Connecting Missions with Climate Action and Creation Care

Originally posted on yecaction.org. 

Read our previous post about Urbana Here.

Brittany Urbana 2015 booth_smallIt might be too early to tell what God is doing in and through the hearts and minds of over 16,000 college students who participated in the Urbana Missions Conference in St. Louis a few weeks ago. However, I left the conference hopeful for the Church’s participation in the restoration of creation, specifically in addressing climate change. I had the opportunity to exhibit at the conference through my work with Care of Creation and was able to support a range of conversations on creation care and climate action among conference participants.  Continue reading

Joint Statement: Global Evangelical Leaders Welcome Paris Agreement

lausanne_creation_care_networkFour evangelical entities, the World Evangelical Alliance, the
Lausanne Creation Care Network, Tearfund and A Rocha International  have issued a joint statement praising the Paris Climate Agreement has an historic and landmark document, and pledging support for it through their members around the world.

As evangelical leaders, we commit to bringing the Paris Agreement home to the countries where we are represented all around the world, and to play our part in celebrating and promoting it, in working for its implementation and delivery, and in challenging governments and world leaders in the months and years ahead to strengthen it in the ways still needed. We also commit to supporting and engaging with other national and global processes which promote care for God’s creation and love for our neighbours suffering the impacts of environmental degradation such as the Habitat III conference in October 2016.

Read the entire document here:

Global Evangelical Leaders Welcome Paris Climate Agreement as Historical Accomplishment

We have an agreement! Video clips of comments at the final session of COP21

The final agreement, accepted unanimously by 195 or 196 countries (we’ve read both figures) is an historic event, as evidenced by the following brief clips of various dignitaries.

(All from the official UNFCCC video feed, archives of the full comments will be available here later.)

US Secretary of State John Kerry:

UN Secretary General Ban ki Moon:

Francoise Hollande, President of France:

Philippine Delegation (includes a shout-out to the world’s faith communities for their part):

Singapore Delegation:

Video: Hayhoe and Cizik on “Acceptance and Avoidance among Evangelicals

Here’s a video interview from Paris via climatematters.tv and the United Planet Faith & Science Initiative discussing the status of climate attitudes among US evangelicals.  Features a not-so-bad definition of evangelicalism in the first few minutes that might help any readers who are not that familiar with this group.

Runs about 30 minutes, and thanks to the engaging personalities of both Hayhoe and Cizik, very easy to listen too.  Might be worth sharing with others.  (At Care of Creation we have contact information for both of these speakers – let us know if you would like to reach out to either of them.)

NY Times: “On the edge of historical significance”

Will COP 21 produce a genuinely historic agreement or just one more try?  With less than 24 hours to go until the next (final?) deadline on Saturday, Coral Davenport of the New York Times holds out hope…

As I wrote earlier, the ultimate measure of whether the Paris pact is a success or a failure is whether it will send a market signal for investors to take their money out of fossil fuels and put it into low or zero-carbon energy sources.

If it does do that, then the Paris accord will play a major role in transforming the global economy from dependence on fossil fuels to reliance on renewable energy, and thus would save the world’s population from catastrophic climate impacts.

If it doesn’t send a market signal, the Paris deal is basically just an expression of political good will. Thursday night’s draft goes a long way toward sending that market signal, but it doesn’t get all the way there. The arguments over the final provisions that will determine whether the deal has teeth will unfold over the next 48 to 72 hours.

The biggest piece missing from the current text is clear language on monitoring and verifying whether and how countries will follow through on their promises to cut emissions.

Read the rest of the post here.