This Autumn we are all asked to focus on our climate, the suffering already caused and the threats to our fellow creatures. We want to show the politicians that people really care in the lead up to the crucial climate talks in Glasgow in November. That’s why we are encouraging everyone to take part in the Great Big Green Week 18-26 September.
Could your place of worship organise a special service? A display? A coffee morning? A speaker?
The Climate Sunday initiative is calling on all local churches to hold a climate-focused service on any Sunday before COP26 (November 2021).
There are lots of new resources including the Climate Emergency Toolkit which guides your church or Christian organisation through simple but powerful actions that have an impact far beyond your own walls or community.
The Season of Creation 2021 – A home for all? Renewing the Oikos of God.
An ecumenical time to renew our relationship with our Creator and all creation through celebration, conversion, and commitment together. During the Season of Creation, we join our sisters and brothers in the ecumenical family in prayer and action for our
Ummah for Earth is an alliance-led initiative, with the goal to empower Muslim communities who are facing crises. The alliance addresses the pressing challenges facing our world. Together, we can take action toward a positive change.
More about the Alliance here
All of these organisations have materials you could use. The list is from the One World Week website. One World Week 2021 (17-24 Oct) is focussing on the climate with the theme Act Now for Our Children’s World.
The Catholic Agency for Overseas Development has lots of great resources including be a Zero Hero and Our Common Home plus more for schools and youth groups
Lots of ideas and resources too, especially right now on divesting from fossil fuels.
Ideas, campaigns and resources for various faiths
A Rocha has an eco-church project which offers a free online survey and supporting resources It covers looking after buildings and land; engaging with the local community and in global campaigns, and in the personal lifestyles of the congregation. Activities can lead to an Eco-Award.
Provides a practical and simple roadmap for synagogues. Eco Synagogue is a cross-denominational project with synagogues from each of the movements invited to participate. Eco Synagogue was developed in partnership with A Rocha, founders of Eco Church, and launched in January 2018.
Faith for the Climate
exists to encourage, inspire and equip faith communities in their work on climate change.
• Preparing for the COP26: https://www.faithfortheclimate.org.uk/getting-ready-for-cop26
• examples of faith group activities https://www.faithfortheclimate.org.uk/Building-Capacity
• websites which cater for each of the main Faiths’ engagement in environmental issues
- Green Christian
Lots of ideas for action and worship resources.
An interfaith coalition for the environment that works with houses of worship, religious schools, and people of all faiths to help them become better environmental stewards.
This site is based in the USA and some of its sections relate specifically to activities (some of which could be models for wider adoption).
Hope for the Future
A Christian organisation which trains people in communicating with MPs and working with local councils
Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Sciences (IFEES) /Eco-Islam is a UK registered charity operating internationally, through programmes designed to increase knowledge and awareness, alleviate poverty, combat climate change and deal with other major environmental issues. See the Islamic Declaration on Climate Change and the Projects here including the Muslim Green Guide to Reducing Climate Change
One Earth Sangra – a Buddhist perspective
Working with the churches to inspire action on climate change, Operation Noah has resources, Bible studies and a divestment campaign.
Pray and Fast for the Climate
Quaker Peace and Social Justice
Lots of action and ideas
Wave of Hope – part of the Reboot Campaign: prayer and action to tackle injustice and see a breakthrough in the climate crisis. https://www.tearfund.org/campaigns/reboot-campaign/waveof-hope – Tearfund is joining with more than 75 other organisations in the Crack the Crises coalition, representing more than 10 million people in the UK, in this Wave of Hope. “Together, we can raise our voices powerfully to crack the crises of coronavirus, injustice, climate change and nature loss.”
Christianity and Climate Change Tearfund’s nine-part film series for small groups featuring
Katharine Hayhoe, the internationally renowned Christian climate scientist.
A Rocha UK’s Wild Christian scheme is a community of families and individuals exploring the connections between our Christian faith, the natural environment, and how we live.