News update February 2015 Show the Love This is a great way to show what we love this Valentine’s week and to help get the climate change message ac


News update February 2015


Show the Love

This is a great way to show what we love this Valentine’s week and to help get the climate change message across through your church communities. The Climate Coalition has developed some tools to use and share as an accessible way to get people thinking and talking about climate change, and to demonstrate that they care deeply about this issue. This campaign is designed to reach out to new audiences, in a positive way, who might not yet be engaged in the importance and urgency of climate change.

Watch and share the short film that features celebrities reciting Shakespeare’s famous love Sonnet. You can show this in your church community or at a church service too.
You can send a personalised Valentine’s card to your friends, colleagues, associates or loved ones highlighting what you love that is threatened by climate change.
You can download an origami green heart to wear and share. You can share a photo of you and others wearing your green hearts on Twitter using the hashtag #showthelove.
You can share what you love that is threatened by climate change through social media and on the For the Love of website.

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Spirit in Action for the Climate

Workshop on 14 March

There are still places for our upcoming workshop on Saturday 14 March in London, which we are co-hosting with Hope for the Future. You can book your place here.

This will be a great day to get to the heart of putting your faith into action for the climate. Workshops will focus on building a climate movement in your church; how to make a real impact on the political level through letter-writing and lobbying; fossil-free finance and an overview of faith-based and national campaigns. Speakers include Bishop Richard Cheetham, who will explore the spiritual inspiration for faith and action and reflect upon the science and political issues from a Christian perspective. Eilidh Macpherson from CAFOD will provide an overview of the political context of the climate movement for this year and the importance of the UN climate negotiations in Paris. There will also be group exercises to explore our personal spiritual calling to care for creation and act on climate change. See the workshop programme for more details.

Please share information about this workshop through your churches and with friends and colleagues. You can download a poster to display here.


Time to Act: Ecumenical Climate Service

Please join us before the national climate march on 7 March for a service at St Mary le Strand Church at 11.30am. Refreshments will be available from 10.30am. After the service we will gather for the faith block of the climate march from 12.30pm to 1pm at Lincoln’s Inn Fields. Please help us to advertise this event by distributing this poster and sharing the facebook event.



Is it ethical to invest in fossil fuels?

A new paper that explores how the Church, as an investor, can respond ethically to the growing threat of catastrophic climate change. We have drawn together reflections from leading Christian theologians, scientists and environmentalists on the biblical principles underpinning their faith to offer perspectives on the ethical issues that the Church faces. Both a full-length document and a shorter summary are available.

Climate Change and the Gospel

Why are we in the Christian church so slow in responding to the most important moral issue of our generation: climate change? A new paper by Bishop David Atkinson explores the Christian gospel and why we in the churches need to treat climate change more urgently. You can download the paper from Operation Noah's website: Climate Change and the Gospel.

Other upcoming events

Wednesday 11 February, 6.30pm: Prayer vigil outside Church of England General Synod organised by Christian Climate Action.

Global Divestment Day: 14 – 15 February
Find out how you can get involved in calling on the Church to disinvest from fossil fuels here.

Saturday 14 February, 12.30pm: Divest London rally outside City Hall.

Saturday 28 February, 10am to 5pm: The cost of life on earth, a conference organised by ECCR Oxford group exploring what our faith tells us about climate change and the ethical use of money.

Saturday 7 March, 12.30pm: Time to Act, national climate march, Lincoln’s Inn Fields to Parliament Square.

Saturday 28 March, 9am to 6pm: This Changes Everything, Friends House, Euston.
A mass participatory gathering with leading campaigners to create a next way forward for the climate and social justice movement.

Saturday 18 April, 10am to 6pm: Think! Environment Day: ‘Nature, Climate the Bible and You’, Ashburnham Place, East Sussex.
A day of information, reflection and action for individuals and churches, with guest speakers Andy Atkins (CEO, Friends of the Earth) and Ruth Valerio (Churches and Theology Director of A Rocha UK).

Wednesday 17 June: The Climate Coalition's mass lobby at Parliament. Climate campaigners from across the UK will be gathering at Parliament for a mass lobby of MPs on 17 June. Over 10,000 people are expected covering each constituent. Please get involved and inform members of your church. More details to follow.

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