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Faith groups meet in bid to lower carbon footprints

PUBLISHED: 18:43 11 June 2008 | UPDATED: 15:08 07 September 2010

MAJOR faith groups in Westminster met this week to discuss ways to lower their carbon footprints. About 80 representatives from faith groups including Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Sikh and Baha i faiths got together yesterday to address global war

MAJOR faith groups in Westminster met this week to discuss ways to lower their carbon footprints.

About 80 representatives from faith groups including Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Sikh and Baha'i faiths got together yesterday to address global warming issues and encourage green thinking in Westminster.

Charity Vital Regeneration's sustainability programme manager, Marie Monaghan, explained its project Faith For The Environment.

This promotes recycling and raises awareness of the links between green initiatives and religious teachings about positive environmental behaviour.

The Church of England's director of property, Michael Bye, discussed its campaign Shrinking The Footprint in the Diocese of London.

This aims to reduce carbon emissions by 60 per cent by 2050.

Environmental initiatives and tips include increasing energy efficiency by using energy- saving light bulbs, installing loft and wall insulation, switching to green energy, generating renewable energy and offsetting carbon emissions.

Chairwoman of the Faith Exchange, Cllr Carolyn Keen (pictured), said: "Faith groups have the potential to make a significant contribution to environmental sustainability in Westminster.


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