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Operation Noah was set up in 2004 to provide a Christian response to the climate crisis. We work with all Christian denominations and support interfaith work on climate change. Our work is informed by the latest science on climate change, its causes, impacts and solutions. The sense of urgency we feel because of the science is balanced by our faith in God and our hope in his future for our world. We are faith-motivated, science-informed and hope-inspired.
What has the climate crisis got to do with being a Christian?
Operation Noah believes that the likelihood of runaway global warming raises questions that go to the heart of our Christian faith.
We believe that God’s creation is a gift that we have a duty to care for and that the wellbeing of all creation matters to God. We must repent for the damage we have done to the earth.
We also believe that climate change is about justice, because the poor of the world – those who have done the least to cause it – are already suffering the devastating consequences of the climate crisis. Acting on climate change is about loving our neighbours: that means those in other countries and future generations too.
In 2012, Operation Noah put together a theology think-tank to look at the biblical basis for a Christian view on climate change. The resulting document, ‘Climate change and the purposes of God: a call to the Church’, was signed by church leaders from all the major UK denominations.
The climate crisis is one of the biggest issues confronting humanity. So how do we sustain hope in the midst of fear and denial?
Hope in God motivates us to take action that can lead to transformation. By God’s power at work within us, God is able to accomplish more than we can ask or imagine.
While facing up to the serious effects of global warming, despair is not an option for Christians. We are called to faith and action in a trusting response to God. As Christians we can live in hope, despite the dangers that threaten us.
In partnership with churches, we build courage in society for necessary decisions to be taken at national and international level. Seeking the grace of the gospel, we proclaim a renewed humanity, set free from unsustainable and dangerous patterns of consumption.
Science is crucial to an informed faith. It does not answer the moral or spiritual questions but it helps us understand the issues we need to deal with.
For Christians, science is a way of understanding what we can of God’s creation, through using experimental methods and drawing inferences from these to the best explanations we can find.
Climate science is still uncertain in the sense that all human knowledge is provisional and open to correction, but climate models have proven to be extremely reliable.
The IPCC, the United Nations body that assesses the science related to climate change, estimates that human activities have caused approximately 1.0°C of global warming above pre-industrial levels. Limiting climate change and its catastrophic consequences will require substantial and sustained reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. There is an overwhelming consensus from climate scientists that we know enough to make policy decisions to move away from dependence on fossil fuels – and that we need to do so urgently.
Through research and analysis, we equip Britain’s churches with an understanding of the climate crisis, scientific evidence, and its consequences in economic and political choice.