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What can we do?
The human race is facing the greatest challenge to its long term survival in combatting climate change before it is too late.
The Church worldwide has awoken to its responsibilities as stewards of God's Creation and as Christians we want to do our bit to make a difference, but what can we do? It is so easy to feel powerless in the face of such enormous global political and economic forces at work in our world.
But there is one thing we can do and that is to pray to our Lord God and Heavenly Father - in particular for our world leaders as they meet together in Glasgow for the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) from 31st October to 12th November 2021.
Green Christian and Tear Fund are two of many Chistian organisations which have put together some guides for our prayers and you may find these links helpful in fulfilling this task:
the Anglican church's Response
Anglican Church policy is now fully on board with combatting climate change as we can see from the powerful Archbishops' Statement, signed by the Pope and the Patriarch of the Eastern Orthodox Church as well as the Archbishop of Canterbury.
You can access this via the following link:
The C of E also has its own website on its growing response to Climate Change, with details od what is happening in the Church worldwide and useful recommendations for practical actions at both church and individual level.
Click on the green tab below to discover this.
A Rocha UK: Eco Church caring for the earth
"Eco Church is a free online award scheme and is an A Rocha UK project, in partnership with Christian Aid, The Church of England, The Methodist Church, Allchurches Trust, The United Reformed Church and Tearfund. In the scheme’s sixth year, we are encouraging more churches to join the Eco Church community."
Hereford Cathedral was the 1000th church to gain an Eco Church Award (Silver) in January 2021 for their care for creation.
"Hereford Cathedral, one of over 3000 churches to register for Eco Church, shares eco-lifestyle tips during school visits and in its weekly church notices, including suggestions on personal consumption and carbon footprint reduction. They have made alterations to the heating and lighting across the church buildings to improve efficiency and are actively researching how best to install water harvesting systems in the future."
"Hereford Cathedral holds Open Gardens events which celebrate the value of the outdoors and invites the public to explore the cathedral grounds. Image by: Gordon Taylor"
Text quoted above, and image used, is taken from A Rocha's Eco Church website page entitled Beacon of Hope.
To find out more about Eco Church please click on the green tab below.
The Way ahead for us as Earth stewards
Would you like to look at making some changes to your lifestyle to reduce your Carbon Footprint and tread lightly upon our precious earth?
A good way to start is by measuring your own Carbon Footprint; this calculator is easy and fun to use and is recommended by the C of E in the web site referenced in green below this link.
The C of E's website on Environmental Policy and Practice (link in green below) gives some very useful ideas about the lifestyle changes individuals can make towards achieving the goal of creation care through through living more sustainably. Please check it out as there is a lot at stake.
The BBC Environment Report (May 2020) also gives a thought provoking "10 Top Tips" for reducing your impact on our planet .( Click on the green tab below)