Six Things You Can Do About Climate Change
On September 23, 2014, Heads of State along with business, finance, and civil society leaders will head to New York for the UN Climate Summit. The Summit is part of a global effort to mobilize action and ambition on climate change.
The weekend before the Summit, faith leaders from around the world will gather to discuss and highlight the specific contributions that faith traditions bring to the international climate debate. Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ), a national organization of members inspired by faith to act for justice in Canadian public policy, has prepared resources that make it easy for Christians across Canada to raise their voices in support concrete action on climate change. All of their resources can be found at www.cpj.ca/climate.
Here are six things CPJ urges you to do about climate change:
- Inform: Inform your congregation of the summit and encourage members to walk, bike, or take the bus to church on September 21st. Visit www.cpj.ca/climate for suggested wordings for church bulletin inserts.
- Reflect: Living Faithfully into a New Climate: A Bible Study on Creation Advocacy and Care looks at biblical and theological perspectives on creation and offers concrete tools to assist faith communities in moving from interest to action rooted in the Christian call to care for creation.
- Sing: Hymns for Creation - As part of your engagement on “Living Faithfully into a New Climate,” you are invited to sing praises.
- Offer: “Prayers of the People” or prayers of intercession as part of your regular Sunday worship: Prayers of Intercession.
- Engage youth and young adults: Activities for Youth and Young Adults invites the young members of our congregations to begin with wonder and to explore how we can more deliberately live out the Christian call to creation advocacy and care.
- Communicate: Write a letter, send an email, or connect on social media to let your MP how important climate change is to you.
We urge you to join the international efforts to stop climate change by engaging in one or more of these actions.