Our Success Story

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 the climate crisis and to equip Christians to take a stand on this vital issue. Whilst the story is far from over, it is important to reflect on our successes. Here we have a summary of what we’ve achieved over the years.

Theology

  • We held a series of annual lectures, with speakers including Dr Rowan Williams, then Archbishop of Canterbury; Andy Atkins, then of Friends of the Earth; and 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 the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, and Revd Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town.

Resources for churches

  • We have produced numerous theological, liturgical and practical resources for churches.
  • In 2012 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.
  • In 2018, in partnership with World Day of Prayer, we produced a video called Sālote, which aims to help Christians recognise the human impact of climate change, particularly its effect on women and children. There is an activity pack, factsheet and colouring-in pages to accompany the videos.
  • In  2018 we also launched Tenants of the King, a Bible-based, Jesus-centred four-part study series designed to help individuals and churches consider what the bible has to say about today’s climate crisis. As of the end of 2020, 3000 copies have been purchased.

Visit our resource pages.

Church divestment and reinvestment

Since 2016, 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.

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