Faith communities step up in fight for climate


Faith groups are joining the conversation on climate change as the consequences of rampant fossil fuel consumption become increasingly apparent. Yesterday, the Church of England overwhelmingly voted to review the ethical permissibility of its fossil fuel investments, while in the US a coalition of American faith leaders are preparing for a national three-day “Preach-In” on climate change to be held over the weekend. In the UK, the Church of England’s announcement included one bishop describing climate change as “a great demon of our day”. The Church’s announcement follows in the footsteps of other faith communities, including the United Church of Christ in the US and the Quakers in Britain, in making moves to shift investments away from dirty fuels.  As for the three-day “Preach-In” on climate change to be held over the weekend in the US,  organizers expect the “Preach-In” to galvanize grassroots action on climate change among faith communities. This three day event in the US comes after 15 representatives from US faith communities testified in favor of higher carbon standards at a Environmental Protection Agency hearing. In all, these actions show that faith groups are increasingly speaking out about the threat of climate change and using a moral and spiritual lens to do so.


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  • “An important question for Christians, and for all people of goodwill, is this: How much carbon pollution should power plants be permitted to dump into the atmosphere—for others to pay for in health, and in climate disruption costs?” – John Elwood, member of the Environmental Stewardship Initiative of the Christian Reformed Church
  • “While we have a responsibility to the planet and to honor and maintain the great gifts of clean water, air and land, we also are called to care for our neighbors. Climate change disproportionately impacts vulnerable populations such as communities of color, low-income communities, women, and children. We must ensure that we are doing all that we can to improve the health and quality of life of our neighbors that generally contribute the least to pollution and our changing climate, but suffer the most.” – Tricia Bruckbauer, Creation Justice Ministries
  • “Climate change is increasingly becoming one of the moral issues of our time and the church has a powerful voice with which to speak. The Church Commissioners are fortunate to have £8 billion under investment. With great wealth comes great responsibility and I’m encouraged to see the Church taking that responsibility seriously by reviewing their ethical investment policies.” –  Dr Alison Doig, Christian Aid
  • “[The church needs to] align the mission of the church with its investment arm and with the life of the parishes… Climate change is a moral issue because the rich world has disproportionately contributed to it and the poor world is disproportionately suffering. Poor communities are least equipped to deal with the impacts.” – Canon Giles Goddard of Southwark diocese, who proposed the Church of England divestment motion
  • “[Climate change is] a giant evil; a great demon of our day… Its power is fed by greed, blindness and complacency in the present generation, and we know that this giant wreaks havoc through the immense power of the weather systems, which are themselves unpredictable.” – Steven Croft, the bishop of Sheffield
  • ‘Today the Church of England has taken the first step to re-engaging with the issue of climate change. This vote commits the Church to seriously consider how its investments reflect the urgency of climate change, including the option of disinvestment from fossil fuels. As Canon Goddard’s resolution made very clear we need to make a series of radical transformations in our economy and society if we are to avert catastrophic and uncontrolled changes to the climate system. That is going to require leadership from the Church.” –  Dr Isabel Carter, Chair of Operation Noah

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