Bishop of Salisbury urges Church of England to fast for the climate

The Bishop of Salisbury, Nicholas Holtam, has proposed a motion to the Church of England’s General Synod that all bishops and all vicars should fast for the climate on the first of every month – and urge their congregations to do the same. The General Synod will be held in July. Several other ecological measures are also proposed, which aim to put the Anglican Church in a position to pressure Government leaders for a stronger, climate deal in Paris in December.

From the Independent:

Vicars should be trained in eco-theology and encourage their congregants to fast once a month in order to play a role in “safeguarding God’s creation”, the Bishop of Salisbury will argue at a meeting of Church of England leaders next month.

When the General Synod is held in York in July its members will be asked to vote on a church position on holding a day of prayer and fasting for “climate justice” on the first day of every month. They will also be asked to decide whether clergy’s training should “include components of eco-justice and ecotheology.”

The recommendations come after the Pope called the planet’s environmental destruction a sin and called on Catholics to “hear the cry of the earth.”