Why every degree matters

The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has brought together the worlds leading climate scientists to release a new report on the effects of climate change.

The IPCC report is a clarion call for change and outlines that we need to take urgent action now to keep warming to 1.5 degrees. Every small increase above this level will have a devastating effect on humanity and our planet.

 

Here are three reasons why Christians must redouble our efforts to overcome climate change and lead the global church into action.

 

1. The poorest and most vulnerable will be hardest hit

We know that God is a God of justice and that His heart is for the poor. The injustice of climate change is that the developed world has released the most greenhouse gasses through industrialisation. Thus their wealth creation has caused the current effects of climate change that we are already witnessing. If they continue with unsustainable consumption then we will experience more droughts, floods, heatwaves and storms – all of which hit people in poverty, and those least responsible, hardest.

 

This is unjust. God cares about it and so should we.

 

 

2. This might be our last chance

The report makes it clear that we have only a few years to change our consumption habits or it will be impossible to avert the worst of climate change. We need urgent changes at an unprecedented scale. The positive news is that it’s possible. We can still meet the target of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees by turning the promises made in the Paris Agreement into concrete plans which are a step up in reach and scale. You can ensure politicians stick to the commitments made in the Paris Agreement by signing our petition. The petition will be presented to world leaders at COP24 in Poland this December.

 

3. The Church can lead on this issue

‘It’ll take urgent action from governments, businesses and ordinary people – right now, then over the next five years, and beyond. This is the challenge of our generation. And who better to take a lead than the church?’ – Ruth Valerio, Tearfund’s Advocacy and Influencing Director 

 

God’s people have been raised up ‘for such a time as this’. We can lead on the most important human rights issue of our time. Together we can make our collective voice heard in the corridors of power. Here are two things you can do to play your part in our generation’s challenge:

 

Pray: We have produced some resources to help you pray, worship and cry out to God to Renew Our World. Download this prayer resource to fuel your prayer and petition. Use the new Renew Our World song during your times of individual and corporate worship.

 

The Renew Our World Song

 

Act: Sign this petition and ask world leaders at COP24 in Poland to keep their promises made in the Paris agreement. You can also record your own version of the Renew Our World song and post it on social media using the #RenewOurWorld hashtag. We will collate these videos and present them to world leaders at COP24 and ask them to listen to the voices of Christians crying out for creation care.

 

The time is short. How will you play your part in bringing about change?

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