‘By comparison to what it could have been, it’s a miracle. By comparison to what it should have been, it’s a disaster.’
That is how George Monbiot described the UN Paris agreement on climate last December. There are varying opinions on the agreement, from James Hansen’s ‘It’s a fraud… bullshit……… just worthless words’ to Christian Aid’s ‘Paris ushers in a new dawn.’
But most parties agree on one thing. That this is where the work starts. And that it is up to every one of us to hold our leaders to their promises.
As 350.org puts it, ‘Now it’s up to us to close the gap between rhetoric and reality. We’re ready.’
And Green Christian believes that Christians have a particular responsibility to call for action.
I will try to keep this page updated with what’s going on in the faith-based climate action this year.
Please go to this page for a list of climate change organisations
Actions you can do from your sofa:
Ask your MP to respond to the Paris agreement. Hope for the Future have all the information you need to invite your MP to issue a public statement supporting radical action on climate justice in accordance with the 1.5 degree target.
2. Watch and share the beautiful and moving 5 minute video ‘I wish for you’ by Michael Morpurgo, with Jeremy Irons and Maxine Peake.
This is part of The Climate Coalition‘s Show the Love campaign.
3. Ask your church to divest the rest:
The Methodist Church and the Church of England have voted to divest from tar sands and coal but are happy to stay cuddled up to oil and gas, saying that engagement with these companies is the answer. We don’t think that is a Christian thing to do. Brightnow will soon have a new campaign to help us talk to our churches about this, but in the mean time please read this brilliant new paper that well and truly squashes the engagement argument.
4. Pray and Fast for the Climate was set up to encourage UK Christians to pray and fast on the 1st of each month for a meaningful and just global climate agreement at the UN climate talks. I’ve heard that this may be continuing in some form this year too – so have left this item here in case!
5. Ourvoices.net was an all-faith response to the call from the UN for people of religious and spiritual faith to speak up and give the moral mandate for action at the Paris climate talks. I’m not sure if this is continuing this year – but keep checking this section and I will update it when I know!
Tearfund has a campaign called Ordinary Heroes. The current campaigns within it are: Stir up Suppers, Switch your energy and Eco Church.
8. Sign Plane Stupid’s petition
Join the call for the Government to deliver its climate promises by rejecting plans for new runways, at Heathrow or elsewhere. And register your support for the Heathrow 13 who will probably be in jail by the time you read this. They are to be sentenced on Feb 24th.
9. “The Big Shift” campaign is for churches, Christians and others to quicken the pace for getting out of fossil fuels. This includes encouraging governments and institutions to move our money out of investments into coal and into cleaner energy, plus lots of suggestions for individual and local action.
There is a great interactive guide here: http://www.christianaid.org.uk/Images/Big-Shift-Online-Training-PDF-Oct-15.pdf
A powerful film showing how climate change makes poverty worse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzTUL_9pnOk
Worship and prayer resources, Bible studies and sermon notes: http://www.christianaid.org.uk/ActNow/climate-justice/resources.aspx?Page=2
Plus pocket guides and much more resources are available from our website www.christianaid.org.uk/bigshift , or through contacting your local office (find it here: www.christianaid.org.uk/inyourarea ).
InfO: Kit Powney, Campaigns Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org