Can the Church of England be trusted as custodians of God’s Creation? Shouldn’t they practice what they preach?

Our local wildlife is set to be significantly and irreparably impacted by the proposed development.   By their own admission, excerpts from the Church of England Commissioner’s (land owners) Ecological Impact Assessment makes reference to the devastating impact on ‘Red Listed’ Skylark and Yellow Hammer habitats and populations.  (Red being the highest conservation priority with species needing urgent action).

The assessment states:

“With a development of this scale, some impacts remain significant and are difficult to mitigate….. Regardless of what measures are put in place, some of the most sensitive species are likely to be displaced from the site either temporarily or long-term.”
It also sates:

“With regard to Yellow Hammer (Hedgerows) and Skylark (Arable Fields), development is likely to result in long-term displacement.  The impact will be negative at a District scale and would be largely irreversible.  The likely impact would be major’”

Please, let’s just go back and read the above extracts from the Church of England’s own published reports again….Two endangered species; likely permanently displaced from an environment that has supported their breeding activity for decades, if not centuries.  And this land is currently owned by the supposed Custodians and Protectors of God’s Creation.

The Church of England’s own Environmental Statement says:

 “The whole creation belongs to God. As human beings we are part of the whole and have a responsibility to love and care for what God has entrusted to us as temporary tenants of the planet. We are called to conserve its complex and fragile ecology, whilst recognising the need for responsible and sustainable development and the pursuit of social justice.”
“We believe that God: entrusts Creation to our care, calling us to be stewards of it; and requires us to care for Creation so that future generations can enjoy it and benefit from it. Hence we affirm that Christian mission includes caring for God’s earth and all Creation, and the Diocese affirms its commitment to the 5th Mark of Mission of the Church, which calls upon us to ‘strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the earth.”

This proposal flies in the face of all of the above.  We believe the Church of England should practice what it preaches.
Instead, for sale…..for profit?  How many pieces of silver?

What price do you put on the displacement of endangered species? 

Do humans need the homes more than they do? 

Of course, we need more houses, everyone agrees – but you have to wonder if a critically endangered species (or two) may need them more…….

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