Shrinking the Footprint app

Life-style carbon calculator to mark Climate Week

A new app from Shrinking the Footprint, the national environmental campaign of the Church of England, offers smartphone users the opportunity to measure and reduce their carbon footprint.

Shrinking the Footprint is an official supporter of Climate Week, which starts tomorrow (4-10 March). It has 3,000 events showcasing projects combating climate change.

The free Shrinking the Footprint app focuses on energy used at home, in the office and on travel and even allows users to share their progress via Facebook and Twitter. In addition it offers useful information and tips on reducing your impact on the environment and a ‘Thought for the Day’ from the Christian Ecology Link.

The app is currently being trialled by the eco-congregation at Chelmsford cathedral. "Having an app that is easy and accessible with instant measurements of our carbon footprint is very exciting," says Mervyn Marshall, Chair of Chelmsford Cathedral’s Eco Congregation Group. "Chelmsford was the first Cathedral to be awarded Eco- Congregation status in 2009, so we are delighted to be supporting the launch of the app alongside Shrinking the Footprint campaign."

The app can be downloaded now for free from the Apple App and Google Play Store.

"The Shrinking the Footprint app allows everyone in the Church of England to get involved in reducing their carbon footprint," says David Shreeve, the National Environmental Adviser. "We hope people will download it and give us feedback to help fine tune what we believe will become THE Christian carbon calculator," he says. "