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February 2012: Then Chair of Operation Noah, Dr Isabel Carter (far right), shows Operation Noah’s Ash Wednesday Declaration to signees, Rt Rev Richard Chartres, Bishop of London (seated left) and Rev Joel Edwards, International Director of Micah Challenge (seated right). Looking on are Sister Louisa Poole of the Catholic Bishops Conference (far left) and Triumph Ayo-Isegun, leader of the Methodist Church’s work on climate change.
Operation Noah launched Climate change and the purposes of God: a call to the Church (also known as the Ash Wednesday Declaration) on 22nd February 2012 at the start of the Christian season of Lent. The declaration, written by Operation Noah’s theology think-tank, challenges the Church to realise that care for God’s creation – and concern about climate change – is foundational to the Christian gospel and central to the Church’s mission.
This document marked a definitive line for the Church: if we are Christians, these are key issues to which we need to respond – as individuals, as local churches and collectively.