 2020

Please support this amendment

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