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Bishop of Coventry: Christians don't have opportunities to discuss environment

Bishop Christopher was responding to a special survey, 'Reconciling a Wounded Planet', created to discuss the need for more teaching and open discussion in places of worship on the issue.

It was carried out by Christians who regularly attend church, and showed that almost 41% of believers think that they have more responsibility to help than non-Christians.

But it also showed 43% of those 153 asked said there was no opportunity to talk about environmental challenges in their religious places of worship.

Rt Revd Dr Christopher Cocksworth said, "This significant survey reveals a striking - and deeply worrying - mismatch.

"On the one hand, Christians have a strong desire to protect the environment.

"On the other, there is precious little to help them in the teaching and preaching of our churches."

He stressed that the Coventry conference in September - Reconciling a Wounded Planet - will be important, because "As 'ambassadors for Christ', we are 'entrusted with the message of reconciliation' (2 Cor. 5.19-20) which calls all humanity to be reconciled to its wounded planet."

60% of the respondents considered themselves 'informed' about the environmental crisis and mostly trusted scientists to inform them.

Life-style choices also showed to be important to Christians and the majority thought an energy-saving car was more important than a high performance car and people also felt it was important to use energy-efficient products in their home.

The conference is taking place 18th and 19th September 2015 and around 300 delegates are expected to attend, the key focus will be exploring the how the Christian church can collectively work towards finding lasting solutions.

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