Support climate justice with USPG and the world church
Climate change is a complex subject.
For some, the issue seems so big it’s hard to imagine we can do anything to help. Others assume the issue is being dealt with already by the UN, governments and aid agencies.
So what is the role of mission and the church in all of this?
We believe we can all do something to help combat climate change, whether by making changes in our personal lives or by acting collectively as a church or community.
Our 32-page advocacy and church resources booklet offers:
- An introductory guide to climate change, including glossary of terms;
- Stories that show the world church grappling with climate change;
- Church resources, including prayers and a bible study;
- Info on how to engage politically by lobbying your MP.
You can read it here or order printed copies for you and your congregation.
Download Faith in a Changing Climate (PDF)
Action needed now to prevent global disaster
Global warming, caused by pollution and other factors, leads to climate change, extreme weather and rising sea levels. As a result, around the world, lives are being lost, homes and infrastructure are being destroyed, and large numbers of people are being displaced.
Rich nations create most of this pollution but are least affected by changing weather patterns, while poorer nations feel the impact being unable to protect themselves against storms and severe weather.
Rather than taking positive action to tackle climate change, many rich nations have opposed ideas designed to reduce climate change, such as the Kyoto Protocol which recommends binding nations to targets and timetables for reducing pollution.
This state of affairs is unjust and needs to be addressed. If we are to save the planet from climate disaster and save communities from the impact of climate change, we must act now.
The Bible is clear that God wants us to work for climate justice. The Anglican Communion’s Fifth Mark of Mission reminds us that God longs for harmony in the whole of Creation, not just in the human family.
Rachel Parry, USPG Global Relations Director, said: ‘It seems the issue is so huge that many people choose to simply ignore the issues – but this path leads to a dying planet. We need to act now.’
‘To stop climate change, developed countries must be forced to burn less fuel. The solution is simple, but governments are reluctant to take action.’
Fr Herbert Fadriquela, Chaplain to the Filipino Community in Leicester, told USPG: ‘We are called to preserve God’s Creation. Let us slow down and stop global warming by fighting its causes. Let’s push the global powers-that-be to commit towards deep and drastic emission cuts. And let’s build a people’s movement on climate change.’
Lobby your MP
We are supporting Hope for the Future, an ecumenical campaign encouraging UK churches to speak out about climate justice.
We want to see UK churches and residents lobbying their local MPs to take action for the climate and put climate justice higher in their political agenda.
Pray and Fast for the Climate
Pray and Fast for the Climate is a growing global movement of Christians praying and fasting on the first of each month for climate justice.
In 2015, the Anglican Communion Bishops’ statement on the environment suggested that all Anglicans worldwide pray and fast on the first of the month.
Pray and Fast for the Climate is supported by members of the ‘Faith for the Climate’ network, including USPG.
Lifestyle tips to help combat global warming
Here’s a summary of ideas for how you could change your lifestyle to help combat global warming and reduce climate change.
Some ideas will be familiar, others might be new to you. Taking on board a few of these ideas would help to make a difference. Go for it!
- Buy reusable products instead of disposables.
- Recycle paper, plastic, newspaper, glass and cans.
- Turn down the heating while you’re sleeping or out.
- Replace all single glazed windows with double glazing.
- Keep windows and doors closed during winter.
- Putting on an extra layer and turn down the heat.
- Get a free home energy audit from your utility company to identify how to make your home energy efficient.
- Cover pots and pans while you cook to keep the heat in and reduce the amount of energy needed to heat your meal.
- Keep small amounts of water in the kettle – why heat two litres of water when you only need a cup?
- When doing small loads of washing, use the half-load or economy button and wash at a lower temperature.
- Use less hot water.
- Shower instead of bath.
- Wash clothes in warm or cold water.
- Run your dishwasher only with a full load.
- Don’t leave water running when you are not rinsing.
- Insulate your walls and attic.
- Turn off or unplug televisions, computers, etc, when not in use.
- Turn off lights when you leave a room.
- Use compact fluorescent light (CFL) light bulbs.
- Replace old inefficient appliances (such as refrigerators, washing machines and air conditioners) which waste energy.
- Support producers of renewable energy. In the UK you can get 100 per cent renewable electricity by switching to a company such as Ecotricity or Good Energy Ltd.
- Use a push mower to mow the lawn.
- Drive less.
- Use public transport.
- Use cloth shopping bags instead of getting paper or plastic at the grocery store.
- Make the most of scrap paper.
- For printers, use 100 per cent post consumer recycled paper.
- Only print if necessary.
- If you have the means, plant a tree.
- Buy locally to reduce the energy required to transport your goods.
- Shop at farmers’ markets or locally-owned grocery stores instead of chain grocery stores.
- Eat less meat. Large amounts of petrol are used in creating ammonium nitrate fertilizer (for the corn animals are fed), plus the cost of shipping corn and shipping the cattle to slaughter and grocery.
- Eating less beef will decrease the amount of cattle purpose-bred for meat, thereby reducing the amount of methane released by cattle into the atmosphere.
- Compost your leftovers and food scraps instead of tossing them in the trash.
- Vote for candidates that prioritise finding solutions to global warming.
- Encourage others to do the above also!