Bishop of London: Contributing to Climate Change is a Sin

The Bishop of London has declared that contributing to climate change by flying on holiday, driving a "gas-guzzling" car or failing to use energy-saving measures in the home is sinful. Richard Chartres will emphasize that it is a moral obligation for Christians to lead an eco-friendly lifestyle, and will encourage vicars to preach more green sermons. Chartres, who chairs the bishops' panel on the environment, said: "There is now an overriding imperative to walk more lightly upon the earth and we need to make our lifestyle decisions in that light. Making selfish choices such as flying on holiday or buying a large car are a symptom of sin. Sin is not just a restricted list of moral mistakes. It is living a life turned in on itself where people ignore the consequences of their actions." The third most senior bishop in the Church of England, Chartres has declared his views as it prepares to publish Treasures on Earth, a booklet on environmental matters to be sent to every diocese for distribution. Among other things, the booklet will say that scientific research supporting predictions that the earth faces serious climate change is "overwhelming". It will also detail practical ways for Christians to cut their carbon emissions, at church and at home, including trying to walk or cycle to communion. The church will also step up its efforts to cut carbon emissions, asking vicars to conduct energy audits to help individual churches reduce their carbon footprints. A similar story here in the States made a big splash earlier this year. ::Times Online via ::Green Car Congress