Christian Aid’s International Climate Lead, Mohamed Adow, commenting on the outcome of the United Nations climate change conference (COP24) in Katowice, Poland, said: “The majority of the rulebook for the Paris Agreement has been created, which is something to be thankful for. But the fact countries had to be dragged kicking and screaming to the […]
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.
As we enter the final week of Creation Time our Weekly Focus is again based on the resources produced by Eco-Congregation Scotland. With recent news saying that the world is ‘nowhere near on track’ to avoid warming beyond the 1.5C target, action on climate change is more urgent than ever. Here we ask whether we should open ourselves up to working with others of different faiths, for the common good?
As we enter the third week of Creation Time our reflection is based on the resources produced by Eco Congregation Scotland. It follows the theme ‘Passing our Planet on: God’s gift to us’, linking to Scotland’s Year of Young People. The theme reflects on our planet passing on from one generation to the next, and the gifts given to us by God to support and guide us in our care for creation.
The issue 1 September to 4 October each year has been designated as a time for the Church to consider care for the environment. In 1989 the Ecumenical Patriarch suggested that 1 September, the first day of the Orthodox Church’s year, should be observed as a day “of protection of the natural environment”. The proposal […]
With a month to go to Creation Time (also known by other similar names), recently endorsed by Church leaders from around the world including the Archbishop of Canterbury, we reflect on biodiversity – the variety of life on Earth.
1 September – 4 October 2018. Download resources to observe Creation Time or the Season of Creation 2018. Here we provide links to materials produced by the churches and other groups. A Rocha UK. A Rocha UK is encouraging churches to celebrate Creation Time 2018 by holding a Green Communion – a communion service that […]
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 […]
There can appear to be a clash between caring for the poor and caring for the planet. All the talk about tackling global warming, about carbon footprints, greener lifestyles and the need for renewable energy might seem to take us away from focussing on justice for the world’s most vulnerable people. Yet this is a false dilemma. The fact is that it is the world’s poor who are suffering first and suffering worst in a world affected by avoidable Climate Change.
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.
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 […]