Achievements

The Bishop of London speaking at Operation Noah’s climate event, Westminster, July 2009.

Since its launch in 2004, Operation Noah has worked in many ways to raise awareness of climate change and to equip Christians to take a stand on this vital issue.

Theology

We held a series of annual lectures, with speakers including Dr Rowan Williams, then Archbishop of Canterbury; Andy Atkins, Friends of the Earth; Professor Tim Gorringe, Exeter University.

In 2012, we produced ‘Climate change and the purposes of God: a call to the Church’, a theological basis for a Christian response to climate change. The document was signed by leading church figures across many denominations, including Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury and Revd Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of Capetown.

Resources for churches

We have produced numerous theological, liturgical and practical resources for churches.

We commissioned a stand-up comedy routine about climate change from Christian comedian Paul Kerensa which was performed at Greenbelt.

We commissioned Baked Alaska, a play about climate change from  Riding Lights Theatre Company. This toured throughout the UK in 2015, and was performed to over 6000 people in 50 venues.  During the tour we had many requests that  this entertaining and challenging drama be made more widely available, particularly for younger audiences. Filmed excerpts, with accompanying resources, are now available for schools and study groups.

We are developing the Operation Noah Study Guide, a new series of Bible study resources to help theologically and politically conservative Christians to explore a scriptural basis for creation care.

Church divestment and reinvestment

Our Bright Now campaign has taken a leading and influential role in the national debate on the ethics of investment in fossil fuels, as well as encouraging reinvestment in clean alternatives. To date, we have seen the following divestment commitments from churches in the UK:

  • Quakers in Britain and the United Reformed Church Synod of Scotland have committed to full divestment from fossil fuels.
  • The Church of England, the Methodist Church, the United Reformed Church (in the rest of the UK) and the Church of Scotland have committed to divest from companies involved in the extraction of coal and tar sands.
  • In 2017, the Methodist Conference voted for the principle of divestment from fossil fuel companies whose business investment plans are at odds with the Paris Agreement.
  • Divestment commitments are also happening at community level: Brighthelm Church and Community Centre (part of the URC) has divested from fossil fuels, as have more than a quarter of Quaker meetings in Britain.

Our Bright Now report provided the moral, theological, scientific, financial and practical case for churches to divest from fossil fuel companies.

We have produced a practical guide ‘How to Divest your Church’, to explain how local churches can divest from fossil fuels and reinvest in fossil-free alternatives.

In 2016, we organised a conference for church investors with Climate Change Collaboration and Quaker Peace & Social Witness.

Partnerships

We were instrumental in setting up Prayer and Fast for the Climate, along with other members of the ‘Faith for the Climate’ network.

We are working with other faith-based environment organisations to enhance and support the teaching of creation care in ministerial training.

We are working with Climate Outreach, a leading authority on effective communication of climate change, on a pioneering research project exploring how individual Christians and churches around the UK respond to the language of climate change.

We are working with Christian Aid, Tearfund and others to train campaigners to promote creation care, political action and sustainability in their local communities.

Find out more

Read our annual reports.

 

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