We're all in the same canoe
Helen looks back over two weeks of negotiations at the UN's Climate Talks, cop23.
As Christians across the globe we are calling for action on climate change. The changing climate is causing great damage to people and planet right now, and we are particularly concerned about hunger and poverty hitting the most vulnerable communities, who did least to cause it.
We urge each nation’s leaders to keep the promises they made in the Paris Agreement, to restore the natural balance.
Please use the COP23 global climate talks in Bonn, Germany this November, for each country to make significant progress to:
Please follow up at the COP24 climate talks in November 2018, in Poland.
This is our generation’s challenge, a significant part of how we love our neighbours.
We’re committing to respond as Christians by living more sustainably, praying, and raising our voices; we’re asking every member of the church – the world’s largest network – to join in, alongside many others, and every national leader to lead the way.
Bishop Efraim Tendero
Secretary-General and CEO of the World Evangelical Alliance. Bishop Ef states, “Our current generation must actively engage in renewing our world. We owe it to the next generation who will live in it and to our God who called us to be stewards of this world which He created.”
Dr Denis Mukwege
Award-winning gynecologist and human rights activist. Dr Mukwege says, “I am convinced that climate change has the biggest impact on the most vulnerable. The related competition for natural resources, especially agricultural land, it is a key driver of violent conflicts. Women often bear the brunt of this violence. Christians must bear their responsibility to speak out against this injustice.”
Best-selling author and Director of the 24-Prayer Movement. He says, “The real and present crisis of climate change is bigger than political opportunism, bigger than national interest, bigger than us all. Millions of lives are at stake. That’s why I wholeheartedly support the Renew Our World campaign calling on world leaders to honour the promises they made in the Paris Agreement.”
Archbishop Thabo Makgoba
The Most Revd Dr. Thabo Makgoba is the Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town in South Africa and the Primate of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa.
Photo credit: Anglican Archives 2016
Dr Katharine Hayhoe is a Climate Scientist. She was named in TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. Together with her husband Andrew Farley, best-selling author of eight books including The Naked Gospel, Katharine wrote A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions.
Archbishop Winston Halapua
The Most Rev Dr Winston Halapua is Bishop of the Anglican Church in Polynesia, incorporating Fiji, Samoa,Tonga, the Cook Islands, and Aotearoa New Zealand. He is based in Suva, Fiji.
Photo credit: anglicantaonga.org.nz
Nichole Nordeman is a chart-topping American Christian music artist with four No. 1 and seven Top 5 singles under her belt — along with nine Dove Awards including two Female Vocalist of the Year awards.
Valdir Steuernagel, from Curitiba in Parana State, Brazil, is a pastor, theologian, member of Brazilian Christian Evangelic Alliance, international speaker and writer, and has a doctorate in Missiology from Chicago Lutheran School.
Executive Secretary, Inter-religious Council of Peru. She says, “Caring for the environment is part of our Christian vocation. The earth is not ours. The earth is of God, and God made it for all, and he demands us to have an attitude of care, service and respect… For this reason, we demand that the countries that have signed the Paris Agreement reaffirm their commitments.”
Directora de Vida Abundante, Peru. “Why should we be interested in the environmental crisis? Because it is our responsibility as Christians, because this wonderful house that God made, needs our help, especially because it is a matter of security, not only national, but global… I support “Renew our world” because it gives us a great opportunity to express our commitment for caring and defending our house.”
Archbishop Albert Chama
The Most Revd Albert Chama is a Zambian Anglican bishop. He is the Archbishop and Primate of Central Africa.
Photo Credit: Anglican Alliance 2017
Clemir Fernandes lives in Rio de Janeiro and as well as being a pastor, theologian, and activist, he is the Coordinator of Latin American Theology of Rio de Janeiro, Editor of Novos Dialogos Publishing, and a researcher for ISER (The Institute of Religious Studies)
He says: “Climate change challenges our Christian faith to take better care of God’s creation by obeying His Word. So that there is more dignity and social-environmental justice for all creatures, and for the most impoverished people of our planet”.
Rev Eric Ighalo is the National President of the Student Christian Movement (SCM) of Nigieria, and former leader of Liberty Evangelical Church in Lagos, Nigeria.
Pablo Gutierrez is General-Secretary of the Peruvian Biblical Society.
Christina Brudereck is a Christian writer and artist in Germany. She says, “Green seems to be God’s favorite colour. Our hearts und deeds should green. Climate connects all God’s children and creatures.”
Victor Arroyo is Executive Director of the National Evangelical Council of Peru.
Jonathan Martin is a Christian preacher and author of How to Survive a Shipwreck (Zondervan, 2016) and Prototype (2017). He has Masters from the Pentecostal Theological Seminary and ThM from Duke University. He hails from the American South and lives in Oklahoma, USA.
Rev. Samuel Aguilar
Rev. Samuel Aguilar is Bishop of the Methodist Church of Peru.
Rev. Dr. Peace Phyllis Goodey is Senior Pastor of the Christ Believers Healing Ministries, and Treasurer of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria.
Archbishop Philip Freier
The Most Reverend Dr Philip Freier is Archbishop of Melbourne and Primate of the Anglican Church in Australia.
Photo credit: anglicanprimate.org.au
Thomas Bucher is General Secretary of the European Evangelical Alliance (EEA)
Rev. Mrs. Omatsola Williams is National President of the Women’s Wing of the Christian Council of Nigeria (WOWICCN)
Ariovaldo Ramos is a Pastor, Philosopher, Theologian, Writer, and founder of “Frente de Evangélicos Pelo Estado de Direito”.
Pastor Jean-Luc Ziehli
Pastor Jean-Luc Ziehli is President of the Swiss Evangelical Network (RES)
Rev Dr Obed Dashan
Rev Dr Obed Dashan is Vice President of the Church of Christ in Nigeria.
Rev. Dr. Jwan Zhumbes
Rev. Dr. Jwan Zhumbes is Bishop of Anglican Church in Bukuru, Nigeria.
Archbishop Francisco Silva
The Most Revd Francisco De Assis Da Silva is the Anglican Archbishop and Primate of Brazil.
Photo Credit- Anglican Church of Brazil
Evi Rodemann is part of Lausanne International and is Co-chair of the European Youth Ministry Network. She says, “Not to care for the world means not to love people. We cannot invest into people and not invest into caring for our planet. Human tragedies happen because we care too little about the climate change. Now is the time to take action, now is the time to love people like never before!”
Rev Dr Robert Innes
The Rev Dr Robert Innes is Bishop of the Anglican Diocese in Europe. He says, “I believe climate change and the degradation of the planet is the key moral issue of our time. I urge the world’s political leaders to keep to the crucial ecological commitments made in Paris.”
Uwe Heimowski represents the German Evangelical Alliance at the German Parliament.
Dr Wilf Gasser
Dr Wilf Gasser is President of the Swiss Evangelical Alliance and former Associate Secretary General of the World Evangelical Alliance
President of The Latin American Theological Fraternity
Manoel Martins lives in Manaus city, north Brazil, and is President of Amazon Foursquare Church with a Masters Degree in Missiology from Fuller Seminary (USA).
Amazon and Lowland Tribal Empowerment Coalition – Latin American office
Director of Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL) in Peru
Rev John and Anne Coles
Rev John Coles, New Wine Chair of Trustees; Anne Coles, New Wine Women’s Ministry Leader. They say, “If anyone has a heart they will have wept over the life-destroying impact of recent ‘natural disasters’ of floods, earthquakes and famines all over the world. If anyone has a mind they will be thinking we must do all we can to counter the impact of climate change especially on the poorest.”
President of the Conseil National des Évangéliques de France (National Council of Evangelicals in France).
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