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Diocese environmental group is launched

The Diocese of East Anglia’s response to the environmental crisis stepped up a gear recently with the establishment of a small group tasked with addressing this important issue.

The chair of the group, which has representatives from across Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambs, is Fr Paul Maddison. He said: “The remit of the group is to provide support, education and co-ordination across our parishes, schools and other diocesan structures as well as to facilitate national initiatives from the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.”

The team comprises Barbara Burnett (Cambridgeshire and Peterborough) Judith Tooth (Norfolk) and Rhona Lewis (Suffolk). Along with Fr Paul, the group recently met via Zoom with Bishop Alan to look at the challenges facing the diocese.

“Much has been done and more is planned not only to reduce our carbon footprint, but also to make real and lasting changes in response to the call of Pope Francis in Laudato Si to care for our common home,” said Fr Paul.

One of the first initiatives is a project to install electric car charging points at churches and schools across the diocese. You can read more about it here.

“Please get involved,” said Fr Paul. “Keep an eye on the diocesan website for regular updates on our work, do share with us your ideas and achievements and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you feel there is anything we can help you with.”

You can email the team at:

Wind turbines photo by Nicholas Doherty on Unsplash