Shrinking the footprint is the strapline for the Church of England's environmental campaign, which was launched in June 2006 following a General Synod motion in 2005 calling for the Church to engage with issues of climate change and energy use. The goal is to cut carbon emissions from Church activities, structures and processes in line with the recommendations of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to 20% of 1990 levels by the year 2050.
The campaign has recently been given fresh impetus following the passing of the 2019 General Synod motion calling for more help to be given to churches to measure their CO2 emissions. We welcome the motion and are grateful to the London and Truro dioceses for their hard work in getting the Church to this point. At a diocesan level we feel a strong sense of duty to lead by example with our own carbon footprint reduction and awareness activities.