Faith leaders call for a green recovery

03 July 2020

Faith leaders have called for an environment-focused economic recovery. The statement has been signed by the Methodist Church President, the Revd Richard Teal and Vice-President, Carolyn Lawrence.

COVID-19 has unexpectedly taught us a great deal. Amidst the fear and the grief for loved ones lost, many of us have found consolation in the dramatic reduction of pollution and the restoration of nature. Renewed delight in and contact with the natural world has the capacity to reduce our mental stress and nourish us spiritually.
We have rediscovered our sense of how interconnected the world is. The very health and future of humanity depends on our ability to act together not only with respect to pandemics but also in protecting our global eco-system.


At the same time, less travel and consumption and more kindness and neighbourliness have helped us appreciate what society can really mean. We have also seen yet again that in times of crisis, injustice becomes more obvious, and that it is the poor and vulnerable who suffer most.


All this shows us how precarious our previous ‘business as usual’ was, socially, economically, ecologically and spiritually.  Yet we have also demonstrated our capacity to adapt to new realities.  Many people have discovered a deeper sense of spirituality. We have seen the possibility of creating a more sustainable and generous society in which we care more deeply for each other and the world.


Our faiths teach us that our planet, with its rich resources and inspiring diversity, is lent to us on trust only and we are accountable for how we treat it. We are urgently and inescapably responsible, not just before God but to our own children and the very future of humanity.


This unique moment calls us to develop a shared new vision for our future which we cannot afford to miss. As faith leaders we are committed to working alongside the people and governments of this nation and the world to formulate and live by such a vision.


It must be based on the recognition of our limits: this planet is a complex ecosystem in which we are only one part. It must be rooted in sustainability and respect for nature and the earth’s resources. It must be founded on the fundamental principles of justice and responsibility.

In this, the fifth anniversary year of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si, we undertake to:
– Speak out urgently about the need for change;
-Promote the vision of the earth as our common home which must be shared equitably;
– Protect biodiversity and restore natural environments;
– Work with our communities to reduce substantially the carbon intensity of our activities;
– Build worldwide partnerships to reduce the impact of climate change on the poorest and most vulnerable;
– Model what we teach in our faiths and communities.


We therefore call on our Government to:
– Ensure that every element of the economic recovery strategy has at its centre the urgent need to reduce the risk of catastrophic climate change;
– Implement policies for sustainability in every sector of the economy;
– Take its due share of responsibility for a global & just transition, including through its approach to trade, investment and overseas aid;
– Use its COP26 presidency to work for a global commitment to net zero, building on the Paris Agreement;
– To protect biodiversity and restore the environment;


We urge every sector of civil society to use this opportunity to work together to create a better world.

Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury and Church of England lead on the environment.
Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, Rabbi, New North London Synagogue and Senior Rabbi of Masorti Judaism
Bishop John Arnold, RC Bishop of Salford and lead on Environment for the Catholic Bishop’s’ Conference of England and Wales
Dr Husna Ahmad OBE, CEO, Global One, Trustee, Faith for the Climate
Qari Muhammad Asim MBE, Chair, Mosques & Imams National Advisory Board
Rabbi Charley Baginsky, Interim Director of Liberal Judaism
The Very Rev Dr Susan Brown, Convener of the Faith Impact Forum, The Church of Scotland
Talia Chain, CEO, Sadeh Farm, Trustee, Faith for the Climate
Lord Chartres, formerly Bishop of London
Rt Revd Richard Cheetham, Bishop of Kingston
Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, Bishop of Southwark
Rt Revd Jonathan Clark, Bishop of Croydon
Commissioner Anthony Cotterill, Territorial Commander of The Salvation Army in the United Kingdom Territory with the Republic of Ireland
Jamie Cresswell, Chair, Religions for Peace UK, Trustee, Faith for the Climate
Rt Revd Woyin Karowei Dorgu, Bishop of Woolwich
Mr Derek Estill, Moderator of General Assembly, United Reformed Church
Olivia Fuchs, Eco Dharma Network coordinator
Revd Giles Goddard, Chair, Faith for the Climate
Rabbi Mark Goldsmith, Senior Rabbi, Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue
Revd Lynn Green, General Secretary, Baptist Union of Great Britain
Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, Senior Rabbi to Reform Judaism
BK Jayanti, Director, Brahma Kumaris UK
Jagbir Jhutti-Johal, Senior Lecturer, Sikh Studies, University of Birmingham, Trustee, Faith for the Climate
Bishop James Jones KBE, former Bishop of Liverpool and former Co-founder of Faiths4Change
Fazlun Khalid, Founder, Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Sciences
Carolyn Lawrence, Vice-President of the Methodist Conference
Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra, Co-Director, Virtue Ethics Foundation
Paul Parker, Recording Clerk, Quakers in Britain
Mrs Trupti Patel, President Hindu Forum of Britain, Trustee, Faith for the Climate
Gopal D. Patel Director, The Bhumi Project
Imam Sayed Razawi FRSA, Chief Imam, Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society
Rabbi Tanya Sakhnovich, Rabbi, Nottingham Liberal Synagogue
Most Rev Mark Strange, Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church
Revd Richard Teal, President of the Methodist Conference
Revd Nigel Uden, Moderator of General Assembly, United Reformed Church
Rt Revd Graham Usher, Bishop of Norwich
Canon Guy Wilkinson CBE, Secretary, Faith for the Climate
Lord Williams of Oystermouth, Master of Magdalene College Cambridge and formerly Archbishop of Canterbury

The Time is Now for a Green and Fair Recovery : 30 Jun, ONLINE

On 30 June we are coming together for a virtual lobby, inviting you, and thousands of others to ask MPs to put people, climate and nature at the heart of our nation’s recovery. 

The UK is at a turning point. As we build back from the current health crisis, we have the opportunity to rebuild a resilient economy that benefits everyone in society and tackle climate change and nature’s decline, creating jobs and protecting the most vulnerable in the UK and around the world. Or we can let the moment for change pass us by, go back to old ways and wait for new crises to hit. 

Using our voices to call for action is more important than ever. Have a virtual cup of tea with your MP on Tuesday 30 June and tell them that #TheTimeIsNow to put a healthy, greener, fairer future at the heart of plans to rebuild from the Coronavirus crisis.

 Read the Virtual Lobby Guide

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Season of Creation 2020 Celebration Guide

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The need for just and sustainable systems has been revealed by the far-reaching effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic. In this context the 2020 Season of Creation Guide invites the Christian family to unite in a worldwide celebration of prayer and action to protect our common home. Among other ecumenical organisations, the European Christian Environmental Network (ECEN) has contributed to the guide that addresses the theme “Jubilee for the Earth” considering the integral relationship between the Earth and ecological, economic, social and political ways of living.
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Climate Change: Church and Green Recovery

Climate Change: Church and Green Recovery

How can Church communities play their part in a ‘Green Recovery’ to address Climate Change?This one-hour webinar, hosted by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI), is moderated by James Anthony, Project Coordinator for Climate Sunday, CTBI. It features Caroline Pomeroy, Director, Climate Stewards and James Buchanan, Bright Now Campaign Manager, Operation Noah.

Posted by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland on Tuesday, 9 June 2020

Recording of webinar on Tue 9 Jun on how Church communities can play their part in shaping and campaigning for a ‘Green Recovery’ to address Climate Change.

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Climate Sunday

Local churches are encouraged to hold a local Climate Sunday any time during a one-year period starting on 6th September (the first Sunday in the annual season of Creation Time/Season of Creation).

Free resources will be provided to suit every tradition and style of worship.

During their local Climate Sunday, churches are invited to do one or more of three things:

  1. Climate service: Hold a climate-focused service, to explore the theological and scientific basis of creation care and action on climate, to pray, and to commit to action.
  2. Commit: Make a commitment as a local church community to taking long term action to reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions.
  3. Call: Join with other churches and wider society by adding its name to a common call for the UK government to take much bolder action on climate change in this country in advance of COP26, and to strengthen its credibility to lead the international community to adopt a step change in action at COP26. The culmination of the campaign will be a national Climate Sunday event on Sunday 5th September 2021, to share church commitments and pray for bold action and courageous leadership at COP26.

Climate Sunday has been organised by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI) with support from charities including CAFOD, Christian Aid, Tearfund, A Rocha UK, and Operation Noah.

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To register visit the Climate Sunday website.

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Find out more about the initiative by reading this blog by Andy Atkins, CEO of A Rocha UK and Chair of the Climate Sunday Steering Group.

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Climate Change: Church and Green Recovery : 9 Jun, ONLINE

Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI) will be hosting a webinar featuring the Director of Climate Stewards; Caroline Pomeroy and James Buchanan, Bright Now Campaign Manager from Operation Noah, who will be discussing how Church communities can play their part in shaping and campaigning for a Green Recovery to address Climate Change.

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What can the #Coronavirus pandemic teach us about responding to Climate Emergency. A Christian perspective : 28 May, ONLINE

We are delighted to confirm that Margot and Martin Hodson, a couple of renowned Chritian speakers and educators on issues of faith, sustainability and science, will be giving a Zoom talk entitled:


What can the #Coronavirus pandemic teach us about responding to Climate Emergency. A Christian perspective.


Margot is an associate vicar, theologian, researcher and educator working within the field of environmental theology. She is a former chaplain at Jesus College, Oxford and is Director of Theology and Education at the John Ray Initiative.

Martin is a plant scientist and climate change expert who holds a variety of research and educational roles, including a visiting research post at Oxford Brookes University, membrsio at the Institute of Human Sciences at the University of Oxford and he is also Operations Manager at John Ray Initiative.

For further information about the John Ray Initiative see: https://www.jri.org.uk/

To learn more about Margot and Martin please visit their websites at http://www.hodsons.org/

Questions welcome both on the day of the talk in Zoom chat and via email worcester@greenchristian.org.uk

Please join us in Zoom

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85132469446?pwd=KzByNFFHcUFzOWNnNlROT1FSVjBYdz09

The talk has been organised by Green Christians in Worcester.

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“Jubilee for the Earth: New Rhythms, New Hope” – a webinar for the 2020 Season of Creation : 8 Jun, ONLINE

From September 1 to October 4, the Christian family celebrates the good gift of creation. This global celebration began in 1989 with the Ecumenical Patriarchate’s recognition of the day of prayer for creation and is now embraced by the wide ecumenical community.

This year, the global reach of the novel coronavirus revealed our shared human nature and the inter-connectivity of our economies, political structures, health care systems, food production chains, energy and transportation systems in devastating ways. The pandemic also demonstrated that the entire web is rooted in the earth and limited by the earth’s capacity to sustain our economic and ecological demands. The unjust effects of climate change are a consequence of our inability to find a sustainable balance of this web.

During the Season of Creation, we unite as one family in Christ, celebrating the bonds we share with each other and with “every living creature on Earth.” (Genesis 9:10) The Christian family celebrates the season by spending time in prayer, considering ways to inhabit our common home more sustainably, and lifting our voices in the public sphere.

On 8 June, speakers from the organisations promoting Season of Creation 2020 will be together in a webinar to reflect on the theme of this year’s edition.

What: “Jubilee for the Earth: New Rhythms, New Hope” – a webinar for the 2020 Season of Creation
When: 8 June 2020, 16:00 – 17:30 (CET)
Where: Zoom (registration link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lp2I_plNTpOA9Qf5IJ2gwg)

Speakers:
Ruth Valerio (Tearfund)
Rei Crizaldo (Micah)
Martin Kopp (GreenFaith)
Fr. Joshtrom Kureethadam (Ecology and Creation Sector of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development)
Ruth Padilla deBorst (Latin America Theological Fellowship)

Moderated by:
Rev. Dr Chad Rimmer (The Lutheran World Federation)
Rev. Dr Dave Bookless (A Rocha)

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Pope Francis invites us to join the Season of Creation

The Season of Creation is a time to slow down and focus on what matters. During this special time each year, we repair and restore our relationships with each other and with all creation.

From September 1 to October 4, Christians around the world celebrate the Season of Creation. Join us in this season of care.

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Laudato Si’ at 5: As Prophetic and Relevant As Ever

View the Laudato Si’ Week webinar “Laudato Si’ at 5: As Prophetic and Relevant As Ever”, a special conversation with Fr. Augusto Zampini-Davies, adjunct secretary of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Integral Human Development and Christiana Figueres, former Executive Secretary of the Climate Change Secretariat (UNFCCC).

Learn more about how everything is connected at www.laudatosiweek.org.

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