– An Eco Reflection –
The publication this week of the UN IPCC report on global warming and climate change will have caused many of us to stop and think. The conclusions make it clear that human behaviour has caused global warming and urgent action is needed. Issues of caring for God’s creation and climate justice were starkly brought to light through the contents of the report.
Like me, you may be thinking, what can we as Christians, do to respond to the findings? Here are some thoughts:
“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” (Romans 12:12)
We know that the Lord hears and responds to prayer.
Keep the climate crisis in your prayers every week- pray for global action and a willingness among nations to work together to tackle this problem. Also pray for a desire to take individual and local action in the UK, in Scotland and in our church family.
If you find yourself suffering from eco anxiety or find the climate crisis overwhelming, put it to the Lord. He knows what you need and will faithfully listen. No prayer is too small and no cry for help ignored.
Pray for COP26 taking place in Glasgow in November and join churches and Christians around the world uplifting that conference in prayer.
Investigate responses from well-known environmental and Christian organisations and do not lose heart- there is still time to take action and that time is now.
Have a look at a summary of the IPCC report’s findings (like this one) and Christian environmental resources such as Tearfund, Operation Noah , Less Waste Laura or Ruth Valerio.
Consider your own actions
Calculate your carbon footprint, buy less, shop locally, invest in and use green energy, turn your heating down, buy second hand – there are lots of things individuals can do to respond to the climate crisis!
Over the next few weeks and months, the new environmental group at SSCB (All things Eco) will be signposting small actions individuals can take to make a difference.
Participate in wider action
Climate change is a national and global issue and ultimately will need a global response to fully tackle it.
Join a campaign run by Christian Aid or Tearfund or write to your MP/MSP.
At a church level, our eco group would love your support – come along to our next meeting on 23 August, join our email list or pray for us.
As a church, we will be hosting two environment services on 3rd and 10th October where the Christian response to these global issues will be covered.
Do not lose hope
“Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.“ (Colossians 3:2). As Christians, our hope is not in this world but in Jesus Christ. Keep focused on the big picture whilst still using your time and talents to care for God’s creation and those suffering due to climate injustice.
[from Emma D]