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Climate Change

 Many resources are courtesy of Christian Concern for One World (CCOW) www.ccow.org.uk

 

Many christian organisations (ecumenical and denominational) are actively campaigning to raise awareness and promote action on Climate Change

Operation Noah This ecumenical programme of Christian Ecology Link, supported by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI), focuses specifically on campaigning on Climate Change. Its aim is to raise awareness in the churches but also to demonstrate demand among the mainstream British public for UK leadership on climate change. 

Ann Pettifor (formerly of Jubilee 2000) has been appointed Director (January 2007). Noah's prophetic actions to protect life on earth is a guide for our times.   The covenant which God signed with Noah and with all creatures after the flood forms the basis of their Climate Covenant in which individuals pledge actions to cut the carbon, switch to renewable supplies of electricity and spread the word. The website includes the 'Ark in a Box' - a package of resources, DVDs, resource sheets (resources which complement those of Eco-congregations) to help create the culture of justice for the poor. www.operationnoah.org/   email: info@operationnoah.org   Tel 0845 233 5399 

Christian Ecology Link (CEL) campaigns for a greener church and a greener world.  It is a multi-denominational UK organisation, to support Christians from all traditions demonstrate their care for the environment. CEL believes that we are responsible for our impact on God's creation as a whole and helps members to understand and relate these responsibilities to their faith.   It offers a range of publications,  ‘Green Christian’ magazine  where spirituality and the environment are key topics;  several topic leaflets eg 'Climate change: What Christians can do? '  'An environmental audit for churches'; 'Energy Use in Church Buildings'; 'Water – why water is important for Christians'; ‘Green’ shopping; 'LOAF – local, organic, animal friendly, and fairly traded' and 'Eight Ways to live gently on the earth'. CEL has an email newsletter which is good way of keeping abreast of news, events and critical issues where your action can make a difference.    www.christian-ecology.org.uk

A Rocha – an international conservation organisation working to care for God’s world.   A Rocha is now a family of projects working across the world, its work identified by five core commitments and to a practical outworking of each:  Christian, Conservation, Community, Cross-cultural and Cooperation in partnership with a wide variety of organisations who share a concern for a sustainable world.   A Rocha promotes Environment Day on 5th June and produces good materials for use on that day.  www.en.arocha.org  Tel 01387 710286  email: international@arocha.org.  www.climatestewards.org.uk - a branch of A Rocha, runs projects managed by their partners to help off-set carbon emissions.

 The John Ray Initiative (JRI) is an educational charity with a vision to bring together scientific and Christian understandings of the environment in a way that can be widely communicated and lead to effective action as responsible stewards.  www.jri.org.uk Denominational ProgrammesThe Methodist/United Reformed Church Creation Challenge Environmental Network. Relatively newly-established, the two churches together seeks to inspire churches and individuals to take direct action against climate change and make a commitment to caring for the environment, building on the environment statements of the churches.  The Creation Challenge Coordinator sends out monthly newsletters to subscribers. www.methodist.org.uk/static/econetwork

Shrinking the Footprint www.shrinkingthefootprint.cofe.anglican.org/   Shrinking the Footprint, the Church of England’s national environment campaign, was launched in June 2006, the first of a series of strategic initiatives aimed at creating "The 40% Church".  Churches are encouraged to carry out a simple environmental audit to help plan how to reduce their emissions.  Shrinking the Footprint offers information, links resources for churches, including "Sharing God's Planet: a Christian vision for a sustainable future" a report from the Church of England. Live Simply (www.livesimply.org.uk)Launched in November 2006, Live Simply is an initiative of the Catholic Church in England. It is based on the radical idea: that God calls us to live a new kind of life, in solidarity with the community, motivated by faith.  People are asked to look hard at their lifestyles, and to choose to live simply, sustainably and in solidarity with the poor; to work for justice and share.  Support is growing also from both Catholics and non Catholic. 

Living Witness .     (www.livingwitness.org.uk)The Living Witness Project is a growing network of Quaker meetings and groups in Britain, exploring their corporate witness to sustainable living and practice equality, simplicity, justice and peace which are at the heart of Quaker spiritual practice.  Tearfund (www.tearfund.org) have focused on climate as a key priority for some years, and offers major reports, stories and other resources as the effects of climate change bite into the lives of vulnerable communities across the globe. Tearfund's "For Tomorrow Too" is provided in the pack, along with its pledge card.  In February 2007 it launched its challenge "Don't be a Derek". 

Christian Aid (www.christian-aid.org) is now making climate change a key campaign priority, its partners increasingly telling of the impact on the lives of the poor communities they serve. Following its "Climate of poverty" report 2006 came 'It's time to change the climate" highlighting key facts reflection, prayers, a carbon calculator, news from their partners, and practical actions and a statement of belief.  In February it launched its new campaign, backed by commercial advertising and strong political campaign on its pressureworks website. 

World Development Movement, (www.wdm.org) created originally by the churches, WDM has launched its °C Change Campaign to emphasise the responsibility of rich countries like the UK for climate change, while poor countries bear the brunt of the impact.  WDM's campaign is calling on the UK government to act now and transform our economy to reduce our carbon emissions.

 Stop Climate Chaos - www.stopclimatechaos.org   is a new and growing coalition of UK environmental and international development organisations as well as women's organisations, activist groups and faith-based campaigns. It aims to build irresistible popular pressure on politicians to act to halt climate change. Combining with like-minded bodies in other countries it will work to ensure that other Governments do the same.  www.icount.org.uk