Liverpool Cathedral welcomes climate change protestors


Liverpool Cathedral has opened our doors to climate change activists raising the issue of the climate emergency and concerns over the Church of England’s need to disinvest from fossil fuels. The protestors will join us at different points over the weekend using our exhibition, Coalescence, as a focal point for raising their issues.

Coalescence showcases a striking visual representation of the amount of coal needed to power a single 200W lightbulb for a year. We were keen to welcome it as it raised awareness of this crucial issue.

Alongside the Diocese of Liverpool, Liverpool Cathedral is working to achieve the net zero targets of the Church of England by 2030. The cathedral has put plenty of measures in place working to become an A Rocha sponsored Eco Church. We have placed a great deal of emphasis on changing our heating and lighting schemes and changed our working patterns to enable us to reduce our carbon footprint.

Our diocese has a committed team leading us through the process of improving our buildings and patterns of life.

Diocesan investments are currently managed ethically by CCLA who invest on behalf of many dioceses and cathedrals. We are assured that they do not currently invest in fossil fuels. We rely on the on-going work of the Church of England’s Ethical Investment Advisory Group to ensure that this remains the case.  Cathedral investments are directly managed through an investment manager. We are managing a process of disinvestment which is largely concluded;  we will be and remain fully disinvested from later this year onwards.

A spokesperson for Liverpool Cathedral and the Diocese of Liverpool said “we welcome those from Christian Climate Action and thank them for their commitments to treat our space respectfully while they raise this important issue. We hope we can join together in prayer for the care of God’s world. We recognise the massive impact that we can have on the environment and are pleased that this issue continues to be put before us. The climate emergency is a real, challenging responsibility for us all and we take this seriously. We encourage all congregations and communities to do the same.”