More than 3,500 churches have switched to renewable energy, according to new figures.

The Big Church Switch initiative covers a broad range of Christian denominations, including the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church.

The initiative is run by charities Christian Aid and Tearfund in partnership with collective buying organisation 2buy2.
The scheme is supported by charities including A Rocha and Cafod.

Pope’s statement on environment

Sixteen of the Roman Catholic Church’s 22 dioceses in England and Wales have signed up to the scheme, covering around 2,000 congregations.
Many Roman Catholics have chosen to switch to renewable energy following the Pope’s “Laudato Si” statement on the environment.

Daniel Hale, Head of Campaigns at Cafod, said: “This is great news, as switching to renewable energy is a practical way to respond to ‘Laudato Si’ and one that demonstrates the Catholic community’s desire to work together and to care for the earth, our common home, and our neighbours.”

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