Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
If that is so, what should we as individual Christians, and corporately, as the Body of Christ, be doing? Does the Church have a prophetic voice to speak out to the world?
Articles and news items are appearing daily on news sites and dedicated web-sites.
Climate Change Action Events Need Your Support!
Our Parish is invited to join with others from across Aotearoa in these two key events towards addressing climate change:
Karakia for the Climate
7.30-9pm, Thursday 26 September, St Peter’s, Koromiko Road, Gonville
A reflective space to pray on the eve of the intergenerational climate strike. You can come and go at any point. There will be interactive prayer spaces and silent
Whanganui Strike 4 Climate
10am, Friday 27 September, Meet at Majestic Square.
Come and be part of an inter-generational global movement calling on government to take urgent climate action.
We will walk to the District Council offices.
Zero Carbon Bill – currently before parliament.
How we can be involved: Each year our Synod sets three topics as priorities for the whole of the diocese, so that rather than our efforts being diffused across the many concerns we have and topics that interest us, we can make an impact through concerted effort. One of the priorities agreed at Synod 2018 is Climate Change, and we have the opportunity to make a significant impact by together encouraging Parliament to adopt the Zero Carbon Bill currently under consideration.
More information can be found on the diocesan website, http://movementonline.org.nz/climatemission/. Submissions can be made online at https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/sc/make-a-submission or in writing to Environment Select Committee, (ZCB Submissions), Level 10 Bowen House, Parliament Buildings, Wellington.
Whanganui Anglicans ran a sermon series during June-July, “Out of Sight, Out of Mind” with a focus on the environment, especially climate change. See Sermons page for videos
News and Reports on Climate and Environment
The gloves are off: ‘predatory’ climate deniers are a threat to our children Tim Flannery, Professorial fellow, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Melbourne
‘No doubt left’ about scientific consensus on global warming, Extensive historical data shows recent extreme warming is unprecedented in past 2,000 years The Guardian 25 July 2019
Hopes for climate progress falter with coal still king across Asia In a vicious cycle, the very heatwaves and winter freezes which high carbon emissions cause, seem to be increasing them. The Guardian 16 June 2019
Nature at risk: damning report A bleak picture of the state of New Zealand’s environment has been painted by the government’s official report, Environment Aotearoa 2019. RNZ 18 April 2019
The future finds its voice Report on Youth day of action ODT 15 March 2019
Portrait of a planet on the verge of climate catastrophe A challenging UN report The Guardian 03/12/2018
Link to ‘Top 10 green websites’ An interesting Guardian page with links to various responses on recycling, lifestyle choices etc.
Climate change: ‘Where we are in seven charts, and what you can do to help’ BBC 03/12/2018
The links below give some insights into what is being said and done around these issues, both within the Christian Community and the world at large.
A Rocha Aotearoa New Zealand, is part of the A Rocha family of Christian environmental conservation organizations which currently operates in 20 countries around the world. As a family, we focus on environmental science and research, practical nature conservation, environmental education, creation care and advocacy through a variety of programmes and initiatives.
A Rocha Aoteoroa New Zealand
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.
European Ecumenical Assembly
The aim of the ECEN is to share information, experiences in environmental work among widely varied Christian traditions and to encourage a united witness in caring for God’s creation. ECEN works closely with the Conference of European Churches in addressing the need for environmental engagement and responding to climate change.
European Ecumenical Assembly
Evangelical Environmental Network (EEN)
“Creation-care means caring for all of God’s creation by stopping and preventing activities that are harmful (e.g. air and water pollution, species extinction), and participating in activities that further Christ’s reconciliation of all of creation to God. Doing creation-care fills us with the joy that only comes from doing the will of God.”
As weather, climate and the water cycle know no national boundaries, international cooperation at a global scale is essential for the development of meteorology, climatology and operational hydrology as well as to reap the benefits from their application. WMO provides the framework for such international cooperation.
This fragile earth deserves a voice. It needs solutions. It needs change. It needs action.
We’ve stopped environmental crimes in the past and held companies to account. Together in our thousands, we’re forcing change and seeing results.
More and more people are saying ‘no’ to trashing the oceans, forests and climate – and standing up to protect our air, land and water from pollution.