The Big Church Switch

The Big Church SwitchFrom Beryl Moppett of Birmingham Anglican Climate Action

The Big Church Switch campaign was launched by Christian Aid and Tearfund on Ash Wednesday 2016.

Its aim is to encourage churches to switch from fossil fuels to renewable by taking up a green tariff provided by a clean energy supplier like Ecotricity or Good Energy which produce at least 80% of all their energy from renewable sources alone.

So far some 600 churches have registered their interest with The Big Church Switch and are exploring future arrangements for when their present contracts run out and 45 have switched completely. For further details please click on

The Big Switch supplements other church schemes. For example the Salvation Army has switched all its 845 sites onto a green tariff; the Lutherans have switched to a green tariff; and the Quakers have set up a special tariff with clean energy specialists Good Energy.

Some Anglican dioceses eg Chichester and West Yorkshire and the Dales, have started their own schemes and there is some great progress within the Roman Catholic Church.

Luke Harman of Christian Aid is aware of at least 1500 churches in the process of switching and says that they have had one meeting with the Department of Energy and Climate Change who have taken a big interest in the campaign.


The Climate CoalitionChristian Aid LogoThis year Christian Aid is joining up with the Climate Coalition to plan a Week of Action across the UK from 8-16 October.

Communities across the UK will come together to Speak Up for the love of the people, places and cherished things affected by climate change, and to ask our local MPs what progress has been made over the last year.

The hope is that together we can reach our vision of 100% clean energy in a generation, so that everyone can live life to the full.

Sign up, for church and home, at


John Nightingale,, 3rd July 2016

A member of Birmingham Anglican Climate Action

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20th Jul 2016 Posted in: News by Stella Jennings 0

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