CO2 levels in the atmosphere have risen dramatically in recent decades. The resulting climate change has caused a global temperature rise, warmer oceans, shrinking ice sheets, glacial retreat, decreased snow cover, rising sea levels, declining arctic sea ice, more extreme weather events and an increase in the acidity of surface ocean waters.
Becoming an environmentally aware Church is not just about recycling, or running the building in an efficient way. It needs to be part of our holistic mission – we have a responsibility to safeguard God’s creation.
Staff from the United Reformed Church joined the mass lobby The Time Is Now last June. Before the walk took place, the Most Revd Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, said “As we walk this morning let me urge you to keep in mind some individual faces; the individual faces of those in parts of the world who face the most immediate threat from climate change. People who have seen their habitat and livelihood wrecked by global warming. Those who are driven off their land in the Amazon by extractive industries and other companies, those who find it harder to see hope. We stand with them and keep their faces and their lives in mind. Because our faith is nothing if it’s not about particular people and particular faces, our brothers and sisters, our children and grandchildren.”
The Methodist Church and the URC are amongst several denominations in the Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) who work to: equip Christians to act and pray on issues of injustice, resource churches to reflect and campaign effectively and help our Churches to speak out with a distinctively Christian voice on injustice. They are encouraging Christians to think about how we can live out our calling to act as stewards of God’s creation to protect and nurture the earth which we have previously misused.
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