While 176 states ratified the UN climate change agreement in Paris two years ago, the big remaining issue is climate finance – poorer countries need the funding they have been promised for emissions reductions to be delivered. As Christians, we have responsibilities to care for the poor and the planet. So we need to be aware of the issues and know what we can do both as individuals and as churches.
Climate change has become an issue of major importance in the media and across the political spectrum.
- - Do the churches - or individual Christians - have a particular role to play in regard to climate change and the environment?
- - Is climate change due to our lack of proper care for God's created world?
- - As climate change is having a disproportionate effect on many of the poorest parts of the world, to what extent is this a justice issue?
These and other similar questions have been challenging churches for many years now, both to reflect on environmental issues from a theological point of view and to develop programmes of practical action.
Since 2008 CTBI has compiled a programme of resources to encourage and assist churches to observe Creation Time and these are available to download:
- 2017 Creation Time 2017
- 2016 Creation Time 2016
- 2015 Creation Time 2015
- 2014 God, Whose Farm is All Creation
Older resources from 2008-2013 are available on our old website,
There is a substantial amount of material related to the environment and global warming available from churches, agencies and groups - see links.
Everyone is being encouraged to talk to their MPs about climate change during the Climate Coalition’s Speak Up Week of Action from 30 June-8th July 2018. Churches and local groups are being asked to hold an environmentally focused event in the community – anything from having a street party, organising a local nature walk, screening […]
Here we provide links to Christian organisations and development agencies involved in environment and climate change issues, plus web pages and information provided by the churches. We also have a section of links to other groups, including the UK Government. Networks/movements Christian organisations Development agencies Churches Other groups Other faiths Networks/Movements ACT Alliance The ACT […]
‘Justice should flow down like waters and righteousness like an ever flowing stream’ (Amos 5.24), but today many people live in an environment where water has stopped rolling and the ever flowing streams have dried up and become ‘never flowing’.
Smallholder farmers – once considered as unimportant and inefficient by experts – are now being heralded as the key to increasing world food production while limiting the impact on land, water and the global climate, says Oikocredit, a Body in Association of CTBI. One prerequisite for this to happen, though, is that these farmers need the finance […]
Taking place in Bonn, Germany, from 6-17 November, the 2017 United Nations (UN) climate change conference (COP23) aims for progress and initiatives in two critical and inter-linked areas of action: Governments working to increase climate action under the terms of the Paris Agreement and the UN Climate Change Convention Showcasing, fostering and launching new and expanding […]
Churches and Christians are encouraged to celebrate the Time for Creation together between 1 September – 4 October 2017, and 1 September as the Day for Creation, by the Conference of European Churches (CEC), Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE) and the European Christian Environmental Network (ECEN). ‘Recent developments remind of the growing urgency of […]
Oikocredit, a Body in Association of CTBI, invests in more than 800 social enterprise partners across Africa, Asia, Latin America and central and eastern Europe. In Ghana it is helping to meet the ever-increasing demand for electricity by funding PEG, a social enterprise providing renewable energy. Affordable solar power could provide the answer to meeting the demand for […]
1 September – 4 October 2017. Download resources to observe Creation Time 2017. Here we provide links to materials produced by the churches and other groups for Creation Time 2017. Eco-congregation Scotland Resources for Creation Time 2017 come from an ecumenical writing group, with contributors from the Church of Scotland, the Roman Catholic Church, The […]
A more rapid transition to a low-carbon economy based on clean energy has been called for by delegations from the ACT Alliance (including Christian Aid), the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) at the United Nations climate conference, COP22, in Marrakech, Morocco, 7-18 2016. People of faith should come together […]