EVANGELICAL ALLIANCE TO HELP CHURCHES TACKLE CLIMATE CHANGE FOLLOWING COP26
This week, the Evangelical Alliance launched Changing church: climate change, a series of resources to equip the church to respond to the climate crisis with gospel motivation.
This comes after it found that 84 percent of church leaders don’t believe their church is doing enough to address climate change, according to its recent ‘Christians, creation and the climate’ survey. While most agreed that the church had an important role to play, 79 percent of all survey participants agreed that the church should be doing more.
Jo Evans, the advocacy coordinator at the Evangelical Alliance, says: “Our planet is in crisis, and although aspects of the new COP26 global climate deal are encouraging, the consensus is that communities still have a vital role to play.”
“We believe these resources can equip and empower the UK church to make practical changes and contributions to a climate change response, whilst keeping our eyes firmly fixed on Jesus. By understanding creation care as a gospel issue, we have an opportunity to be good stewards of God’s creation, love our neighbours, and tell others about our creator God.”
The resource comprises research into the attitudes and actions of the church; theological and biblical underpinnings for creation care; questions for church leadership; and 10 sustainable practices the church can implement now. Its key findings and recommendations are set to inspire the UK church in its efforts to engage with one of the pressing issues of our time.
This follows the Evangelical Alliance’s wider work at COP26, where its Scotland advocacy and public policy team provided updates and information on various events, partnered with Christian organisations in prayer and activity and met and prayed with leaders who were at the conference. It also hosted a special public leadership event at COP26 to inspire a new generation of Christians in public life.
The Evangelical Alliance will continue to weigh the research presented at COP26, articulate public policy decisions, and advocate for socio-economic change with biblical motivation.
To find out more and explore the resources, which are freely available for all to use, go to: eauk.org/climate-change
Written by: Helen Locke