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.
The ACT Alliance, is a coalition of more than 140 churches and affiliated organisations associated with the World Council of Churches or the Lutheran World Federation, aiming to create positive and sustainable change in the lives of poor and marginalised people.
Together with Stop Climate Chaos Cymru and Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, aims to be the broadest and most diverse coalition yet established within the UK to campaign for changes to government policy on climate change. Its membership includes many Christian environmental organisations, along with other UK leading environmental bodies and international development agencies. The current campaign is called For the Love of… focussed on taking climate change seriously in response to the love of all the things we care about.
A movement of Christians praying and fasting on the 1st of each month for climate justice. It is supported by members of the ‘Faith for the Climate’ network, including A Rocha UK, the Baptist Union, Christian Aid, the Church of England and Shrinking the Footprint, the Methodist Church, Operation Noah, Tearfund and the United Reformed Church.
A UK wide campaign that aimed at getting realistic climate change policies into the manifestos of the main political parties ahead of the general election in May 2015. The website has a range of resources including how to work constructively with your MP. Partners include A Rocha UK, Christian Aid, Church Mission Society (CMS), Climate Stewards, Christian Ecology Link, Eco Congregation, the Iona Community, Quaker Peace & Social Witness, Tearfund and US.
A Rocha is a Christian conservation organisation. Started in Portugal in 1983 (where A Rocha means ‘the rock’) it now works in many countries around the world, operating by means of distinctively Christian projects and with a variety of partners. It is involved in scientific research, environmental education and community-based conservation projects.
As well as providing speakers for Church events, A Rocha has a range of resource packs available for download including Where is your home? (2013) and The Life of Trees and the Tree of Life (2012), plus videos, audio talks, and a list of books related to creation care – available via the international website.
In Jan 2016 it launched Eco Church in partnership with Christian Aid, the Church of England, the Methodist Church and Tearfund.
The At Your Service website provides Creation care resources for churches.
A Christian carbon offsetting charity that invites individuals, churches, charities and businesses to ‘reduce what you can and offset what you can’t’.
Eco Church, the successor to Eco-Congregation in England and Wales, launched on 26 Jan 2016 and provides resources for churches to do an environmental audit (church check-up) and to encourage appropriate action. There is an award scheme designed to affirm good practice in environmental stewardship. Eco Church is an A Rocha UK project, run in partnership with Christian Aid, the Church of England, the Methodist Church and Tearfund.
In Scotland, Eco-Congregation is an independent charity offering a programme ‘to enthuse and equip churches to weave environmental issues into their life and mission in an enjoyable and stimulating way’. Eco-Congregation Ireland was initiated by the Church in Society Forum of the Irish Inter-Church Meeting and is run by a committee working in a voluntary capacity. Each of the main Christian churches on the island is represented.
An initiative of Christian churches and organisations to promote the preservation, responsible management and the equitable distribution of water for all. EWN facilitates exchanges of information, providing resources for churches, Christian organisations and others about the global water crisis and community-based solutions and initiatives. It also promotes and coordinates advocacy towards the recognition and implementation of the human right to water. The Secretariat of the EWN is located at the World Council of Churches in Geneva.
The European Christian Environmental Network (ECEN) is a church network promoting co-operation in caring for creation. Its aims are to share information and experiences in environmental work among widely varied Christian traditions, and to encourage a united witness in caring for God’s creation. Formed in 1998, ECEN is a network of the Conference of European Churches (CEC)and is CEC’s main way of addressing environmental issues from the perspective of Christian theology and a Christian way of life.
Green Christian is the new name (since January 2015) for Christian Ecology Link (CEL). It describes itself as a community of ordinary Christians concerned about our impact on God’s creation. It provides information on ecology and the environment for Christians and churches, and offers Christian insights to the Green movement. Formed in 1981 as CEL, and formally constituted in 1982, it supports Christians from all backgrounds and traditions.
Green Christian has produced two Ecocell toolkits to help people live a more simple, more Christian lifestyle. Ecocell 1 provides first steps to low carbon living, while Ecocell 2 is for those who are ‘willing to take on the very demanding commitment of completing the journey to sustainability’.
Other resources include a monthly prayer guide, articles for including in church magazines and leaflets for churches.
Current campaigns include Joy in Enough, to promote a new way of thinking about the economy; and LOAF, the group’s food campaign which encourages people to choose food that fulfils at least one of the following criteria – Locally produced, Organically grown, Animal friendly or Fairly traded.
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’. It was formed in 1997 in ‘recognition of the urgent need to respond to the global environmental crisis and the challenges of sustainable development and environmental stewardship’.
Operation Noah is an ecumenical Christian charity aiming to provide ‘leadership, focus and inspiration in response to the growing threat of catastrophic climate change endangering God’s creation’. Its trustees, staff and supporters are cross-denominational and include members of the Catholic, Anglican and free churches.
The theological basis for its work is set out in the Ash Wednesday Declaration, launched at the beginning of Lent 2012, challenging the church to ‘realise that care for God’s creation – and concern about climate change – is foundational to the Christian gospel and central to the church’s mission’.
Its current campaign Bright Now aims to persuade churches to disinvest from fossil fuel companies.
Originally a joint project of Christian Ecology Link (CEL) and the Environmental Issues Network of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, it is now set up as a separate organisation while retaining its Christian focus. Individuals are encouraged to support Operation Noah’s campaign aims.
Christian Aid works globally for ‘profound change that eradicates the causes of poverty, striving to achieve equality, dignity and freedom for all, regardless of faith or nationality’. It campaigns for ‘climate justice’ as millions of the world’s poorest people are already feeling the impact of climate change through droughts, floods and extreme weather.
Its current climate change campaign is The Big Shift, aiming to end the use of fossil fuels and campaign for a safe, clean future for all.
Christian Aid produced a paper in October 2014, Song of the Prophets: A global theology on climate change.
An earlier publication ‘All creation groaning’: a theological approach to climate change and development outlines a theological approach based on the starting point that climate change is essentially a justice issue.
CAFOD is the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales and part of Caritas International. It raises funds so that it can promote long-term development, respond to emergencies, raise public awareness of the causes of poverty, speak out on behalf of poor communities, and promote social justice in witness to Christian faith and gospel values.
CAFOD is a member of the Climate Coalition.
CAFOD’s current campaigns is One Climate, One World.
All We Can is the new identity (since April 2014) for the Methodist Relief and Development Fund MRDF. It is an international development, relief and advocacy organisation with its roots in the Methodist Church and vision, priorities and values grounded in Christian principles. It focuses on local partnerships and longer term collaborative relationships in support of the poorest communities in some of the poorest countries.
It campaigns for climate action and has joined the Climate Coalition in calling on political leaders to take climate change more seriously than ever.
The official aid and international development charity of the Catholic Church in Scotland.
Tearfund is a Christian relief and development agency working with a global network of local churches to help eradicate poverty. It’s work on climate change includes producing a number of policy reports.
Trocaire is the official overseas development agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland. It works internationally with other organisations to call on world leaders to agree to a new global deal to tackle climate change. The Trocaire website includes resources for educators and parishes.
The Joint Public Issues Team works on behalf of the Baptist Union, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church in the area of public issues. Its website has a number of briefings on environmental issues including ‘Hope in God’s Future’, a report and study guide setting out the position of the Baptist Union, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church on climate change; and ‘Fuel Poverty and the role of clean low carbon energy’.
Shrinking the Footprint is the Church of England’s national environmental campaign that supports the Church’s 44 dioceses in reducing their carbon footprint.
In addition the church is concerned with a number of national and international environmental issues and it is involved with some governmental and NGO activities. The church’s environment consultant is David Shreeve.
Environmental sustainability is part of the Whole Church Mission and Ministry Policy of the Scottish Episcopal Church. It has produced a Statement of Principles of Sustainability.
The Church of Scotland’s website includes a ‘Care for the Earth’ section which provides resources to measure a church’s carbon footprint, information on sustainable agriculture and briefing papers on climate change.
The Carbon Reduction Project is enabling the Methodist Church to assess its carbon footprint and bring about a reduction in carbon emissions in line with the national goal for 2050.
The 2011 Methodist Conference made an official Conference Statement on climate change, based on the report and study guide ‘Hope in God’s Future’ which sets out the position of the Baptist Union, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church on climate change.
At the 2011 Yearly Meeting Gathering, Quakers in Britain made a corporate commitment to become a low-carbon, sustainable community and the Quaker Living Witness project supports this. The website includes a sustainability toolkit, an online climate impact calculator, a quarterly newsletter quarterly newsletter ‘earthQuaker’, plus a range of published material.
It has also been agreed that centrally-held funds should not be invested in fossil fuel extraction companies and a briefing has been produced for individual Friends and meetings.
A network of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in North America.
Environment comes under the department of International affairs. It includes resources on Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato si’, links to Vatican documents concerning the environment, theology resources, plus information for those at home, work, school and in the parish.
Care for Creation is one of the themes of Catholic Social teaching. The web pages include reflections, stories and resources.
A national prize for Catholic parishes putting their faith into action by living simply, sustainably with creation, and in solidarity with people in poverty. It is inspired by the papal letter Populorum Progressio.
The website includes a number of Catholic papers on climate change.
A project with World Council of Churches (WCC) involvement, it seeks to map the current situation of training, teaching and research on Eco theology, climate justice and food security in theological education, ecumenical formation and Christian leadership development, and the resources and examples of good practice that are available.
Verses and passages that speak to God’s care for creation are highlighted in green, and it includes a ‘green Bible index’ and personal study guide. It is printed on recycled paper, using soy-based ink with a cotton/linen cover. Although originally published in 2008, it still seems to be available from some booksellers in the UK and Ireland.
An American based organisation that seeks to educate, inspire, and mobilise Christians in their efforts to care for God’s creation and protect the environment.
Although not updated since 2011, the website contains a range of resources including Bible Verses about Caring For Creation. The website is linked to the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.
A secular body that helps the world’s major religions to develop their environmental programmes, based on their own teachings, beliefs and practices, links them with other key environmental organisations, and lists faith-based environmental programmes around the world.
An internationally recognised body which articulates the Islamic position on issues relating to destruction of the Earth’s eco-systems while at the same time suggesting practical responses for Muslims. Its newsletter is EcoIslam.
A Buddhist website looking at the science and solutions to global warming.