UK churches shift to renewable energy

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More than 5,500 churches in the United Kingdom, including famous cathedrals, have shifted to renewable sources of energy in an unprecedented move to contribute towards addressing climate change.

In a report published by The Guardian, church leaders maintain that climate change is “one of the great moral challenges of our time,” which will greatly affect the poor and vulnerable sectors.

“It’s fantastic to see churches doing their bit to ensure they reduce their impact on the environment. They are also giving a boost to clean energy, which is essential to reduce harmful carbon emissions,” said Nicholas Holtam, the bishop of Salisbury and the Church of England.

Bishop Holtam added that, “climate change is an enormous injustice and is hurting the poor first and worst.”

BBC said in its report that the Churches may have diverted an estimated amount of more than £5 million from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

“Switching to responsible sources of electricity may seem like a small thing on its own, but when joined together it can make a real difference,” said Bishop Holtam.

Rowan Williams, the former archbishop of Canterbury and the chair of Christian Aid, has also confirmed to The Guardian that the Church of England will sell its controversial shares in fossil fuel companies that are reportedly not keeping up with the Paris agreement on climate change.

He further stressed that, “churches are part of a global network and so are often very aware of the plight of our brothers and sisters suffering from droughts, floods and extreme weather around the world.”

In the US, many cities are still turning to renewable energy despite Donald Trump’s reported agenda to roll back regulations that push for greener sources of energy.

Hawaii, for one, is reportedly mapping out its plan to turn to 100 percent renewable energy. It has recently forged a large-scale renewable energy on Molokai, which will reportedly include 4.88 megawatts of solar panels. Its battery system will be able to store energy and discharge up to 2.6 megawatts during peak hours, according to a report.