Newsletter September 2014 People’s Climate Mobilisation Operation Noah is joining with many other organisations to call on Christians and churches t

         
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Newsletter September 2014

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People’s Climate Mobilisation

Operation Noah is joining with many other organisations to call on Christians and churches to take part in an unprecedented global day of action on 21 September to demand action, not words, from our world leaders on climate change. There is a march in London plus other events across the UK. This is the weekend before the landmark UN Climate Summit in New York where world leaders will gather to set out their ambitions ahead of the international climate negotiations this year and next. Faith leaders from across the globe will also gather in New York ahead of the summit and will deliver a statement about the importance of a just outcome. We need your help to make this the biggest climate mobilisation event in history.

There are many ways that you can get involved, including distributing posters and fliers; promoting on social media; signing the petition to David Cameron; participating in For the Love of; organising a local event; or prop making for the march. Read more details here.

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Come along to the volunteers' meeting this Saturday 6 September

Venue: St Johns Waterloo, 11am to 12pm, followed by a leafleting session across London. Contact fatima@avaaz.org for details.

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People’s Climate Multifaith Gathering and church service

Operation Noah supporters are invited to attend the London Climate March on 21 September as an act of worship. The day will also mark International Peace Day with a multifaith gathering at 12.15pm, shortly before the march. This will be a space for prayer, silence and reflection with a group prayer for peace. In addition, there is an Anglican church service at 11am at St Mary le Strand, close by. The church bells will be ringing out across London and in cities around the world at 1pm in a 'Climate Chorus' as the march begins. If you are planning to join us on 21 September and would like to meet up with other Operation Noah people please get in touch at campaigns@operationnoah.org. We will have some Operation Noah banners too or you can bring your own. Details of faith events on the day are on our website.

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Pray and Fast for the Climate

Please join us in praying and fasting on the first day of every month for a meaningful and just global climate agreement at the UN talks. This initiative builds on the Fast for the Climate movement that began at last year’s UN climate talks. Christians owe it to future generations and those already impacted by climate change, to respond. We trust that God will use our prayers to influence politicians, build a powerful platform for change, strengthen our campaigning and inspire others.

There has never been a more crucial time for us to pray together in response to the climate crisis and to make a stand for climate justice. You can get involved by joining or running your own prayer events on the first of every month. We have resources available, including an article for your church news. Read more here.

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Service to launch ‘Pray and fast for the climate’ – 1 November

Operation Noah is hosting a special service to launch ‘Pray and fast for the climate’ on 1 November, 11am, at St John’s Waterloo, with guest preacher Revd Steve Chalke, followed by a time of reflective prayer. This is followed by a workshop at 1.30pm for any supporters wanting to host their own monthly event. Parallel services will be taking place in Brighton, Coventry, Lancaster and Oxford. Please get in touch if you are interested in holding a similar service on this day or to find out more at: campaigns@operationnoah.org

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Hope for the Future: Urgent action required

We are encouraging individuals and churches to write to your MPs now to urge them to set realistic climate change policies in their party manifestos ahead of the next general election in 2015. The party manifestos are being drawn up this autumn ahead of the Party Conferences. An MP or candidate will usually act if they get at least 10 letters on the same subject. See Hope for the Future for a sample letter and more information.

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Hunger for Justice: 18-19 October

Your church can also take part in Christian Aid’s Hunger for Justice, over the weekend of 18-19 October, when hundreds of churches nationwide will be urging their local MPs to tackle climate change, and praying for our sisters and brothers around the world.

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Environmental activism from a faith perspective

Operation Noah Board Members Ruth Jarman and Siobhan Grimes spoke to a group of seventy at the recent Greenbelt festival on environmental activism from a faith perspective. Siobhan spoke of her experiences of campaigning for fossil fuel divestment and working with the Bright Now campaign and Ruth spoke about her experiences of taking part in anti-fracking protests. They focused on the importance of friendship and Christian community in upholding and sustaining activism.

Workshop participants, including many children, took part in discussion groups and decorated Polar bear postcards calling for church divestment. These will be sent to the relevant decision-making bodies within the Methodist and Anglican Church. There was a lively Q&A session and positive feedback from participants, and we hope that new friendships were struck up.

Creation Time Month: 1 September to 4 October

This year's Creation Time focuses on International Year of Family Farming. There are resources available from CTBI here and Operation Noah here.

NEW BOOK

Sustainable Faith: A green gospel for the age of climate change, by Nicola Bull and Mark McAllister

Bible-based, this book demonstrates that an important element of 21st-century Christian faith is about engaging with the big challenges of climate change and sustainable living. Nicky Bull is an Operation Noah board member. ISBN:978-1-291-90020-0 £4.25 (available from www.lulu.com UK page).

New Operation Noah board members

Operation Noah is pleased to welcome three new board members: Jean Leston, who formerly worked for WWF on climate and energy and has been an active member of Christian Ecology Link; the Bishop of Kingston, Richard Cheetham; and Revd Darrell Hannah from Oxford Diocese. Operation Noah thanks retiring member Bishop David Atkinson for his valuable contribution to our theology group over many years.

Please help us by donating

Our campaign work relies on donations from supporters. You can set up a regular donation or give a one-off donation here. If you do your shopping online we are now also registered with Give as you Live so that you can donate to Operation Noah when you purchase.

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