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In November 2016 we began a new outreach campaign, with funding support from the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust. Our aim is to encourage Christians who do not regard climate justice as a priority to become actively and politically engaged on this issue and to find their voice.
At Operation Noah, we believe that a just response to the climate crisis is foundational to our Christian faith. But we realise that for many Christians this is not yet the case. Many “ordinary” Christians may not see themselves as political, and may view climate change as a fringe issue for environmentalists and activists.
We want to demonstrate that climate change is an issue on which Christians can and should speak out, that their voice counts and that speaking out benefits the wider community and society as a whole. And we want to persuade our fellow Christians that the climate crisis requires engagement and action from all of us, regardless of our background or political position.
From attending meetings and events to developing theology resources, and collaborating with other Christian and secular organisations, we aim to reach a new audience, find common ground and help people to take action.
This campaign has five key objectives:
Up to now, much of the campaigning work on climate justice has concentrated on individual and local action rather than seeking political engagement and systemic change. This is not enough. Our view is that a just response to climate change requires systemic change on a national scale and this will only come through political engagement, pressure and consensus.
Many campaigners view the 2015 Paris Agreement as a turning point in the response to the climate crisis. It has given a wake-up call on the human and environmental cost of exceeding ‘safe’ targets for temperature rises, and highlighted the urgent need for change in order to meet these targets. It has also shone a spotlight on the UK Government’s domestic response to climate change and the widening gap between what they say and what they do. It is vital now that we speak out as Christians on these issues.
Please contact our campaigner Stephen Edwards on firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want help with how to start engaging with climate change, are looking for current political campaigns or would like Jonathan to come and talk to your congregation or small group please get in touch.