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‘Leave the car and walk’

The Bishop of Birmingham is putting his best foot forward to cut carbon and reconnect with the seasons this winter in a small step to avert the crisis of climate change.

The Bishop of Birmingham is putting his best foot forward to cut carbon and reconnect with the seasons this winter in a small step to avert the crisis of climate change.

Bishop David Urquhart is urging people to leave the car behind and make short journeys by foot or bicycle despite the shortening days and wintry weather.

In his monthly Diocesan Newsletter the Bishop suggested that people should aim to make one less fuel-powered journey each day and to use a green alternative like walking or cycling.

He said: “I am committed to walking through winter for a number of reasons. Going by foot does not produce any carbon and shrinks my personal footprint; it gives me a chance to reconnect with the seasons and enjoy the variations in the weather and it is a chance for me to look closely at my local environment and understand what is happening on the streets, in the parks and on my local High Street.

“Once the weather changes and the nights become longer it is all too easy to stay inside in a centrally-heated room and then to jump straight into a car, bus or taxi without really spending any time outdoors.

“In this way we can become disconnected from climate patterns which may begin to make us insensitive to the needs of the planet on a global scale.”

Bishop David said that although the problems of the planet could seem overwhelming the impact of many people taking small steps could have a significant impact.

 

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